If you are thinking of buying a translated crime novel from Amazon, there is a good chance it will have been reviewed there by Simon Clarke. I find Simon's Amazon reviews an incredibly helpful guide to whether or not to buy the book – and it's amazing how he always seems to have read the latest, say, Scandinavian novel whenever I first hear of it and go to check it out on Amazon. Thanks to Simon for this greatly appreciated activity.
Simon emailed the other week with some welcome news: he says that the first edition of the Swedish Book Review will be a 'Crime' edition. The first edition of the year is usually out around April time, writes Simon. From the journal's website: "Swedish Book Review was launched in 1983. It publishes two main issues and a supplement every year, normally in June and December (total number of pages per year: circa 200). The main aim of SBR is to present Swedish literature to the English-speaking world. It carries translated extracts from the works of Swedish writers, often together with an introductory article. Most contributors are based outside Sweden, but familiar with the Swedish scene: they can therefore reflect Swedish views on their literature, and also provide a valuable international perspective. As well as established writers, SBR introduces new or lesser-known writers (including Finland-Swedish authors and poets). At least one writer in this category is introduced in each issue, and the 1999 Supplement was devoted to new writing."