Book reviews 2011

***** Excellent
**** Very good
*** Good
** Average
* Not recommended

Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Euro Crime, May)*****

Frozen Out by Quentin Bates (Euro Crime, January)***

The Calling of the Grave by Simon Beckett (Euro Crime, February)**

Blood Harvest by S J Bolton (Petrona, June)***

Open Season by C J Box (Petrona, January)****

Savage Run by C J Box (Petrona, January)****

Winterkill by C J Box (Petrona, January)****

Trophy Hunt by C J Box (Petrona, February)****

Out of Range by C J Box (Petrona, February)****

In Plain Sight by C J Box (Petrona, March)****

Free Fire by C J Box (Petrona, March)****

Blood Trail by C J Box (Petrona, April)****

Below Zero by C J Box (Petrona, May)****

Back of Beyond by C J Box (Petrona, May) (not a Joe Pickett series novel)***

Nowhere to Run by C J Box (Petrona, July)****

Cold Wind by C J Box (Petrona, September)****

The Track of Sand by Andrea Camilleri (Euro Crime, June)***

Proof of Life by Karen Campbell (Euro Crime, September)***

Temporary Perfections by Gianrico Carofiglio (Petrona, October)***

Prime Cut by Alan Carter (Petrona, August)***

Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder (Euro Crime, February)****

A Jew Must Die by Jacques Chessex (Euro Crime, January)**

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark (Petrona, July)**

I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark (Petrona, November)**

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves (Euro Crime, February)***

The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (Petrona, April)****

The Drop by Michael Connelly (Petrona, November)****

Misterioso by Arne Dahl (Petrona, September)****

Lethal Investments by K. O. Dahl (Petrona, November)***

The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall (Euro Crime, October)****

The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards (Euro Crime, August)***

Burned by Thomas Enger (Petrona, September)****

The Hand that Trembles by Kjell Eriksson (Petrona, November)****

The Caller by Karin Fossum (Petrona, August)****

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Petrona, October)*****

Blue Monday by Nicci French (Euro Crime, July)***

Ashes by Sergios Gakas (Petrona, September)***

Rain by Stephen Gallagher (Petrona, September)*

The Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan (Euro Crime, June)**

Intuition by Allegra Goodman (Petrona, April)****

The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths (Euro Crime, January)****

The Redeemed by M. R. Hall (Euro Crime, April)***

Lasting Damage by Sophie Hannah (Petrona, June)**

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Petrona, August)****

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (Petrona, June)***

Fear Not by Anne Holt (Euro Crime, August)****

Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst (Petrona, September)*****

Cold Justice by Katherine Howell (Petrona, June)***

Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason (Euro Crime, January)**

Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason (Euro Crime, July)****

Why Don’t You Come For Me? by Diane Janes (Petrona, September)****

White Sky, Black Ice by Stan Jones (Petrona, November)***

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt (Euro Crime, May)***

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (Petrona, December)***

Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft (Euro Crime, October)***

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler (Euro Crime, August)*

The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (Petrona, June)****

The Gallows Bird by Camilla Lackberg (Euro Crime, May)***

The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg (Euro Crime, September)***

Any Human Face by Charles Lambert (Euro Crime)****

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (Petrona, May)*****

Until thy Wrath be Past by Asa Larsson (Euro Crime, October)*****

Smiley’s People by John Le Carre (Petrona, January)****

The Facility by Simon Lelic (Petrona, January)**

The Child Who by Simon Lelic (Petrona, December)**

A Question of Belief by Donna Leon (Euro Crime, March)**

Drawing Conclusions by Donna Leon (Euro Crime, April)**

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman (Petrona, October)***

The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi (Petrona, May)*

Meet Me in Malmo by Torquil MacLeod (Euro Crime, March)**

Sweet Money by Ernesto Mallo (Petrona, July)****

The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell (Petrona, April)****

The Retribution by Val McDermid (Euro Crime, October)**

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid (Petrona, January)**

Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway (Euro Crime, May)***

Trackers by Deon Meyer (Petrona, September)*****

Snowdrops by A D Miller (Petrona, June)**

The End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina (Petrona, November)***

