The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year

I’m delighted to be one of the judges for the 2014 Petrona Award for Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The award will celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers, who died in December.

The press release can be found here: http://eurocrime.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-petrona-award-for-scandinavian.html

Scandinavian crime fiction is experiencing a boom both here in the UK and abroad and there are a vast range of translated titles to choose from. There’s some exciting reading ahead.

The 2013 shortlist, which is based on Maxine’s reviews and ratings, has some great books on it too. They are:

PIERCED by Thomas Enger, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Faber and Faber)
BLACK SKIES by Arnaldur Indridason, tr. Victoria Cribb (Harvill Secker)
LAST WILL by Liza Marklund, tr. Neil Smith (Corgi)
ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER LIFE by Leif GW Persson tr. Paul Norlen (Doubleday)
another time another life
Pierced
LWillBlack Skies
Who would you most like to win out of these?
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21 thoughts on “The Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year

  1. How wonderful to be chosen to be a judge. I am sure that will be a hard choice. I have not read any of these authors, but hope to remedy that someday.

  2. Sarah – An excellent post and it’s good to see so many fine candidates. I’m going to have to go with Last Will but there’s an excellent case for some of the others too. Whichever is the winner, I think this is a more than fitting way to remember Maxiine.

  3. I have only read Last Will and Black Skies, both good. I would recommend Last Will for the award because Maxine Clarke loved Liza Marklund’s books and her character, Annika Bengtzon. The reason I read this one and another of Marklund’s books is because of Maxine’s rave reviews.

  4. Maxine’s good reviews drew me to many excellent crime fiction books. Even when I read a book, having read about it from another source, I’d look up her review to see what she had to say about it. Always insightful.

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