Category Archives: New Zealand

>Vanda Symon, The Ringmaster (2008)

> (German title: Der ungeschminkte Tod. My review of Overkill). Well, I read the second Sam Shephard mystery from New Zealand in German, but I was afraid that if I only gave you the German title, you would not read … Continue reading

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>Do The Write Thing (in aid of Christchurch)

>As I am slowly recovering from a flu, I´ll just do the easy thing: copy most of Margot Kinberg´s post – please think about what you can do to help the victims of the terrible earthquake in New Zealand the … Continue reading

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>Vanda Symon, Overkill (2007)

> This police procedural from New Zealand is the first volume of the Sam Shephard series. Gabriella thinks she lets a telephone repairman into her house, but her visitor has something else in store for the young mother. After the … Continue reading

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>A Teaser

> As I know how difficult it is to get this crime novel in Europe and America, I don´t think it is fair to call this a bait post. “The day it was ordained that Gabriella Knowes would die there … Continue reading

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>Ngaio Marsh, Artists in Crime (1938)

>Ngaio Marsh (1895 – 1982) may still be the most famous crime fiction writer from New Zealand. This novel is the sixth in the Alleyn series, and the story where he meets Agatha Troy, the brilliant painter, whom he marries … Continue reading

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>Paul Cleave, Cemetery Lake (2008)

>This thriller from New Zealand is the author´s third. I chose this one for the title because I wanted one I could use for both my reading challenges. The novel is well-written and captures one´s attention immediately (though it is … Continue reading

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>A City is a City is a City

>When English readers read Scandinavian crime fiction, they sometimes ask for a stronger sense of place. As someone dwelling in the area I cannot help thinking that Copenhagen and Stockholm are cities like any other so what do people expect? … Continue reading

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