Category Nordic Noir Writers

Killed by Thomas Enger

Last weekend at Granite Noir, a crime writing festival in Aberdeen, Norwegian author Thomas Enger officially launched Killed.  I want to share with you the satisfaction of reading the fifth and final book in the Henning Juul series, a Norwegian best seller. Henning Juul, a journalist, is driven to discover why his son died.  He […]

In from the Cold: Northern Noir

Stepping into Europe House in London meant immersing yourself in the world of languages and books. On 18th October 2017 a special event was held under the auspices of European Literature Network and Rosie Goldsmith – In from the Cold: Northern Noir. A symposium on Northern crime writing, crime fiction translation and criticism, looking at […]


Nordic favourites at #Tidelines Book Festival this September

Good News! Both Agnes Ravatn* and Gunnar  Staalesen will be appearing at the Tidelines book festival in Irvine, Scotland on the 21-24 September 2107.  Nordic Noir are definitely big fans of both of these authors from Norway. Agnes is relatively new on the scene in the UK having had one book translated into English and […]

Wolves in the Dark by Gunnar Staalesen #bookgiveaway #giveaway

Dear Varg Your lawyer told me that you have been arrested and are being held in prison for something unimaginable.  I hope this letter gets to you eventually. I can’t believe that they would think you have anything to do with a child pornography ring. You are a former social worker. Are they mad? Who […]

Newcastle Noir on film!

The fabulous Newcastle Noir festival has just taken place and some of it was captured on film by Ariane with her GoPro.  See how many of your favourite authors you can spot! If you enjoyed that you may enjoy this. Thanks for watching!

The Exiled by Kati Hiekkapelto

‘Many times during the course of his life he had wondered what was ultimately true and what was false. What was reality and what merely illusion, and how much of it was nothing but a web of words and thoughts in our own brains, a tapestry of our own making.’ (The Exiled, p.177) Our protagonist […]

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn is a beautifully written and translated book (from Norwegian by Rosie Hedger).  The writing has a lot of space in it and yet at times the reader feels boxed in by the characters’ claustrophobic existence. The reader is given just enough information to piece together the story. It really […]

Chilled to the Bone – An Icelandic Murder Mystery

Chilled to the Bone is the third book by Quentin Bates to feature Sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir.  Set in Iceland the tale starts when an elderly ship owner is found dead, tied to a bed in a fancy Reykjavik hotel.  It is a tale of bondage, blackmail and government secrets.  Underlying it all is a typically […]

Future Nordic Noir TV Gold – Norway’s Chief Inspector Wisting

When was the last time you photographed a pile of manure? Thought so. But that’s exactly what I do as we arrive outside an anonymous farm. It is July, close enough to June, the month when Jørn Lier Horst’s latest book The Ordeal is set. The international best-selling Norwegian writer doesn’t ignore a good opportunity […]