As a reviewer for Euro Crime, the superb free website/database for information and reviews about crime fiction, I recently selected my favourites among the books I’d reviewed for the site last year. The selections by all the year’s Euro Crime reviewers can be found here, but I thought I’d reprise my choices on this blog, as well as adding the non-European books I reviewed in 2010 that I enjoyed the most.
Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai (India/England)
Winterland by Alan Glynn (Ireland)
The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths (England)
Rupture by Simon Lelic (England)
Red Wolf by Liza Marklund (Sweden)
Water-Blue Eyes by Domingo Villar (Spain)
A Capital Crime by Laura Wilson (England)
Highly commended: The Burning by Jane Casey. (England)
The Reversal by Michael Connelly (USA)
The Build Up by Philip Gwynne (Australia)
Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland (Australia)
Needle in a Haystack by Ernesto Mallo (Argentina)
Truth by Peter Temple (Australia)
Ah; the good thing about this list is that it is relatively short.
The bad thing: I had to add seven books to the list. Well, in a few days it is February & I can shop again 😉
Maxine – Those are truly good books you’ve chosen! Of the ones on your list I’ve read, I richly enjoyed them. But you are not doing my Mount TBR any favours! ;-).
Interesting lists. I’ve only read one from the European list (Villar), but all from the second list – agree all good read. I’m not sure if you are placing the books by setting or nationality of author. If by nationality, then Jane Casey is Irish not English.
Thanks, Rob, yes I know Jane Casey is Irish but her book is set wholly in London. Similarly I didn’t put “South Africa” for Peter Temple ;-).
Fortunately you already
forcedprompted me to add all of these to my TBR or whishlist when you reviewed them so I don’t need to do the damage now 😉
So nice to see the Aussies performing so well on your list.
Glad to see your list. Will print it out. Thankfully, it’s not long, so I think it won’t do too much damage to my TBR list, and I have read some of these, one in the top list and three in the next one. And, I know which I have to purchase and which the library has in stock, so not too much damage to the budget.