February 2019: Vulture, “Move Over, Lady Psychopaths: The Locked-Room Mystery is Back” https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/locked-room-mysteries-are-back-from-lucy-foley-and-others.html
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/
THE BONE KEEPER by Luca Veste; Sourcebooks, on-sale 2/5/19 (ISBN: 978-1492671299)
THE UNDESIRED by Yrsa Sigurdardottir; Minotaur Books, paperback edition, on-sale 1/16/18 (ISBN: 978-1250152220)
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 edition, 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).
January, 2019: #6 in FeedSpot’s Top 50 Crime Novel Blogs: https://blog.feedspot.com/crime_novel_blogs/
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/
There’s nothing I love more than a buzzy new Scandinavian crime novel—so suffice it to say, M.T. Edvardsson’s US debut A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY has been high on my “most anticipated” list this year. I devoured this thoughtful and thought-provoking story just about a month ago, and have been mulling it over ever since. There’s a lot about this book that’s hard to categorize (and if you’ve been around CBTB for a while, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of categorizing my reads!): is it a legal thriller? A domestic drama? A “whodunnit”? In the end, the answer may not really matter, because what A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY is is wholly original and compelling. This slow-burn of a story takes readers into the midst of a family at the exact moment that their blissfully ordinary life is shattered. With the news that their daughter has been arrested for murder, a mother and father must face the unthinkable. How far will they go to protect their child? And what if their child really is guilty? This isn’t a pulse-pounding thriller in the traditional sense - as in, you won’t find shootouts or fight scenes within this book’s pages - but author M.T. Edvardsson ratchets up the tension and emotional investment all the same. Told in a wildly engrossing three-part structure, this domestic suspense-meets-courtroom drama is sure to be one of summer’s buzziest releases.
Kate White - former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and bestselling writer - has a brand-new crime novel out this week: SUCH A PERFECT WIFE, available tomorrow (May 7th) from Harper Books! In honor of Kate’s newest release, I’m thrilled to share with CBTB readers a fantastic conversation between Kate and bestselling crime writer Alafair Burke, in which these two very talented women discuss SUCH A PERFECT WIFE, writing gutsy female characters, advice for aspiring writers, and more. If there ever were a fascinating and inspiring pair of women to learn from, it’s these two, and I’m absolutely thrilled to share their Q&A with CBTB readers today! In this post, you can learn more about Kate’s forthcoming release SUCH A PERFECT WIFE, plus get all the details on Alafair’s newest book, THE BETTER SISTER, too. Huge thanks to HarperCollins, Kate White, and Alafair Burke for sharing this Q&A with us today! Read on for all the details on both books, and the Q&A between Kate and Alafair.
In the mood for a book that’s dark and binge-worthy? You’ve come to the right place. In her stellar sophomore suspense novel, queen of the plot twist Alice Feeney delivers a genuine nail-biter, and a book that’s a worthy follow-up to her knockout debut, SOMETIMES I LIE. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE is a psychological thriller that pushes boundaries and delivers a truly twisted reading experience; it’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for a suspense novel with an edge, it will be right up your alley. Following an actress who has spent her life adopting identities other than her own, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE takes readers inside a troubled marriage, and into the past our protagonist has worked so hard to keep hidden. When our protagonist’s husband goes missing, suspicion falls on her. Can she keep her past from catching up to her? Feeney made a splash with her debut thriller SOMETIMES I LIE, and in I KNOW WHO YOU ARE, she ups the ante. You might not guess it from this book’s relatively innocuous plot and seriously stylish cover, but I KNOW WHO YOU ARE is dark through and through. Alice Feeney has a dark imagination, and she pulls no punches in her sophomore thriller. What begins innocently enough twists and turns into something altogether shocking and utterly addictive. Clear your calendars: I KNOW WHO YOU ARE begs to be devoured whole.
It’s getting hard to think of new ways to say how much I love Ragnar Jonasson’s crime novels, but allow me to try once more. Just when I think Jonasson has surely written what will be my forever favorite book of his, he goes and outdoes himself yet again—and that’s exactly what’s happened here. I absolutely loved Jonasson’s 2018 release THE DARKNESS, the launch of his new trilogy featuring Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir, and I can now decidedly say that I loved the second trilogy installment, THE ISLAND, even more. In THE ISLAND, Jonasson ratchets up the tension and bone-chilling atmosphere of this Icelandic mystery trilogy—and the result is a downright unputdownable crime novel that captivates as much with its spine-tingling suspense as it does with its clever plotting. Jonasson has a knack for writing crime fiction that blends the old with the new seamlessly, and his skill is on full display in THE ISLAND. Weaving together a years-old crime with a present-day “locked room mystery”, Jonasson masterfully crafts a complex story that is hugely readable and entertaining. And let’s not forget this trilogy’s fantastic protagonist, Hulda; any excuse to spend more time with this spirited and down-to-earth character is one I’ll jump at. It’s worth reading THE DARKNESS (Book 1 in the Hulda trilogy) before THE ISLAND, but don’t let that two-book commitment put you off: these books are well worth your time. Inventive and original, atmospheric and chilling, THE ISLAND is another stellar release from one of Iceland’s foremost crime writers.
