Favourite Euro Crime reads of 2012

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Historical, Italy, memes, Norway, Scandinavia, Sicily, spy story, Sweden

best crime fiction 2012You can see my favourite Euro Crime books of 2012 here at Karen’s encyclopaedic resource. 41M+3apQq1L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU02_

My discovery of the year was the Norwegian crime writer Anne Holt, and I recently finished the second book  in her Hanne Wilhelmsen series Blessed Are Those Who Thirst and that must be a strong contender for the 2013 International Dagger [review soon]. All the five writers I enjoyed most in 2012 concentrated on their characters, and I think that is the key to any good writing. Brilliant plots and clever twists are all very well, but it is the ability to create interesting characters that are the  basis of a long running crime fiction series and a successful career as a writer.

And of course being able to empathise with your readers, especially if they are retired dentists.

He had been newly qualified as a dentist, at a time when the previously lucrative profession had become less profitable after twenty years of social democratic public dental services. Anne Holt-Blessed Are Those Who Thirst 

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Comments
  1. Norman – I”m very glad you like Holt’s work. And I couldn’t agree more about the value of interesting characters for any good novel…

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  3. kathy d. says:

    I completely agree on the Hanne Wilhelsem series. The Blind Goddess was one of my favorite reads in 2012. Now to do a bit of sleuthing myself to find Blessed Are Those That Thirst over here. I give up on the library. The administrators will buy 400 copies of a dvd starring George Clooney, but buy one or two copies of a major crime fiction writer’s books from Norway? (unless it’s Jo Nesbo) Or so many other global books I covet. The budget groans every time I start trying to find mysteries from abroad other than bestsellers.

  4. Norman Price says:

    Kathy, the second book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series was a good as The Blind Goddess, possibly better. I will have a review up next week.
    It is sad that libraries follow the trend of publishers in over relying on celebrities rather than giving people a spread of talent.
    The ultimate result of this policy is the huge advance given to Pippa Middleton for her book on parties.

  5. kathy d. says:

    Well, the libraries also buy what’s on the New York Times and other bestsellers’ lists, not necessarily the best books, and giving little change to many global writers or U.S. writers who aren’t best-selling authors. The library “new book” section is rife with best-sellers and mass market writers. There is not one book there that I’d like to read.
    Also they buy lots of books published by U.S. authors and not many published abroad, unless they are published by major companies or are being pushed over here. And Australian authors? They buy few and then only the most popular authors.
    As I said, my budget is collapsing on territorial restrictions, high prices, the Book Depository, Amazon and more purchases.

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