Monday, November 24, 2014

And the Winner of the Martin Beck Award is...

Received this great news today re Jorn Lier Horst:

Jørn Lier Horst's THE HUNTING DOGS is the winner of the The Martin Beck Award 2014 given by the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy (Svenska Deckarakademin) for the best crime novel in translation. It is one of the most prestigious international crime-writing awards. The Jury says; An original, thrilling novel about a policeman's struggle on the edge between disaster and restoration of justice. THE HUNTING DOGS is published by Lind & Co in Sweden. They have also acquired rights for CLOSED FOR WINTER and THE CAVE MAN in the same series.
The Hunting Dogs is available in English, translated by Anne Bruce and published by Sandstone Press.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Website Updates - November 2014

I've updated the main files on the Euro Crime website today. Euro Crime includes both British and other European crime fiction writers (that have been published in English); non-British/European born crime writers who are strongly associated with British/European crime fiction (eg. Donna Leon), and crime writers in translation from outside of Europe.

Just a couple of reminders regarding the New Releases page:

1. The main by month/by author pages refer to when a book is published (in English) anywhere in the world however the 'by category ie historical, translated etc' is specific to the UK eg Emily Brightwell's series which was published in the US in the 1990s (and on) is only now being published in the UK and so her books are appearing in the 2014 Historical list.

2. When a book is released "early" in ebook I am taking the publication date as to be when the print edition comes out (this is the rule we use for determining Petrona Award eligibility).

As always, if you spot something wrong or missing, please do let me know.

New: The list of eligible titles for the International Dagger 2015 is visible here.

Here's a summary of the usual updates:

The Author Websites page now lists 1032 sites.

In Bibliographies there are now bibliographies for 2177 authors (10,848 titles of which 2856 are reviewed).

I've added new bibliographies for: Yukito Ayatsuji, Samuel Bjork, Amanda Carmack, Alan Carter, Javier Cercas, Pamela Christie, Torkil Damhaug, Oscar de Muriel, S J Deas, Julianna Deering, Marc Dugain, Simon Duke, Eric Faye, Nik Frobenius, Eric Giacometti & Jacques Ravenne, Bear Grylls, Marcus Hunnebeck, Gary Inbinder, Ragnar Jonasson, J G Jurado, Lene Kaaberbol, Robert Karjel, Elias Khoury, Heda Margolius Kovaly, Gabi Kreslehner, Sergey Kuznetsov, Herve Le Corre, Manel Loureiro, Reijo Maki, Antonio Manzini, Andrew Marr, Ben McPherson, Sara Moliner, Ahmed Mourad, Rebecca Muddiman, Gilles Petel, Patrick Philippart, Tore Renberg, Ray Robinson, Tony Schumacher, Catherine Shepherd, Mel Sherratt, Arild Stavrum, Jessica Stirling, Anton Svensson, Robert Thorogood, Carl-Johan Vallgren, David P Wagner, Sarah Ward, A N Widdecombe and Patricia Wynn.

