OT: More Summer Distractions

Posted: September 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

Crime Scraps is now nine years old so to mark that milestone I have posted some more photos I took this wonderful summer. 

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  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Congratulations, Norman. May we all have Crime Scraps among us for many more fruitful years. It’s one of my ‘must-visits,’ and I always learn from my visits here. Thanks, too for the lovely ‘photos. Glad you’ve had some lovely weather this summer.

  2. KerrieS says:

    Well done Norman

  3. Kathy D. says:

    Thanks for the lovely photos. Happy Blog-o-versary to Crime Scraps, a great blog which I visit frequently. And, I must say, I get book ideas from this blog. For instance, I read The Second Deadly Sin because of a recommendation here, liked it. And I purchased The Hummingbird, but a friend borrowed it and I haven’t read it yet.

    And I just finished Liza Marklund’s Borderline, a brutal, but well-written book wih Annika Bengtzon.

    I am a bit spoiled due to those last two books.

    I wasn’t smitten with Lahlum’s first book in this series, Human Flies. I just didn’t find the premise believable, the relationship between the two protagonists, although the story going back to WWII was interesting.

    But I am not sure of which Nordics to read next. I really like good character development, don’t like sexist and bigoted characters and I like a riveting story, with not too much brutality. Any other ideas?

    • Norman Price says:

      Kathy, I didn’t think Satellite People was as good as The Human Flies, but I am well in to the sequel to The Hummingbird, The Defenceless.

      That is very good with superb characters and a plot that is relevant to today’s Europe. Cops Anna Fekete and Esko are great creations. The apparently sexist and bigoted Esko has a hard shell
      but as his character develops we are seeing a very soft centre. He is just very scared, as are many people in Europe, of his homeland changing beyond recognition, and in his case of getting old.
      Kati Hiekkapelto is definitely one of the best Nordic writers to appear on the scene in the last few years. Her style reminds me of the Sjowall and Wahloo Martin Beck books and there can’t be
      a higher recommendation.

  4. Kathy D. says:

    Agreed. No higher recommendation than a comparison to Sjowall/Wahloo’s Martin Beck series.

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