Ice Moon at Euro Crime

My review of Jan Costin Wagner’s Ice Moon, an excellent, haunting police procedural set in Finland, has been posted at Euro Crime.

Also on Euro Crime is Karen Meek’s review of the same book.

Don’t forget to visit the Euro Crime website for competitions, news and other reviews of the crime world. This week’s other new reviews: a second review of Cross by Ken Bruen; Sunnie Gill continues to be pleased with her recent discovery of Ann Cleeves as she reviews Hidden Depths; likewise Karen Chisholm is impressed with Stuart MacBride’s Broken Skin.

And don’t forget to contribute to our quiet Revish reading group, in which we are asking each other which is our favourite crime-fiction novel read so far this year. Some good recommendations in there: all you need to do is to add yours.

Love books, love libraries

From an email I received today:  "Love Libraries is inviting you to get involved in shaping and planning the future of public libraries. As a valued Love Library Champion, we would love to hear your thoughts on the services that are most important to you, and how libraries could be improved to meet your needs and expectations."

I don’t know what Tim Coates will make of this, but I did the survey, which took less than a minute: said that books are important; libraries should be open for longer hours; and suggested a single library card for any borough or town. If you want to do your bit for books, here is the link to the survey, which is open until 31 May.

"Your response will form part of a consultation, led by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) on the future role of the modern public library. The results will be available later in the year on the Love Libraries website."

Nature’s Engraver

As part of the Kingston Readers’ Festival, Jenny Uglow will talk about her book Nature’s Engraver, on the life of Thomas Bewick, "the artist whose wildlife illustrations shaped Britain’s love affair with nature at the end of the 18th century and beyond". Tickets are available online  or by email from the Royal Borough of Kingston , and from John Lewis Gift List Dept, Kingston, or from Greenbee tel: (UK) 0845 6100325.
Date: Wednesday 23 May 2007. Time: 7.30pm
Location: Ham House, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7RS
Or, if you prefer, on Friday 18 May at 1 pm, same ticketing details, you can attend William Dalrymple’s illustrated talk with slides about his latest book, The Last Mughal, "which has at its heart the stories of the forgotten individuals tragically caught up in one of the bloodiest upheavals in history – the siege of Delhi in 1857. Shaped from previously untranslated Urdu and Persian manuscripts, it includes Indian eyewitness accounts and records of the Delhi courts and administration during the siege. "