Category Archives: Norway

Out of step on THE BIRD TRIBUNAL by Agnes Ravatn

I’m quite used to having a dissenting opinion about a popular or much-praised book but in the case of THE BIRD TRIBUNAL by Agnes Ravatn I seem to be a completely lonesome voice. Whether on Good Reads or Amazon or blogs … Continue reading

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Review: THE CATALYST KILLING by Hans Olav Lahlum

For the third instalment of what has become a favourite historical crime series for me we move out of the 60’s and into 1970. The book opens with one of the series’ heroes, Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen or K2 as he’s referred to … Continue reading

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Review: HELL FIRE by Karin Fossum

Karin Fossum has never seemed much interested in crime itself and rarely dwells on the details of the horrible things that have befallen the many victims 12 police procedurals demand. Instead she focuses on the circumstances that enable crime to … Continue reading

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Review: THE CAVEMAN by Jørn Lier Horst

THE CAVEMAN opens with the discovery of Viggo Hansen’s body in his Norwegian home. Although it seems the man died of natural causes, so police involvement is minimal, the fact that the body lay undiscovered for four months troubles Inspector William Wisting who … Continue reading

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Review: THE DROWNED BOY by Karin Fossum

I’m slowly realising that Karin Fossum has sneakily become one of my very favourite authors. For though her books are not showy and do not set, or even follow, trends in the genre each one of the half-dozen I have … Continue reading

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Review: SATELLITE PEOPLE by Hans Olav Lahlum

In Oslo in 1969 a wealthy business man rings Kolbjørn Kristiansen, the police inspector made locally famous after a tough investigation the previous year, to report he is in fear for his life. Before the two can meet to discuss the … Continue reading

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Review: THE HUNTING DOGS by Jorn Lier Horst

The third novel (which has been translated into English) to feature senior Norwegian policeman William Wisting is, at least on one level, a standard procedural novel with two murder investigations playing out. The first of these is a high-profile murder … Continue reading

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Musings: NORWEGIAN BY NIGHT by Derek B. Miller

Ditto. As I’m very late to the party reading this beautiful book I don’t need to say much more than that. I’m sure you’ve all read at least a half-dozen glowing reviews of it (and if you haven’t, check out … Continue reading

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Review: THE MURDER OF HARRIET KROHN by Karin Fossum

If I’d been paying attention I probably wouldn’t have downloaded this particular book even though I’m a huge fan of Karin Fossum’s because stories told from the perspective of the killer are not one of my favourite things. But I … Continue reading

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Review: CLOSED FOR WINTER by Jorn Lier Horst

CLOSED FOR WINTER opens with a dead body being discovered in the summer cottage of a famous TV presenter. When Police Inspector William Wisting attends the site he is attached and his car stolen. With the corpse being…lost…before an identification can be … Continue reading

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