Dear crime readers: ‘tis the season for another “most anticipated” list! 2019 has already delivered a whole slew of stellar new crime reads, and there is so much more to come as we look towards the summer months. Between May, June, and July 2019, we crime readers will be treated to some of the best the genre has to offer: from new Nordic Noir to page-turning psychological thrillers and dark stories of revenge, there’s a little something for everyone on sale in the coming months! Today’s blog post will be focused on crime fiction releasing from May 2019 through July 2019 -- aka all the crime books you need to take you from spring into summer with a jam-packed TBR list. And not to worry: I will be sharing additional “most anticipated” lists for late summer, fall, and winter 2019 down the road, too! Without further ado, read on for my picks for Most-Anticipated Crime Books Hitting Shelves May - July 2019!
It’s hard to believe it, but summer is right around the corner - and it’s bringing with it a whole crop of hugely exciting new crime fiction releases! Right at the top of my personal list of most-anticipated Summer 2019 reads is today’s featured title: A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY by M.T. Edvardsson, releasing in the U.S. June 25th, 2019. This Scandinavian psychological thriller is gathering major buzz; it’s been on my radar for quite a while now, and I’m so excited to finally be digging in to it this weekend. Thanks to the book’s publisher, I’m also thrilled to be able to share with CBTB readers a sneak peek into what’s sure to be one of summer’s hottest crime reads! In today’s blog post, you can get the inside scoop on A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY, including plot details, advance praise, and an excerpt from the book’s prologue and first chapter.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the airport in Oslo, Norway, waiting on a (very) delayed flight back to New York. What could have been a frustrating way to pass an evening was saved by my bookish companion on the trip: Norwegian author Thomas Enger’s thought-provoking standalone crime novel INBORN. Part courtroom drama, part exploration of small-town life in Enger’s native Norway, INBORN is an effortless read--one enhanced by precise plotting and the author’s knack for rich character development. Following a teenage boy who is accused of murder, INBORN moves readers between the courtroom, wherein the boy is being questioned by the prosecution, and the past, where readers slowly but surely unravel the secrets of what really happened on that fateful night. Given that this book did begin as a Young Adult novel, INBORN is lighter on violence and grit than is Enger’s Henning Juul series, but that’s no detriment to the story Enger tells here. Enger has done a superb job adapting this Young Adult crime novel for an adult readership, and readers will find the book’s clean, crisp prose and precise plotting appealingly easy to devour. I come to Thomas Enger’s writing when I want to read a book with characters who feel three-dimensional and endearing, and I found exactly that in his newest standalone. INBORN is a compelling blend of courtroom drama and heart-tugging examination of adolescence--Enger has delivered again.
What an absolute thrill it is to be back in Denmark for the annual crime book festival Krimimessen! This exceptional festival is held every year at Fængslet, the Old State Penitentiary in Horsens. Bringing thousands of readers together with authors from Scandinavia and from around the world, Krimimessen is a vibrant and hugely exciting festival for any fan of Nordic Noir and crime fiction as a whole. Scandinavian crime fiction is, naturally, a focus of the festival, but readers are also treated to appearances by some of the biggest names in crime writing from all over the globe at Krimimessen; particular highlights include appearances by Camilla Lackberg, Sara Blaedel, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Clare Mackintosh, Lisa Jewell, Elly Griffiths, and many more! Bonus: the backdrop to this festival - an old prison - simply couldn’t be better for a crime-loving crowd. This will be my second year attending Krimimessen, and I am beyond excited for the crime fiction fun this weekend will have in store! I’m heading on the road from Copenhagen to Horsens later today, and can’t wait to take you along with me for Krimimessen Horsens 2019.
I’m thrilled to welcome author Annie Ward to CBTB today to discuss her fantastic new psychological thriller, BEAUTIFUL BAD, which went on sale earlier this month! BEAUTIFUL BAD is a story both intimate and epic, taking readers around the world and into the innermost secrets of a troubled marriage. Told in multiple timelines, BEAUTIFUL BAD looks into the past, tracing the history of married couple Maddie and Ian, and into the future, building to a day known only as “The Day of the Killing,” when this family will be altered forever. Vividly and authentically told, BEAUTIFUL BAD rings true on so many levels, and I was fascinated to learn more about the highly personal inspiration behind this exceptional story—and in this Q&A, you can learn all about it, too. Many thanks to Annie Ward for taking the time to answer my questions, and to her publisher for facilitating this Q&A! Read on for more information about BEAUTIFUL BAD, an excerpt from my review of the book, and my conversation with Annie.
Appropriately billed as “Mr. And Mrs. Smith meets Dexter,” Samantha Downing’s deliciously dark debut crime novel MY LOVELY WIFE follows a married couple with a unique way of keeping the spark alive… serial murder. That’s right, this book centers around a pair of ordinary suburban spouses whose date nights involve death. Sound over the top? It is, but in the best possible way. In MY LOVELY WIFE, Downing pushes the domestic suspense novel to its limits—and the result is a hugely entertaining, seriously sinister suspense read. Let’s be clear: this book has a wild, larger-than-life premise - and it’s one that, frankly, could go wrong in less capable hands. But rest assured, Downing gets it very right. MY LOVELY WIFE is wicked fun to read; readers looking for a suspense novel with plenty of entertainment value that doesn’t take itself too seriously will be hooked on Downing’s razor-sharp debut. As for me, it had been a long time since I read a book that was this fun to devour, and I’m already eagerly anticipating what Downing will do next.