January is always a productive time for crime fiction. Along with new publications, we also get advance review copies of novels not hitting the bookshop shelves until spring and sometimes the summer. I reviewed a mixture of these, from Peter May’s recently published Entry Island to Louise Welsh’s A Lovely Way to Burn which is out in March. I also caught up on some of my reading for the The Petrona Award for translated Scandinavian crime fiction. Of everything I read, it was Welsh’s book that made the strongest impression. I’m a fan of apocalyptic fiction anyway but the quality of Welsh’s writing made this a compelling read.
The six books I reviewed for Crimepieces were:
1. The Second Deadly Sin by Asa Larsson
2. A Lovely Way to Burn by Louise Welsh
3. The Disappeared by Kristina Ohlsson
4. Cockroaches by Jo Nesbo
5. Entry Island by Peter May
6. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indridason