Category Bloody Scotland


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 […]

Crime in the Wee County – Mason Cross

We are very excited about this free event in our wee county! There is a Meet the Author Event with Mason Cross at The Ben Cleuch Centre, Tillicoultry on Tuesday 16 August at 7pm Like Norway’s Gunnar Staalesen, Scottish author Mason Cross is influenced by Chandler’s style and sets his books in the USA.  He […]

Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

  Many of this blog’s readers may be familiar with author Alexandra Sokoloff from panel discussions at crime writing festivals such as Bloody Scotland,  Newcastle Noir and Iceland Noir. We picked up her Huntress Moon book at Stirling’s Off the Page festival and decided to write a short review. One cannot live on Nordic Noir […]

Books in Bergen: A Review by Ewa Sherman

    Having followed in Varg Veum’s footsteps previously, while reading Gunnar Staalesen’s   We Shall Inherit the Wind, I wanted to go back to Bergen. Luckily I found the best reason possible: the Literary Festival (De Litterære Festspill) organised by the Godfather of crime fiction himself Gunnar Staalesen between 26th and 28th May 2016. […]

Crime in the Wee County #BookWeekScot

As winter approaches and it gets darker and darker our minds may turn to curling up with a good book in front of the fire or perhaps what to buy for the crime fiction reader in your life for Christmas.  The wee county is hosting a couple top notch crime events this month that can […]

An Invitation to Bloody Scotland Meet Up #BloodyScotland

Do you fancy meeting up if you are coming to Stirling for Bloody Scotland?  Please let us know. Some of us are organising a meal on the Saturday night at 7pm and there may be a chance to have coffee if you can’t make that particular time. Message us at, on Facebook or on […]

Nordic Noir News #fridayfeeling #SummerReading

Its Friday so lets have some good news… July sees the release of Dark Branches by Nik Frobenius a Norwegian author and screenwriter (think thriller Insomnia with Al Pacino and Robin Williams). This book is published by Scottish publishers Sandstone Press who are worth keeping an eye on if you like translated crime fiction. They […]

Good news for fans of Nordic Noir

If you are a fan of Nordic Noir novels then there is a good chance you are reading translated works such as these:         Have you ever wondered about the process of translating novels?  The world of translated fiction is a little more vibrant these days but it is seen as a high risk […]