I've updated the bibliographies (ie added new titles) for: Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen, Tasha Alexander, M J Arlidge, Jo Bannister, Stephanie Barron, Colin Bateman, M H Baylis, M C Beaton, Carrie A Bebris, Parker Bilal, Mark Billingham, Harry Bingham, Tony Black, Sara Blaedel, S J/Sharon Bolton, Stephen Booth, Alan Bradley, Conor Brady, Simon Brett, Ken Bruen, Declan Burke, Andrea Camilleri, Jane Casey, Kimberley Chambers, Paul Charles, P F Chisholm, Alys Clare, Rory Clements, Barbara Cleverly, Martina Cole, Chris Collett, John Connor, Julie Corbin, Gary Corby, Roberto Costantini, Colin Cotterill, Mason Cross, Judith Cutler, Lisa Cutts, David Stuart Davies, Anders de la Motte, Jason Dean, Mary-Jane Deeb, P C/Paul Doherty, Clare Donoghue, Carola Dunn, Steven Dunne, Kate Ellis, Roger Jon/R J Ellory, Kjell Eriksson, Charles Finch, Paul Finch, Sebastian Fitzek, Conor Fitzgerald, Judith Flanders, Elena Forbes, Karin Fossum, Frances Fyfield, Gillian Galbraith, Pascal Garnier, Elizabeth George, Robert Goddard, Alex Gray, Alex Grecian, Michael Gregorio, Susanna Gregory, J M Gregson, Elly Griffiths, M R Hall, Lotte and Soren Hammer, Mari Hannah, Tom Harper, Oliver Harris, Tessa Harris, Cora Harrison, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Elizabeth Haynes, Veronica Heley, Mandasue Heller, Peter Helton, Peg Herring, Kati Hiekkapelto, Matt Hilton, Anthony Horowitz, Jorn Lier Horst, Anna Lee Huber, Graham Hurley, Arnaldur Indridason, Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson, David Jackson, Peter James, J Robert Janes, Quintin Jardine, Martin Jensen, Will Jordan, Emma Kavanagh, Jim Kelly, Christobel Kent, Simon Kernick, Philip Kerr, David Khara, Laurie R King, Rob Kitchin, Bill Kitson, Deryn Lake, Jens Lapidus, Leena Lehtolainen, Pierre Lemaitre, Donna Leon, Peter Lovesey, Stuart MacBride, Shona/S G Maclean, G M Malliet, Marco Malvaldi, Michael Marshall, Edward/A E Marston, Priscilla Masters, Peter May, Brian McGilloway, Pat McIntosh, Russel D McLean, Dreda Say Mitchell, Thomas Mogford, Frederique Molay, Frank/T F Muir, Amy Myers, Barbara Nadel, Hakan Nesser, Stuart Neville, Chris Nickson, Harri Nykanen, Martha Ockley, Nick Oldham, Hakan Ostlundh, James Oswald, Tony Parsons, Anne Perry, Kate Rhodes, Phil Rickman, Peter Robinson, Jacqui Rose, Rosemary Rowe, Pauline Rowson, Rob/Robert Ryan, Manda Scott, Gerald Seymour, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Alexander McCall Smith, Dan Smith, Alexander Soderberg, Gunnar Staalesen, Cath Staincliffe, Aline Templeton, Johan Theorin, Franck Thilliez, Simon Toyne, M J Trow, Helene Tursten, Antonin Varenne, Luca Veste, Jason Webster, Lee Weeks, Neil White, Kerry Wilkinson, Robert Wilson, Edward Wilson, Jacqueline Winspear and Jake Woodhouse.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

OT: The Return of Caturday

Meet Miss Nancy, who has joined the Euro Crime stable of cats, making the total 4 again. Nancy has been with us since early September. She is just over a year old and has been in a rescue place from birth. She is very timid, even still, but has improved noticeably. She can be stroked but not picked up but we are working on it. Here she is settling into her new bed. Both armchairs now have cat beds in them and the settee often has two cats on it - leaving little room for humans - though there's always the floor...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Publishing Deal News: Kati Hiekkapelto

Orenda Books have signed up Kati Hiekkapelto and her book The Defenceless - the sequel to The Hummingbird which was published by Arcadia. Both are translated by David Hackston.

From Book Trade:
Karen Sullivan, of the newly formed indie publisher Orenda Books, is delighted to announce the acquisition of WEL ex USA rights for Finnish crime writer Kati Hiekkapelto's The Defenceless. The novel will be translated by David Hackston and published in 2015.

Karen says, 'I'm ecstatic to have signed Kati for Orenda, and very much look forward to publishing the sequel to The Hummingbird, with fabulous protagonists Anna and Esko returning for a new series of crimes. Kati is a fresh, stunning new voice on the Nordic noir scene, and she's also an extraordinary woman. You can expect to see lots of her in the coming year, with a film in the pipeline and numerous festival appearances booked.'

Kati says, 'For a Finnish writer, being published in English has always been a bit of a pipe dream, as it's often difficult to find a publisher. Working with Orenda Books seems like double luck! With Karen's passion for and devotion to her writers, nothing seems impossible! I'm really happy to work with her.'

