Euro Crime reviews in March

Although I haven’t been around in real-time much during March, three of my reviews were published at Euro Crime this month:

Yours Until Death by Gunnar Staalesen , a Norwegian novel first published about 30 years ago, but well worth reading now both for its traditional, Marlowe-style PI and for its social-political observations.

Meet Me in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod, a debut novel from a British author who has spent much time in Malmo, Sweden, which shows to advantage. There’s a strong female police detective within the pages, who is apparently set to return in future books.

A Question of Belief by Donna Leon, a typical outing for Comissario Brunetti of the Venice police. This one features various kinds of fraud – legal, superstitious, financial and others.

Reviews submitted but not yet published include Blood Sisters by Alessandro Perissinotto, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler, Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon and The Terrorists by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. I believe that the first two of these are eligible for the 2011 CWA International Dagger (unlike the books reviewed in March, which although mainland European in setting are either too old or not translated, so do not qualify).

5 thoughts on “Euro Crime reviews in March

  1. Lucky for me that I have read some of those already. I have just been shopping tonight (rewarding myself for eating off my TBR for two months) 😀

  2. Thanks. The Macleod sounds good, especially with a woman detective. Am awaiting the new Donna Leon. Am now enmeshed in Nemesis by Jo Nesbo. Had no idea if I’d like this series. Was up half the night reading it.

  3. Well I already have the Staalesen on my TBR, and you kindly sent me the MacLeod so I don’t have to add that one either and I probably won’t bother with the Leon. It’s not that I don’t like her books, but they are not on my must read list. Happy enough to read them if they cross my path but I won’t worry too much if that doesn’t happen and with 200 books already in my hot little hands in one way or another I don’t need to worry about the ‘nice to reads’ for a while.

    So I’ve come away from this post without needing to add anything to my TBR 🙂

  4. I agree with you on Donna Leon, Bernadette, I enjoy her books if I come across them, but they are predictable (have long since given up on character development, etc) so I would not go too far out of my way….This particular review is of a library copy and I am trying to support my local library at the moment.

    Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments!

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