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Words and Images by Loo Kin Hong—  Iceland is known for her majestic nature that charms visitors with her beauty and serenity. Her natural beauty offers almost all the natural scenery of the world on one island. Travelling in Iceland is an experience and a journey as English poet William…

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 […]


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 Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi

This beautiful hardback , The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi took me by surprise.  On first glance it is a handsome book with a black cover, Nordic looking cover art and the slightly chilling sentence above the title ‘They thought they were alone…’  The cover promises the story of an ambitious camping trip in Iceland’s […]

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 […]

Iceland Noir – a short film about experience 

This film is all about experience at a crime writing festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. It contains interviews with authors, fans and one of the festival organisers as well as images, music and some text. It was made as piece of academic work in 2014 to allow me to explore videography as a tool for research. […]

Broken Chord: the first Jacopo Dragonetti mystery, by Margaret Moore

I’m an avid reader of the books featuring Inspectors Montalbano, Brunetti and Bordelli by Andrea Camilleri, Donna Leon and Marco Vichi respectively, so it’s always interesting to come across a ‘new kid on the block’. This time the crime investigator is Jacopo Dragonetti, State Prosecutor for the Province of Luca. This is the first outing […]

The Petrona Award 2016 Shortlist

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We’re announcing today the shortlist for the 2016 Petrona Award. Six top quality books from Finland, Sweden and Norway have made the shortlist. They are:  THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway) THE DEFENCELESS by Kati Hiekkapelto tr. David Hackston (Orenda Books; Finland) THE CAVEMAN by…

This is Carnage! #NordicNoir

Thin Ice is an Icelandic murder mystery written by Quentin Bates featuring Officer Gunnhildur.  I always look forward to meeting a new detective and recently more so if that detective is a woman.  Let’s call it the Sarah Lund Effect.  Gunnhildur takes her job seriously. It narrowly takes first place in her life to her […]