Scandinavian crime fiction

The fall issue of Mystery Readers Journal contains many interesting articles on the subject of Scandinavian books, but readers of Petrona will join me in congratulating Peter Rozovsky for his essay Dry Humor in a Cold Climate. Peter shows us, using plenty of examples, that the "inextricable mix of something funny with something grim is the salient characteristic of humor in Nordic crime fiction." Peter also draws our attention to the sad fact that plenty of our favourite authors have only a few of their books translated into English. If you haven’t met Peter before, please check out his erudite and stimulating blog, Detectives Beyond Borders.

There are lots of other articles on Scandinavian crime in the journal, but only a few are freely accessible. I am particularly disappointed not to be able to read an essay entitled: "Sweden’s Queen of Crime: Liza Marklund’s novels" by Jost Hindersmann. I adore Liza Marklund’s books. It is always a delightfully impossible task, trying to narrow down the cornucopia to identify one’s very favourite crime fic author, but there is never any doubt that the peerless Liza M is very much in the top few of Petrona’s list.

3 thoughts on “Scandinavian crime fiction

  1. Erudite, you say? More Nero Wolfe than Jack Taylor?
    I thank you for your kind words. And I should look for my contributor’s copy of MRJ in the next little while. I’m particularly eager to read some of the articles about Danish and Finnish crime fiction, which I’ve not read much of.
    You could join Mystery Readers International, which includes a subscription to MRJ.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    “Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home”

  2. Peter, Nero Wolfe? I know you get out more than the chubby Montenegrin.
    Thanks for the info on the MRI.

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