Crime for Easter

It’s as Norwegian a celebration as Syttende Mai – when Easter rolls around, it’s time to curl up with a mystery or three. According to the website for the Norwegian Emabassy in the UK,

Along with Easter eggs and skiing, a third Norwegian tradition over this holiday is, believe it or not, crime! No, the Norwegians don’t run around robbing strangers or break into their neighbours’ houses, but they do love to watch a bit of murder mysteries on TV or read the latest crime fiction.

It’s been a long tradition for Norwegians to wrap up warm in the sofa after a long day of skiing to watch the annual crime series on TV which normally run on the major networks over a few nights during the Easter week. The series are the talk of the town and keep viewers on the edge of their seats each night, and come Easter Monday the murders have been solved and the holiday is over.

As if the blood-shed on TV wasn’t enough, Norwegians also love reading crime fiction over the holiday period. Old books get their revival and new crime fiction novels shoot to the top of the best-seller charts.

The article goes on to make some suggestions – books by Pernille Rygg, Kjersti Scheen, Jo Nesbø, Anne Holt, and Karin Fossum. You can find more reviews (and more Norwegian crime writers whose works have been translated into English) here, here, and here. God påske!

easter reading in Norway

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