THE OTHER TWIN by L.V. Hay; Orenda books, on-sale 11/15/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633786).
DEAR MR. M by Herman Koch; Hogarth, paperback on-sale 6/6/17 (ISBN: 978-1101903346).
BLOCK 46 by Johana Gustawsson; Orenda Books, on-sale 10/1/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633700).
SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf; Algonquin, paperback on-sale 5/23/17 (ISBN: 978-1616206932).
CURSED by Thomas Enger; Orenda Books, on-sale 2/15/17 (ISBN: 978-1910633649).
LITTLE BOY BLUE by M.J. Arlidge; Berkley Publishing, on-sale 10/4/16 (ISBN: 978-1101991374).
September, 2018: Lounge Marketing, 31 Influential Crime Fiction Bloggers http://www.loungemarketing.com/lounge-blog/31-crime-fiction-book-bloggers
September, 2018: DV (Iceland), Bouchercon dinner piece http://www.dv.is/menning/2018/09/11/ragnar-og-yrsa-godum-felagsskap/
September, 2017: The Thrill Begins, Interview with David Lagercrantz http://thrillbegins.com/2017/09/11/lagercrantz/
July, 2017: The Thrill Begins, "Running a Successful Newsletter" http://thrillbegins.com/2017/07/05/newsletter/
June, 2017: Select Specs, "Fashion Fit for a Coffee Run" https://www.selectspecs.com/fashion-lifestyle/fashion-fit-for-a-coffee-run/
April, 2017: Independent Publishers Group, "Top Tips from Our Favorite #InfluencersOfInstagram" http://www.ipgbook.com/blog/top-tips-from-our-favorite-influencersofinstagram/
March, 2017: Scandinavia On My Mind, "Top 5 Nordic Noir Novels" http://scandinaviaonmymind.com/five-nordic-noir-novels-read-die/
April, 2016: Binge on Books Podcast, "Most Anticipated 2016 Books" http://bingeonbooks.com/most-anticipated-books-for-2016-a-podcast-four-way/
October, 2017: The Writer Awards Best Book Blogs of 2017 https://commaful.com/play/thewriterawards/the-book-blogger-awards-2017/
September, 2017: Ten Greatest's Top Book Review Blogs: http://www.10greatest.com/a-guide-to-top-book-review-blogs/
September, 2017: Shout About's Best Book Review Blogs: http://www.shoutabout.org/review/best-book-review-blogs/
July, 2017: #8 in FeedSpot's Top 50 Crime Novel Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/crime_novel_blogs/
June, 2017: FeedSpot's Top 100 Novel Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/novel_blogs/
June, 2017: FeedSpot's Top 100 Book Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/bookreview_blogs/
November, 2016: FeedSpot's Top 100 Book Review Blogs: http://blog.feedspot.com/bookreview_blogs/
Two years ago, I went on my very first solo international trip to Reykjavik for Iceland Noir 2016. I had never met anyone at the conference in “real life”; I was still a relatively new blogger, and, to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into. Well, to make a long story short, it was the absolute best thing I could’ve done for myself and for the development of CBTB. I made great friends, learned about tons of new crime books, and fell head over heels in love with the beauty and magic of Iceland. Now, two years later, I’m more than ready to pack my bags and head back to Reykjavik for Iceland Noir 2018! I’ve been to quite a few crime festivals all around the world now, and I can honestly say that Iceland Noir remains my favorite festival yet. I can’t wait to see what Iceland Noir 2018 has in store for me!
With another new year on the horizon, it’s time to begin one of my personal favorite blog series: Buzzworthy 2019 Books! If you’re new to CBTB, my “Buzzworthy Books” picks are aimed at highlighting early 2019 releases that might still be a few months away, but are worth adding to your TBR now. In these posts, I will highlight three key elements that make the featured book a must-read. I will be periodically releasing these Buzzworthy Books selections as we approach the new year—and once 2019 arrives, I’ll have a blog post up giving you a complete list of my Buzzworthy 2019 Books! So now, on to my first pick… STALKER by Lars Kepler, available February 5th, 2019! When I want a crime novel that’s gritty, unputdownable, and very dark, Kepler is one of my go-to authors - and this is exactly the kind of reading experience that STALKER delivers.
One of the trickiest things about blogging for me personally is finding time to highlight books that I loved before starting Crime by the Book. Recently, though, I’ve been feeling particularly inspired to put together a post on one of the very first Scandinavian crime series I fell in love with—so that’s exactly what I’m doing today! After reading (and loving) Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy many years ago, I found myself on a personal quest to learn as much as I could about the Nordic Noir genre. It was during this time period that I discovered Jo Nesbø, Sara Blaedel, and today’s featured author: Camilla Läckberg. In the years since, my love of Camilla Läckberg’s endearing, engrossing Fjällbacka Series has only grown. If you’re a reader who prefers mysteries that focus less on violence and more on character development, these books will be right up your alley; they are undeniably lighter novels than many of their Nordic peers, but that’s not at all a negative. Instead, think of these books as the kind of “comfort read” that you’ll want to come back to over and over, thanks to their rich atmosphere, endearing characters, and chilling (but not terrifying) mysteries. I couldn’t be more excited to finally be taking the time to share exactly why I love this series - and why I think you’ll love it, too.
