The 2019 Petrona Award Shortlist

Today we’re announcing the outstanding crime novels from  Norway, Iceland and Denmark which have been shortlisted for the 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

I was delighted to be the judge on the award in what will be my final year. The winning title will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 11 May during the annual international crime fiction convention CrimeFest, held in Bristol on 9-12 May 2019. The winning author and the translator of the winning title will both receive a cash prize, and the winning author will receive a full pass to and a guaranteed panel at CrimeFest 2020.

The shortlisted books are:

THE ICE SWIMMER by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

THE WHISPERER by Karin Fossum, tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway)

THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway)

THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson, tr. Victoria Cribb (Penguin Random House; Iceland)

RESIN by Ane Riel, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Doubleday; Denmark)

BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)

Thanks to Crimefest for their generosity and to our sponsor David Hicks. The judges comments on all the books can be found on the Petrona Award website.

Have you read any of these books and do you have a view on who should be the winner? I’d love to hear from you!

 

11 thoughts on “The 2019 Petrona Award Shortlist

  1. The Darkness is an exceptionally great book. I have also read & enjoyed Resin. I have The Ice Swimmer (somewhere) & The Katherina Code (ebook). I might read these before the winner is revealed.
    I’m trying to read those on the woman’s prize list too.

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  2. Kathy D.

    This is a good list. I have “Big Sister’ on library reserve. I’ve been trying to find “The Katharina Code,” but the library doesn’t have it yet. I will wait. I will read the judges’ comments.

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  3. Kathy D.

    This Sunday, April 29, the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced. I haven’t figured out what books to read. Maybe that will help.

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  4. Kathy D.

    This Sunday, April 29, the shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced. I haven’t figured out what books to read. Maybe that will help. Oops, Monday, I mean.

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