The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg

I have to admit this book was an impulse purchase. In Waitrose. But I just really felt like some slightly generic crime, and The Ice Child fulfilled that wish. It is part of a series of books about Detective Patrik Hedström and his wife Erica, who is a writer, who both just happen to get… Continue reading The Ice Child by Camilla Lackberg

The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath

The Bone Seeker begins with both the style and plot of quite a standard crime novel. Teacher and ex-polar bear hunter Edie sees Martha Salliaq on a Friday afternoon at school. Martha drops her bag and make up falls out; Edie notes this is unusual for an Inuk girl. She asks Martha if she is… Continue reading The Bone Seeker by M.J. McGrath

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (2010)

Is it ever wise to impulse-buy a book? Annoyingly the answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no. I've bought a lot of books over the years on the spur of the moment, both online and in bookshops that I've put on the shelf and then never bothered with again... luckily, that did not happen on… Continue reading Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (2010)

The Empty Glass by J. I. Baker

Having read Lois Banner's biography of Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox, I was intrigued when I came across The Empty Glass in a magazine. The fact that it was about the mystery of Monroe's death, but it was a novel, was very interesting. The cover also attracted me. It is eye-catching and… Continue reading The Empty Glass by J. I. Baker

The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul

What a funny little book. I was unaware of Pia Juul until The Murder of Halland was kindly sent to me by Peirene Press, a fantastic independent publisher that "specializes in contemporary European novellas  in English translation." Having been aware of them for a while, I was thrilled to receive a book from their latest… Continue reading The Murder of Halland by Pia Juul