Give books for Christmas, writes Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, and who am I to disagree? Giving crime fiction for Christmas, though, seems slightly counter-seasonal. I am never quite sure how the generalist recipient (as opposed to a dyed-in-the-wool addict) really feels when presented with a dark tome.
Nevertheless, Kerrie has urged bloggers to make their recommendations for Christmas gifts from the titles they have read this year, so I’ll give it a go. I’ve divided my selections into two:
Presents for crime-fiction addicts:
ShadowPlay by Karen Campbell (Glasgow, Scotland)
Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin (Los Angeles, USA)
The Last Fix by K O Dahl, translated by Don Bartlett (Oslo, Norway)
The Build Up by Philip Gwynne (Darwin, Australia)
Rupture by Simon Lelic (London, England)
Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo, translated by Jethro Soutar (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Water Blue Eyes by Domingo Villar, translated by Martin Schifino (Vigo, Spain)
I chose the above titles because they are not by standard, well-known authors in the genre, but are distinctive (and not nth in a series).
Presents for “generalists” or those new to the genre:
Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai (Julundur, India)
Winterland by Alan Glynn (Dublin, Ireland)
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (Norfolk, England)
B-Very Flat by Margot Kinberg (“Tilton”, USA)
Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer, translated by K L Seegers (Cape Town, South Africa)
Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Pinerio, translated by Miranda France (near Buenos Aires, Argentina)
The Lying Tongue by Andrew Wilson (Venice, Italy, and England)
I chose these titles because they all tell a very good story, as well as involving a “crime”. Some of them might not strictly be considered as “crime fiction” but I think any of them would encourage a novice to try a few more in the genre!
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