Archive for May 22, 2011


Last week Karen of Euro Crime asked us to speculate which seven books that would be on the International Dagger shortlist.

My short list was :

Mercy* by Jussi Adler-Olsen [Denmark] translator Lisa Hartford

These three books failed to make the CWA judges shortlist. I had not finished reading Mercy* but the intriguing start, and watching 20 episodes of The Killing may have influenced my choice of this Danish bestseller.

When the official award shortlist was announced on Friday evening to those four selections the CWA judges added:

[the link in this review to the Appreciating Camilleri article on the Picador site is no longer is active, but the article can be read here and here]
The Saint-Florentin Murders by Jean-Francois Parot [France] translator Howard Curtis

I am now in the process of reading the Jean-Francois Parot, which I downloaded onto my Kindle just before Crime Fest after reading Karen’s enticing review at Euro Crime.
The links are to my reviews, and you can go to the CWA website for more information about the judges, books, authors and translators here.

Last year I posted some details about the history of this award at Deductions from the CWA International Dagger.
In the next few weeks I will discuss this shortlist, and decide to which of the books I would give the award.
Photo Ann Cleeves announces the shortlist.


Posted: May 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

The correct answers to the quiz to win an ARC of A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell were:

1] Which country boycotted the 1936 Berlin Olympics and organized their own games? What prevented those games from starting?

Spain and the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

2] Who was the high jumper prevented from competing in the Berlin Olympics although she held the German record, and had won the British high jump championship?

Gretel Bergmann, later Margaret Lambert, who was Jewish. You can read some of her story here and here.

There were nine correct answers, and as unfortunately I only had one prize we had to draw a lucky winner.
Mrs Crime Scraps, with her eyes closed, picked a numbered piece of paper from a hat, and the prize will be sent off next week to an address west of Barcelona, and east of Vigo.
Sorry to the unlucky eight better luck next time, and thanks for competing.