Sunday Salon: Susan Hill and Helene Tursten

Sunday Salon The latest reviews are up at Euro Crime, including two of mine. Both books are excellent, and highly recommended. One is The Vows of Silence, Susan Hill's latest, just out in the UK. From my review:

"The fourth Simon Serrailler novel looks at death from a wide range of perspectives: natural, unnatural; past and present; of old characters and new ones. By the end of it, I felt I had gone through the wringer, but as usual with this author, the journey was worth it." Read on here.

The other review is of an absolutely superb book, Detective Inspector Huss, and I'm grateful to Karen of Euro Crime for bringing my attention to the author, Helene Tursten, a while back. Karen reviewed a book by Tursten called The Torso, second in a series. Despite being a bit put off by the outline of the torso plot, I bought the first book. It's brilliant, It falls into the category of "if you only read three books this year, make this one of them." From my review:

"Although I often enthuse about Scandinavian crime fiction, DETECTIVE INSPECTOR HUSS is an excellent police procedural even by the sky-high standards of authors such as Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Arndaldur Indridason and Kjell Ericksen.
Irene Huss is a 40-something police detective, happily married to Krister, a chef, and with twin teenage daughters Kristina and Jenny. The book tells the story of her and her colleagues' investigation into the death of a rich financier, Richard von Knecht, who falls from his balcony window in spectacular fashion as the book opens in the middle of a cold and slushy Swedish winter, while his wife and their adult son are waiting for him in their car below." Read on here.

There are other excellent reviews at Euro Crime today. I'm particularly intrigued by Karen C's review of Crow Stone by Jenni Mills, and Norman Price has turned in his usual insightful and informed review of a book that is waiting for me to read: Death in Breslau by Marek Krajewski. Pat Austin has read the latest Stuart MacBride, Flesh House. I'm on the fence about this author, but I've only read his first, so should give him another go, really (especially as I've got the second book to read, courtesy of an excellent Amazon deal). Finally, for this week, is Mike Ripley's May crime file round-up – a writer always worth reading for his humorous insights.