Hell Fire, by Karin Fossum

September 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

  In quick succession, we are introduced to three sets of people: Mass Malthe, whose grown son Eddie is dependent on her; Bonnie Hayden and Simon, her five-year-old son; and Inspector Konrad Sejer, his second-in-command Jakob Skarre, and Sejer’s dog Frank, a somewhat somnolent Shar-Pei. Frank is the sole source of comic relief in this […]

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The Water’s Edge, by Karin Fossum (Mysteries go global, part four)

November 11, 2009 at 9:41 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

In this novel, Karin Fossum has dared to portray not one but two child molesters as less than monstrous human beings. In one scene, Inspector Konrad Sejer and his second in command, Jacob Skarre, interview Philip Akeson, a convicted sex offender. They are hoping he can assist them with  a case they are currently working […]

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“‘This is what I’ve always feared.'” – Black Seconds, by Karin Fossum

November 7, 2008 at 3:30 am (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

One afternoon in the small Norwegian town of Glassverket, nine-year-old Ida Joner rides off on her yellow bicycle to the local newsstand, where she always buys her favorite magazine and some treats. Not an extraordinary errand. But what is extraordinary is that Ida fails to return home. Her mother Helga is rapidly consumed with anxiety. […]

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The Indian Bride, by Karin Fossum: a book discussion (yes, another one! )

April 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm (Book clubs, books, Mystery fiction)

Last night , the Usual Suspects enjoyed a particularly bracing discussion of The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum. Mike provided us with some fascinating background on this author, who is currently being hailed as Norway’s “queen of crime.” Now in her fifties and enjoying great success in her chosen field of endeavor, Fossum still regards […]

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Current trends in crime fiction, the books, part two: international authors and settings

February 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm (books, Mystery fiction)

[For Part One of this series of posts, click here.] IV. International authors and settings The Laughing Policeman and the other nine Martin Beck novels by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (Sweden) Here is what the Salomonsson Agency says on its website about Sjowall and Wahloo: “If any crime novels deserve to be called modern […]

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Best reading in 2016: Mysteries, part one: international and classic

December 31, 2016 at 8:42 pm (Best of 2016, Mystery fiction)

   Oh, boy,,, Where crime fiction is concerned, it was a field of amazing richness this year, that is for sure. I decided that it would be easier if I begin by mentioning my favorites according to subgenre, wherever possible. So here goes: International I wrote about this group in a recent post, but somehow […]

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Trends in crime fiction, part three: international, mainly Nordic and French

December 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction, Trends in crime fiction)

This particular trend may not be as hot as it was in the heyday of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (published posthumously in 2005), but it’s still with us. For one thing, we continue to be fairly inundated by the Scandinavians. My long running favorites among them are Karin Fossum of […]

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Mysteries recently read and enjoyed, in varying degree

December 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm (Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

I’m a big fan of Barry Maitland’s Brock and Kolla mysteries. They’re set in London and are characterized by a nice feel for the great metropolis. Maitland currently lives in Australia, the setting for his newly begun Harry Belltree series. I usually feel somewhat frustrated when an author abandons a series I enjoy in order […]

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Looking forward to some (potentially) great fiction

July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm (books, Mystery fiction)

I’m delighted to learn that several of my favorite authors have new books coming out in the next few months. (There’s also a debut novel that looks like a real winner for those of us who love historical fiction.) Perhaps some of these are among your favorites as well:     Crime fiction     […]

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Best Books of 2013, a personal view

December 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm (Best of 2013, Book review, books, Mystery fiction)

I guess I can’t postpone it any longer…. Various critics and media outlets have already rendered their judgments. I’ll provide links to those in a subsequent post. Also a reminder: my Best of the Year selections always reflect the best books I’ve read that year, not just those that were published in that calendar year. […]

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