Category Archives: Norway

Murder on Page Three, by Ella Griffiths

Murder on Page ThreeElla Griffiths  (translated by J. Basil Cowlishaw)Quartet Crime 1984 (first published Norway 1982) 183 pp Latest in my discovery of Scandinavian mystery authors is Ella Griffiths, who wrote Murder on Page Three back in the 1980s. The … Continue reading

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Death in Oslo, by Anne Holt

Death in Oslo: Everyone Has a Secret Life. Even the Most Powerful Woman in the World Death in OsloAnne Holt (translated by Kari Dickson). To appreciate DEATH IN OSLO as an English-language reader, one must note that the book was … Continue reading

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The Consorts of Death, by Gunnar Staalesen

  The Consorts of Death Translated by Don Bartlett. Varg Veum is a private detective based in Bergen. Although he's featured in almost 20 novels, only two of them are readily available in English, both published by Arcadia: THE WRITING … Continue reading

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The Water’s Edge, by Karin Fossum

  The Water's Edge Translated by Charlotte Barslund.Karin Fossum brings her usual cool empathy to this apparently simple tale of a married couple out for a Sunday afternoon walk in the forest, who discover the body of a young boy. … Continue reading

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The Redeemer, by Jo Nesbo

  The Redeemer Translated by Don Bartlett. In the cold of winter in Oslo, Harry Hole is investigating the case of a young drug addict who has apparently committed suicide among the containers in a shipyard. He's undecided about his … Continue reading

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Nemesis, by Jo Nesbo

  Nemesis Translated by Don Bartlett. I have been having a bit of a Jo Nesbo fest recently, as part of a possibly doomed attempt to read all the shortlisted novels for the Crime Writers' Association international dagger award before … Continue reading

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Broken, by Karin Fossum

Broken A long queue of people waits patiently at a door. Old and young, in small groups or alone, everyone waits silently. Every year, the author who lives in the house on the other side of the door will choose … Continue reading

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The Shadow in the River, by Frode Grytten

The Shadow in the River In the provincial, decaying Norwegian town of Odda, journalist Robert Bell is a cynical observer, relishing his self-chosen role of outsider, constantly sizing-up and judging his fellow-citizens. He enjoys his lonely job at an outpost … Continue reading

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Black Seconds, by Karin Fossum

Black Seconds It is generally agreed that the worst thing that can happen to anyone is to lose a child. This is the premise of Karin Fossum's excellent new novel, BLACK SECONDS. Small and unpretentious in scale yet deep in … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Effect, by Pernille Rygg

The Butterfly Effect In a bracing dash of Norwegian noir contrasting with the snow white of an Oslo winter, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT opens just after Igi Heitmann's father, a private detective, has been killed in a hit and run accident. … Continue reading

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