Archive for October 2, 2009


Earlier this year I managed to read all the CWA International Dagger shortlisted novels and made a complete hash of picking the eventual winner. I still think my selection was a better novel than the winner.

Now I intend to read all the six CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award shortlisted books and try and select a winner before the award ceremony on 29 October.
I have already read and reviewed:

The other four books are in planned reading order:

The Empty Death: Laura Wilson
The Redemption of Alexander Seaton: Shona MacLean
The Interrogator: Andrew Williams
The Dead of Winter: Rennie Airth

I thought I was fixated on books about the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the Second World War but the judging panel have come up with a rather unbalanced shortlist, or is it that the Nazi and wartime period can provide such bizarre characters, complex plots and tense atmosphere. The six books in order from the The Information Officer are set in 1942, 1934 and 1954, 1944, 1626, 1941 and 1944. The year 1944 seems to have had a lot happening on all fronts.

Update: I should have said that my review of The Interrogator will appear on Euro Crime.


Posted: October 2, 2009 in Uncategorized


I had a pleasant surprise yesterday on returning from our allotment [the produce in the photo reminded me of the Michael Connelly title, The Narrows] in that those lovely people at Quercus Books had sent me a review copy of Millennium III, The Grand Finale, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson, translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland [aka Steven Murray].

Lisbeth Salander is back!

From the press release:

Stieg Larsson [1954-2004]

Editor -in-Chief of the anti-racist magazine Expo. He was one of the world’s leading experts on ant-democratic, right-wing extremist and Nazi organisations, and was often consulted on that account.

I will have to exhibit some restraint and not start Hornets’ Nest yet as I want to read the rest of the Ellis Peters shortlist before the award ceremony on the 29 October.