Monday, November 17, 2014

International Dagger Speculation (2015)

It's time to consider the titles eligible for the 2015 CWA International Dagger.

Here's the list so far of translated crime novels published between June 2014 and May 2015 ie the period of eligibility. There's 88* so far (cf 88 last year). NB. Only 1 book per author can be submitted for consideration.

For ease of purchase/library reservation here they are listed by UK month of publication:

In addition to the list I have set up a Good Reads widget on the right-hand side of the blog. This allows the covers to be visible plus you can add them to your wish-list on Good Reads. Should you wish to, you can subscribe to this list through RSS. I've added as many as I can find though I have used the original covers if the English one isn't on Good Reads yet.

In the list below I've also included the country of birth and gender of the author(s) plus the translator's name (where I can find it) and the publisher.

*this total includes titles published by Amazon Crossing, which I have flagged. I am not sure if these count as UK publications however I imagine people interested in this list will also be interested in these books. Also listed but not eligible are ebook only publications and short story collections. I have left them in for the same reason.

June 2014

Andrea Camilleri - Angelica's Smile (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)
Javier Cercas- Outlaws (Spain, M) (tr. Anne McLean, Bloomsbury)
Arne Dahl - To the Top of the Mountain (Sweden, M) (tr. Alice Menzies, Harvill Secker)
Marc Dugain - The Avenue of Giants (France, M) (tr. Howard Curtis, Europa Editions)
Karin Fossum - The Murder of Harriet Krohn (Norway,F) (tr. James Anderson, Harvill Secker)
Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson - Sun On Fire (Iceland, M) (tr. Bjorg Arnadottir & Andrew Cauthery, AmazonCrossing)
Hans Olav Lahlum - The Human Flies (Norway, M) (tr. Kari Dickson, Mantle)
Marco Malvaldi - The Art of Killing Well (Italy, M) (tr. Howard Curtis, MacLehose)
Georges Simenon - The Mahe Circle (Belgium, M) (tr. Sian Reynolds, Penguin)

July 2014

Donato Carrisi - The Vanished Ones (Italy, M) (tr. Howard Curtis, Abacus)
Roberto Costantini  - The Root of All Evil (italy, M) (tr. N.S. Thompson, Quercus)
Sander Jakobsen - The Preacher (Denmark, B) (tr. Sander Jakobsen, Little Brown (Sphere))
Herman Koch - Summer House with Swimming Pool (Holland, M) (tr. Sam Garrett, Atlantic)
Dominique Manotti - Escape (France, F) (tr. Ros Schwarz & Amanda Hopkinson, Arcadia)
Deon Meyer - Cobra (South Africa, M) (tr. K L Seegers, Hodder)
Hakan Nesser - The G File (Sweden, M) (tr. Laurie Thompson, Mantle)
Nele Neuhaus - Bad Wolf (apa Big Bad Wolf) (Germany, F) (tr. Steven T Murray, Pan)
Andreas Norman - Into a Raging Blaze (Sweden, M) (tr. Ian Giles, Quercus)
Dan T Sehlberg - Mona (Sweden, M) (tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles, Scribe Publications)
Edney Silvestre - Happiness Is Easy (Brazil, M) (tr. Nick Caistor, Doubleday)
Jean Teule - The Poisoning Angel (France, M) (tr. Melanie Florence, Gallic)
Joakim Zander - The Swimmer (Sweden, M) (tr. Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Head of Zeus)

August 2014

Jussi Adler-Olsen - Alphabet House (Denmark, M) (tr. Steve Schein, Hesperus Press)
Maurizio de Giovanni - By My Hand (Italy, M) (tr. Antony Shugaar, Europa Editions)
Lars Kepler - The Sandman (Sweden, B)  (tr. Neil Smith, Blue Door)
Gabi Kreslehner - Rain Girl (Austria, F) (tr. Lee Chadeayne, amazoncrossing*)
Marco Malvaldi - Three Card Monte (Italy, M) (tr. Howard Curtis, Europa Editions)
Kanae Minato - Confessions (Japan, F) (tr. Stephen Snyder, Mulholland Books)
Fredrik T Olsson - Chain of Events (Sweden, M) (tr. Dominic Hinde, Little Brown)
Tore Renberg - See You Tomorrow (Norway, M) (tr. Sean Kinsella, Arcadia Books)
Andrea Maria Schenkel - The Dark Meadow (Germany, F) (tr. Anthea Bell, Quercus)

