Tag Archives: crime fiction

Quick Curtain by Alan Melville

After Death on the Cherwell, I have checked out a few more of the British Library’s Crime Classics series and Alan Melville‘s books really stand out among the bunch for the quality of their writing. Melville wrote a few crime … Continue reading

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Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay

For Miss Cordell, principal of Persephone College, there are two great evils to be feared: unladylike behaviour among her students, and bad publicity for the college. So her prim and cosy world is turned upside down when a secret society … Continue reading

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The Orenda Roadshow – Nordic Authors and the Beast from the East

It’s been a bit nippy in the last week, if you hadn’t noticed… Obviously, this had to be the week of the Orenda Roadshow – a large gaggle of brilliant authors from the UK and Europe travelling from Aberdeen to … Continue reading

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On Translating Simone Buchholz’s Blue Night

There’s much excitement at the moment because my translation of Simone Buchholz‘s wonderful German noir Krimi Blue Night (Blaue Nacht) is coming out in paperback at the end of March, published by the equally wonderful Orenda Books. It’s already available … Continue reading

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Post-Referendum Reading – Vigilante

I haven’t been reading much lately, or it’s been taking me much longer to get through books than usual. There are all sorts of reasons for this, to do with family life, too much time on social media or playing … Continue reading

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Aufräumen – Angelika Waldis

Aufräumen (Piper Verlag, 2014) means “to tidy up”, and Luisa is having a clear-out. But the first thing that needs to go is her husband Alfred – an “artist”, who despises yet sponges off her – after almost 40 years … Continue reading

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Snow White Must Die

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus, translated from German by Steven T. Murray (Pan Macmillan, 2012), certainly benefits from an eyecatching title and cover as well as “international bestseller status” and inclusion in Richard and Judy’s Book Club. Weirdly, … Continue reading

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