News just in of a few more reviews, via Euro Crime’s weekly update. Karen herself has chosen two audio books as her favourites of this medium for 2007: Michael Dibdin’s Back to Bologna; and Barbara Nadel’s A Passion for Killing.
This week’s new Euro Crime reviews include mine of Unseen by Mari Jungstedt, "another excellent author in the vibrant Swedish crime-fiction scene"; and The Simian Curve by Mark Lalbeharry, a police procedural with a scientific thriller theme. Star book of the week, however, is The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr, reviewed by Fiona Walker. Fiona writes: "I can’t really praise this book enough. It’s a brilliant piece of work, focused, fascinating, and very well written indeed. It’s a great mystery and a first-class psychological portrait of a woman tormented by her past." Or if you like the mystical, historical genre, Pat Austen was entranced by Manda Scott’s The Crystal Skull. Or, spoilt for choice, Declan Burke compares Ray Banks’s writing style to that of Samuel Beckett in his review of Saturday’s Child. A good week! You can also check out reviews and articles about European crime fiction in the press in the Euro Crime weekly update, which provides links to all the latest news.
A reminder: if you live in the UK or rest of Europe, you can enter the Euro Crime competition to win a copy of Simon Lewis’s Bad Traffic. Closing date 31 January.