September 2014

Kati Hiekkapelto - The Hummingbird (Finland, F) (tr. David Hackston, Arcadia)
Arnaldur Indridason - Reykjavik Nights (Iceland, M) (tr. Victoria Cribb, Harvill Secker)
Sergey Kuznetsov - Butterfly Skin (Russia, M) (tr. Andrew Bromfield, Titan Books)
Henning Mankell - An Event in Autumn (Sweden, M) (tr. Laurie Thompson, Harvill Secker)
D A Mishani - A Possibility of Violence (Israel, M) (tr. Todd Hasak-Lowy, Quercus)
Kristina Ohlsson - Hostage (Sweden, F) (tr. Marlaine Delargy Simon & Schuster)
Arild Stavrum - Exposed at the Back (Norway, M) (tr. Guy Puzey, Freight Books)

October 2014

Sara Blaedel - Only One Life (Denmark, F) (tr. Erik J Macki & Tara F Chace, Little Brown (Sphere))
Andrea Camilleri - Hunting Season (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)
Philippe Georget - Autumn, All the Cats Return (France, M) (tr. Steven Randall, Europa Editions)
Keigo Higashino - Malice (Japan, M) (tr. Alexander O Smith, Little, Brown)
Pekka Hiltunen - Black Noise (Finland, M) (tr. Owen Witesman, Hesperus Press)
Steffen Jacobsen - Trophy (Denmark, M) (tr. Charlotte Barslund, Quercus)
Liza Marklund - Borderline (Sweden, F) (tr. Neil Smith, Corgi)
Leif GW Persson - Falling Freely As If in a Dream (apa Free Falling, as If in a Dream) (Sweden, M) (tr.  Paul Norlen, Doubleday)

November 2014

Elsebeth Egholm - Dead Souls (Denmark, F) (tr. Don Bartlett & Charlotte Barslund, Headline)
Pascal Garnier - The Islanders (France, M) (tr. Emily Boyce, Gallic Books)
Sissel-Jo Gazan - The Arc of the Swallow (Denmark, F) (tr. Charlotte Barslund, Quercus)
Anne Holt - The Lion's Mouth (Norway, F) (tr. Anne Bruce, Atlantic)
Herve Le Corre - Talking to Ghosts (France, M) (tr. Frank Wynne, MacLehose Press) (not on Good Reads)
Fuminori Nakamura - Last Winter, We Parted (Japan, M) (tr. Allison Markin Powell, Soho Crime)

December 2014

J G Jurado - The Tipping Point (Spain, M) (tr. Martin Michael Roberts, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Leena Lehtolainen - Snow Woman (Finland, F) (tr. Owen Witesman, amazoncrossing*)
Leena Lehtolainen - The Bodyguard (Finland, F) (tr. Jenni Salmi, amazoncrossing*)
Kazuaki Takano - Genocide of One (Japan, M) (tr. Philip Gabriel, Mulholland)
Stelian Turlea - Greuceanu (Romania, M) (tr.  tbc, Profusion International Creative Consultancy)
Antonin Varenne - Loser's Corner (France, M) (tr. Frank Wynne, MacLehose Press)

January 2015

Marcus Hunnebeck - Mark of Cain (Germany, M) (tr. Steve Anderson, amazoncrossing*)
Manel Loureiro - The Last Passenger (Spain, M) (tr. Andres Alfaro, amazoncrossing*)
Harri Nykanen - Behind God's Back (Finland, M) (tr. Kristian London, Bitter Lemon Press)
Patrick Philippart - Mortal Ambitions (Belgium, M) (tr. Patrick F Brown, amazoncrossing*)
Catherine Shepherd - Fatal Puzzle (Germany, F) (tr. Julia Knobloch, amazoncrossing*)
Carl-Johan Vallgren - The Boy in the Shadows (Sweden, M) (tr. Rachel Willson-Broyles, Quercus)
Ferdinand von Schirach - The Girl Who Wasn't There (Germany, M) (tr. Anthea Bell, Little, Brown)

