The other day I flicked through the book supplement of the Danish paper “Weekendavisen”, searching for the crime fiction news. (Our best book supplement if you ask me).
Journalist Katinka Bruun recommends nine books ´for the hammock´.
1. Peter Temple, Den brændte jord (Truth) – Australian
2. Linwood Barclay, For tæt på (Too Close to Home) – American
3. Scott Turow, Uskyldig (Innocent) – American
4. Ann Cleeves, Stormvarsel (Blue Lightning) – British
5. S.J. Bolton, Blodhøst (The Blood Harvest) – British
Small wonder that the Danes have discovered Peter Temple though they won´t quite understand the attraction of Temple´s language. I was very pleased to see that Cleeves and Bolton were amont the five. Well-deserved, but the book supplements don´t always listen to me.
Four are from Scandinavia.
7. Inger Wolf, Hvepsereden (Daniel Trokic and Lisa Cornelius) – Danish
8. Rie Osted, Den røde dame (an Andrea de Lima story) – Danish, cosy mystery.
9. Peter Dreyer, Glitch – Danish sci-fi.
I think Bruhn shows a good deal of taste and common sense. Or in other words, she is not as keen on dark, fast-paced thrillers as certain of her male colleagues.
I have read books by writer no 1, 4, 5 and 6 (strongly recommended), and I will try to get 7 and 8 from the library. As a writer of cosy mysteries I was pleased to see that a Danish publisher was willing to publish one. Perhaps the Danish readers of crime fiction will rediscover this genre as this journalist liked it quite a lot though she calls it an ´aunt mystery´ (meaning prim, I suppose) and calls the writers of the genre ´well-writing madams´.