Still Murder by Finola Moorhead (Petrona, December)***

The Leopard by Jo Nesbo (Petrona, February)***

Headhunters by Jo Nesbo (Petrona, October)****

The Unlucky Lottery by Hakan Nesser (Euro Crime, November)***

Scandinavian Crime Fiction, eds Andrew Nestingen and Paula Arvas (Petrona, November)***

Nairobi Heat by Mukoma Wa Ngugi (Petrona, November)***

One Day by David Nicholls (Petrona, May)*

The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell (Petrona, December)***

Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson (Petrona, December)***

Purge by Sofi Oksanen (Petrona, September)****

The Chatelet Apprentice by Jean-Francois Parot (Petrona, August)*

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney (Euro Crime, November)*****

Blood Sisters by Alessandro Perissinotto (Euro Crime, April)***

All Yours by Claudia Pineiro (Petrona, October)****

The Dying Light by Henry Porter (Petrona, January)**

The Vault by Ruth Rendell (Petrona, October)***

66 Degrees North by Michael Ridpath (Euro Crime, July)***

Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo (Petrona, October)**

Cell 8 by Roslund and Hellstrom (Euro Crime, December)**

Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel (Petrona, June)**

Body Surfing by Anita Shreve (Petrona, January)***

The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Euro Crime, July)**

Against the Wall by Jarkko Sipila (Petrona, September)**

The Terrorists by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Euro Crime, November)*****

Mixed Blood by Roger Smith (Petrona, December)****

A Not So Perfect Crime by Teresa Solana (Petrona, January)**

Yours Until Death by Gunnar Staalesen (Euro Crime, March)****

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow (Petrona, June)**

Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow (Petrona, August)**

Witness by Cath Staincliffe (Petrona, August)****

Overkill by Vanda Symon (Petrona, June)***

Anger Mode by Stefan Tegenfalk (Petrona, October)***

White Dog by Peter Temple (Petrona, May)***

Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton (Petrona, August)***

The Darkness and the Deep by Aline Templeton (Petrona, October)***

Lying Dead by Aline Templeton (Petrona, November)***

Lamb to the Slaughter by Aline Templeton (Petrona, December)***

The Quarry by Johan Theorin (Euro Crime, August)*****

Shadow Sister by Simone van der Vlugt (Euro Crime, February)****

An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas (Petrona, May)**

Rendezvous by Esther Verhoef (Euro Crime, April)**

Death in August by Marco Vichi (Petrona, September)**

Death on a Galician Shore by Domingo Villar (Euro Crime, April)***

Winter of the Lions by Jan Costin Wagner (Euro Crime, June)***

Up Jumped the Devil by Blair S. Walker (Petrona, September)**

Trust No One by Alex Walters (Euro Crime, November)**

The Boundary by Nicole Watson (Petrona, December)***

Fallen Idols by Neil White (Petrona, December)**

The Last Lie by Stephen White (Petrona, September)****

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida (Petrona, September)****

4 thoughts on “Book reviews 2011

  1. I just discovered Petrona today and I am delighted to see your list of 100+ books reviewed in 2011. I also enjoyed reading your list of books reviewed in the current month along with the star ratings you used. I have read a number of them and found my own ratings to map yours very closely. But I haven’t read “All Yours” and after seeing the **** for it, I read your review, and then ordered it on Kindle, following your advice to avoid blurbs, etc. It would be very helpful to me, and perhaps other readers, if your annualized reviewed lists would include your star ratings, or perhaps highlight in some fashion the 5 starred ones. And frankly, I sometimes miss the little nuances in reviews and can’t often tell if the reviewer is telling me this a *** and not a *****.. Thanks ofr the good info, in any case….. Ken, McLean VA.

    • Thanks for the comment, Ken, I’ll do my best to include that information on the book review pages per year – at least for this year and moving forward, if not retrospectively.

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