You heard it here first: Riley Sager has a new book releasing next year, and it looks fantastic. LOCK EVERY DOOR will release on July 2nd, 2019, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to help reveal its gorgeous cover today! In this post, you can see the stunning cover of LOCK EVERY DOOR, learn more about the book’s plot, and pre-order it! A huge thanks to Dutton Books for letting me participate in this cover reveal—it’s a genuine honor to help celebrate the newest book from one of crime fiction’s hottest rising stars. Happy reading - and the countdown to LOCK EVERY DOOR begins now.
Halloween is nearly here… and if you’re in the market for a chilling read to help set the mood for your Hallo-week, today’s post is for you! We’ve got two days to go until the 31st, so you’ll want something quick - and scary - to get you in the Halloween spirit fast. In this post, you’ll find a few of my personal favorite spine-tingling, binge-worthy scary stories that you can devour in a couple sittings. From straight-up horror fiction to psychological thrillers with an edge and more, there’s a little something for everyone in this post—and you can always find even more creepy books by perusing my Quick Reviews page. Happy reading, and happy (almost) Halloween!
Nordic Noir fans, listen up - this fall is bringing with it some fantastic new crime novels to sink your teeth into, including Sara Blaedel’s THE SILENT WOMEN—the second book in the author’s internationally bestselling Louise Rick series. (Of note: this book was previously published in the US under the title Call Me Princess.) In THE SILENT WOMEN, Copenhagen detective Louise Rick faces a disturbing case when a young woman is found brutally assaulted in her home, the victim of a man who appears to use dating websites to identify and meet his prey. THE SILENT WOMEN was Blaedel’s breakout book in her native Denmark, and it’s easy to see why. Dark and visceral, this chilling crime story will get under readers’ skin and stay there long after the final page is turned. The crimes portrayed in this book are deeply disturbing, but Blaedel handles them with sensitivity; readers will find Louise Rick a fantastic advocate and champion for the women who fall victim to our story’s criminal. Where THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS, Book 1 in Blaedel’s Louise Rick series, is a more slow-burning story, THE SILENT WOMEN is gripping right from the outset; readers looking for a procedural with tense, page-turning pacing will thoroughly enjoy this series installment. THE SILENT WOMEN is sure to hook readers on Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick series.
I’m delighted to share with CBTB readers an excerpt from RIVER BODIES by Karen Katchur, available November 1st from Thomas & Mercer! This mystery caught my eye first and foremost for its gorgeous cover (which, in all honesty, might be one of my favorite covers of the year!)—and second for its compelling plot. RIVER BODIES links past and present through two crimes in Portland, Pennsylvania, and follows a woman whose return to her hometown brings long-buried secrets to the surface. RIVER BODIES is the first book in a planned series, so this is the perfect opportunity to dip in and see if this forthcoming suspense novel might be a book for you. In anticipation of RIVER BODIES’ release in just a couple of weeks, you can dip into Chapter One from this intriguing mystery in today’s blog post!
There are few things I love more than a fall afternoon spent cozied up with a great crime novel - and October’s new releases have lots to offer if you’re in the market for a perfect fall read! This month, Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson launches a new series in the US, Sharon Bolton serves up a perfect Halloween suspense novel, the very first book by Denmark’s Queen of Crime finally comes to America, and more! It’s been a great month for crime fiction, so let’s dive right in to this month’s Recommended Releases.
Looking for a crime series perfect for fall weekend reading? Danish crime writer Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick series belongs on your list. When I picture the kind of book I want to be reading on a crisp autumn evening, it’s a book exactly like Blaedel’s: something atmospheric, layered, immersive, and perfect for cozying up with when the weather gets cold. If this sounds up your alley, add Blaedel’s THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS to your TBR. Technically the first book in Blaedel’s internationally-bestselling series, THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS is now being made available to US readers in a brand-new edition from Grand Central—and it will work for both newcomers to Blaedel’s work and established fans of the series. In THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS, homicide detective Louise Rick is tasked with solving the brutal murder of a young woman in her hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark… but when her best friend, journalist Camilla Lind, asks her to investigate the murder of a local journalist as well, Louise finds herself in over her head - and in the crosshairs of two killers. THE MIDNIGHT WITNESS is the book that launched Blaedel’s internationally-bestselling Louise Rick series around the world—and American readers will fall in love with Blaedel’s endearing and headstrong detective in this compelling mystery.
In an instant, the life you know can be taken away. That’s the premise of Paula Daly’s sharp and thoughtful domestic suspense novel OPEN YOUR EYES, available in the US tomorrow (October 9, 2018). Centering around the wife of a bestselling crime writer, OPEN YOUR EYES confronts readers with the terrible ways that our ordinary could become anything but. When a brutal crime leaves Jane Campbell’s husband Leon in a coma, Jane is forced to pull the proverbial wool from her own eyes and confront the secrets her husband has been keeping from her in their otherwise idyllic marriage. As Jane plumbs the depths of her husband’s secret life, she finds that her tranquil existence has been a facade—and what lies beneath is more troubling than she could ever have imagined. Daly writes deftly about ordinary life; OPEN YOUR EYES is a subtle and nuanced suspense novel that will best suit readers looking for a story made chilling by its plausibility. This is not a story defined by shocking violence or twists—it’s a story that is unsettling because of how closely the lives of its characters resemble the lives we ourselves lead. Readers will find protagonist Jane an acquired taste, but the deeper she digs into the truth of her own life - and the more agency and independence she develops in the process - the more they will root for her. OPEN YOUR EYES is tense, chilling reading material, and a breath of fresh air in the domestic thriller genre.