I have some very significant news to report – Karen of Euro Crime has begun her list of books eligible for the 2011 CWA International Dagger award. As ever, Euro Crime and its associated blog are a great source of reading recommendations as well as the Euro Crime database being an incredibly useful
reference when looking for something to read. Well, I think I may have had my searching task considerably eased by the 2011 list that Karen has begun to compile.
Of the five books published in June 2010, I have read one, The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Another title, Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo, is on my shelf to read. And of the seven published in July 2010, I have also read one. The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser, translated by Laurie Thompson (review submitted to Euro Crime). Two other July titles are eagerly anticipated by me: Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum and Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.
August looks fantastic, with some titles I am already keen to read: Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder, Basic Shareholder by Petros Markaris, Villain by Yoshida Shuichi, and Silence by Jan Costin Wagner. There are also some must-reads for the rest of the season, including newly translated
novels by Liza Marklund, Domingo Villar, Henning Mankell, Roslund-Helstrom, Esther Verhoef, Leif G W Persson, Johan Theorin, Jo Nesbo, Anne Holt, Arnaldur Indridason and Camilla Lackberg. What a wonderfully rosy prospect!
The 2010 CWA International Dagger award has not quite yet been given. The shortlist has been announced (at CrimeFest in May), and the winner will be revealed later this month at the Harrogate Crime Writers' Festival. My money? Johan Theorin (The Darkest Room) or Arnaldur Indridason (Hypothermia). See this Petrona post for the shortlist, links to my reviews of the titles, and my musings on the possible winners – no doubt wildly inaccurate, but we'll be finding out soon enough.