February 2015

Jussi Adler-Olsen Buried (apa The Marco Effect) (Denmark, M) (tr. Martin Aitken, Penguin)
Zoran Drvenkar - You (Croatia, M) (tr. Shaun Whiteside, HarperCollins)
Jorn Lier Horst - The Caveman (Norway, M) (tr. Anne Bruce, Sandstone)
Martin Jensen - A Man's Word (Denmark, M) (tr. Tara F Chace, amazoncrossing*)
Mari Jungstedt - The Dangerous Game (Sweden, F) (tr. Tiina Nunnally, Doubleday)
Camilla Lackberg - The Scent of Almonds and Other Stories (Sweden, F) (tr. tbc, Harper)
Hans Olav Lahlum - Satellite People (Norway, M) (tr. Kari Dickson, Mantle)
Jens Lapidus - Life Deluxe (Sweden, M) (tr. Astri von Arbin Ahlander, Macmillan)
Jean-Patrick Manchette - Fatale (France, M) (tr. tbc, Serpent's Tail)
Sara Moliner - The Whispering City (Spain & Germany, F & F) (tr. Mara Faye Lethem, Little Brown)

March 2015

Raja Alem - The Dove's Necklace (Saudi Arabia, F) (tr. tbc, Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd)
Michele Giuttari - Death Under a Tuscan Sun (Italy, M) (tr. Isabelle Kaufeler, Little, Brown) (not on Good Reads)

April 2015

Tom Johansen (aka Jo Nesbo) - Blood on Snow (Norway, M) (tr. Neil Smith, Harvill Secker)
Mons Kallentoft - Water Angels (Sweden, M) (tr. Neil Smith, Hodder)
Hakan Nesser - The Living and the Dead in Winsford (Sweden, M) (tr. tbc, Mantle)
Dolores Redondo - The Invisible Guardian (Spain, F) (tr. tbc, Blue Door)

May 2015

Andrea Camilleri - Game of Mirrors (Italy, M) (tr. Stephen Sartarelli, Mantle)
Christoffer Carlsson - The Invisible Man from Salem (Sweden, M) (tr. tbc, Scribe)
Pascal Garnier - Boxes (France, M) (tr. Melanie Florence, Gallic Books)
Pierre Lemaitre - Camille (France, M) (tr. tbc, Maclehose Press)
Antonio Manzini - Black Run (Italy, M) (tr. tbc, Fourth Estate)
Erik Axl Sund - The Crow Girl (Sweden, M) (tr. Neil Smith, Harvill Secker)

You can see which of these titles have been submitted for consideration, on the CWA's website.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Radio News: Foreign Bodies returns tomorrow on Radio 4

Mark Lawson's Foreign Bodies returns tomorrow (17/11) at 13.45 on Radio 4, for series 3. This time, "Mark Lawson examines how mystery novels have reflected five different political systems".

The first episode is about Cuba and Communism:
To complement Radio 4's major dramatisations of The Havana Quartet by Cuba's leading crime writer, Leonardo Padura, Mark Lawson examines how mystery novels have reflected five different political systems in a new series of Foreign Bodies.

In today's programme Mark Lawson explores fictional investigations of Cuba after the Castro revolution with Leonardo Padura, author of The Havana Quartet, and Caroline Garcia-Aquilera, a Cuban-American writing from exile in Miami.

Following episodes cover USA (Anti-Communism), Poland (Post-Communism), Australia (Commonwealth Democracy) and Nigeria (Post-Colonialism).

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cover news: Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson

In case you missed this on Twitter, Orenda Books have unveiled the cover for Ragnar Jonasson's Snowblind. Snowblind is being translated by Quentin Bates (author of the Gunnhildur series) and will be published in June 2015. This will make it eligible for the 2016 Petrona Award (for publications in 2015) and eligible for the next CWA International Dagger (ie not the current one - list of eligibles coming soon I promise).