• British,  Crime fiction

    This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

    British author Eva Dolan has been on the radar for readers of high-quality and socially conscious crime fiction for some years now. Her Zigic and Ferreira series became known for targeting bones of contention in contemporary society, such as racism, human trafficking, and disability. In the past year, she has been working on a stand-alone novel, This is How it Ends (out Raven Press, 25th January 2018), and I was lucky to have one of the early review copies sent to me. The premise of This is How it Ends is really good: Young Ella Riordan has joined the protest groups in London trying to fight gentrification and the expulsion…

  • Crime fiction,  Nordic Noir

    The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi

    I was contacted by MacMillan last month to get to know their latest translated author, Steinar Bragi whose novel The Icelands came out on the 25th October. Even though I do not read much Scandi crime fiction, I enjoy it a lot when I finally step out of my British/American comfort zone. So, after taking a look at the book I decided it was dark enough to make it to my Halloween reading list. But I did not know what I had in my hands… The Icelands – Hálendið in the original Icelandic, published in 2011 and translated into English by Lorenz Garcia – tells the story of two couples,…

  • British,  Crime fiction

    The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

    When I first heard that J.R Rowling had published The Cuckoo’s Calling, a detective novel under a pseudonym and I checked it, I was not very keen on reading it. But then, why not? I focus on crime fiction and after the secret was revealed a lot of people who do not usually read crime fiction would read The Cuckoo’s Calling. So, I asked for a review copy and the publisher kindly sent me a gorgeous paperback edition. From Goodreads: After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling.…