Sunday Salon: A Killing Frost and award news

TSSbadge3 My review of A Killing Frost by R. D. Wingfield is out at Euro Crime today, to coincide with the UK paperback publication. From my review: "I loved this crackingly paced book, which follows the same formula as the previous five novels in the series. Inspector Jack Frost is messy, disorganised and impulsive, incapable of looking after himself, yet totally dedicated to his job. He's also hilarious. He is one of those cops whose work ethic has nothing to do with external factors, which is just as well, as he is in a grade beneath his natural ability and his superiors are out to get him: specifically, to transfer him to nearby Lexton, a dump compared with the (not particularly nice) town of Denton, where Jack is stationed." Continue reading here

Today's other new Euro Crime reviews include Kate Atkinson's When Will There be Good News, Frank Tallis's Fatal Lies, Manda Scott's A Crystal Skull and Val McDermid's A Darker Domain. 

Some award news:

Katherine Howell's Frantic has won the Davitt award for best crime novel by an Australian woman writer in 2007. 

Barry awards BEST THRILLER The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster); BEST FIRST NOVEL (Published in the U.S. in 2007) In the Woods by Tana French (Viking).

ITV3 Thiller awards. Author of the year Ian Rankin for Exit Music (Orion); international author of the year accolade was awarded posthumously to Stieg Larsson for his début novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Quercus).

3 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: A Killing Frost and award news

  1. Oh, that’s sad that the author died before the book was published! It does sound like a fun read – I guess it’s the origin of the Jack Frost character on the TV. I always think of him as a British Columbo (thought have only ever caught glimpses).

  2. I’m not surprised Larsson won something for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book has received so much praise and buzz. My husband just finished reading it and said it was fantastic!

  3. Jack Frost in the books is extremely funny and non-PC, Clare – I have only seen a couple of the TV series years ago but there is no comparison. David Jason is very good but the character is “just another cop” – the books will make you laugh out loud and hark back to an earlier time when people dared to write the kinds of lines that they can’t now for fear of offending some “do gooder” or other. The books are also sad, but Jack refuses to let his life get him down. And they have good plots, as well as being told at frantic pace. I have really enjoyed reading them all, it is a sad loss that the author died so relatively young.
    Marie – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a very good book, if a little hyped. Apparently the second two in the trilogy are even better. The second is out in the UK in early 2009.

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