a smallish smorgasbord

Steph Davies of Wheredunnit is blogging these days, and has just published an appreciation of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo’s Martin Beck series, which she reports holds up amazingly well. Previously she commented on the BBC Wallander series and wished she could join the throngs touring Wallander’s Ystad.

Maxine at Petrona makes me renew my resolve to read all of the Martin Beck series as she talks about the way the “main character” in many ways is in the background to the social panarama that takes the front stage. I’m thinking this is actually a common characteristic of Scandinavian crime fiction. Have to mull this over more . . .

Karen Meek at Euro Crime points out that Arnaldur Indridason’s Voices is set at Christmas time – though it might not be the cheeriest of stories, involving the sordid murder of a hotel Santa Claus with a long-held secret.

And Uriah at Crime Scraps says “Just when I had learned to spell Indridason along comes another fine Icelandic crime writer.” But he’s willing to add another name to his spelling skills – Yrsa Sigurdardottir, author of Last Rituals, which he recommends. And which I hope I haven’t misspelled.

And if you haven’t joined the Crime and Mystery Fiction room at FriendFeed – what are you waiting for? What a handy way to share links.

2 thoughts on “a smallish smorgasbord

  1. Doesn’t matter how you spell Yrsa’s surname – just make sure if you do get hold of the book that you ignore the blurb. Never has a character been so misdescribed! There is absolutely nothing boorish about Matthew Reich. The whole book is fabulous.

  2. Darn – sorry the first sentence makes no sense – what I MEANT to say was Doesn’t matter how you spell her surname (I’m sure it does to her!) just make sure you get hold of the book and ignore the blurb.

    Sigh – it’s been a long weekend 🙂

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