New Eurocrime this Spring

Satellite peopleHere’s our Eurocrime picks for Spring

Jussi Adler-Olsen Buried Danish cold case from the 10 million selling author

Samuel Bjork – I’m travelling alone. Norwegian bestselling crime thriller due later this year.

Cecilia Börjlind – The Spring Tide A small boy watches as a woman on a beach is buried alive

Andrea Camilleri – Game of Mirrors. Italy’s finest. New Inspector Montalbano due May

Karin Fossum – The Drowned Boy. Sejer series. First since The Caller in 2011 by this top Norwegian writer

Pekka Hiltunen – Black Noise Second in award winning Finnish series set in London

Mari Jungstedt – The Dangerous Game No 8 in the Swedish bestselling Anders Knutas series features the world of The spring tidemodelling.

Hans Olav Lahlum – Satellite People Second in the international crime series by this Norwegian author. A wealthy man collapses and dies at a dinner party – which guest had a motive?

Pierre LeMaitre –Camille Final volume in the Camille Verhoeven trilogy. French instead of Scandanavian for a change, due May. Read the first two now J

Karim Miske Arab Jazz – Ritualistic murder in the melting pot of multicultural suburban Paris. France again

Jo Nesbo – The Son and Blood on Snow – Drugs, death, murder, revenge – thrilling new one due April – from the No1 The boy in the shadowsNorwegian crime bestseller

Hakan Nesser –The Living and the Dead in Winsford. Atmospheric thriller set in Exmoor by the Swedish maestro.

Yrsa Sigurardottir –The silence of the sea A luxury yacht arrives in Reykjavik harbour with nobody on board. What happened? Chilling Icelandic tale.

Dominique Sylvain – Dirty War: A Lola and Ingrid Investigation, amateur sleuths in Paris.

Carl-Johan Vallgren – The Boy in the Shadows A little boy vanished. A troubled man on the hunt for the truth. Swedish again.

See the Eurocrime website for a list of other new releases

Boxing Day crime – Dead Souls by Elsebeth Egholm

Dead soulsDead souls by Elsebeth Egholm

Elsebeth Egholm is a Danish author and journalist who lives in Jutland, Denmark. She has written ten books and in 2011 published Three Dog Night which was the start of a new series introducing ex-convict Peter Boutrup and was an instant bestseller. We got the latest book in our recent Eurocrime buy.

Peter Boutrup is visiting his girlfriend’s grave when he is approached by her mother. Her son, Magnus, has gone missing and she begs Peter to look for him. The next day a young nun is pulled out of the moat at the convent in Djursland where Peter works as a carpenter. She has been garrotted and Peter was the last person to see her alive. At the same time during a dive in a mine, Kir Rojel finds a box of old bones. They are human bones and the man has been garrotted. But that was 60 years ago. While Peter is looking for Magnus, Detective Mark Bille Hansen is assigned to the case: he must link the bones in the box with the girl in the moat – and the hunt for the truth sends him to the place he least thought to go

Death in Pont-Aven by Jean-Luc Bannalec – review

Death in Pont-AvenA review of just one of the glorious Eurocrime novels that are coming in now thanks to a special buy. We explored a huge range of crime fiction from right across Europe to do the buy. Do try some of these authors, they’re well worth a go.

We’ll do some more reviews but new this week is a novel by Jean-Luc Bannalec.

Probably you haven’t heard of him? He is in fact a German writer and publisher called Jorg Bong, and this is his first novel; Bannalec is in fact a small village quite near Pont-Aven. The novel was published in Germany to great acclaim in 2012, then came out in France and is now  available in English, thanks to translator Sorcha McDonagh.

Death in Pont-Aven

At the Central Hotel in Pont-Aven, Brittany, 91-year-old manager Pierre-Louis Pennec is found murdered. Police Commissaire George Dupin and his team take on the investigation and narrow the list of suspects down to five people, including a rising political star; a longtime friend of the victim; and a wealthy art historian. Further incidents – first a break-in, then another mysterious death – muddy the waters more. As Commissaire Dupin delves further and further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and criminality that belies the village’s idyllic image

Dupin is a great detective creation. He is a little bit like Maigret, and as the novel begins he is having coffee in the Amiral Hotel, a real restaurant which featured in Simenon’s novel The Yellow Dog’.

Grumpy, not very communicative, and a great coffee drinker, he likes the ladies and it is hinted that he’s had a rather complicated love life and he may be about to embark on a relationship with the beautiful art historian, Marie Morgane Cassel. As a bonus there are some lovely descriptions of French towns and villages which add to the charm.