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Murder In A Cold Climate

Murder in a Cold ClimateThe British demand for and interest in all things to do with dark deeds in Scandinavia does not seem to be abating.

British murder doesn’t quite seem able to cut it these days and our attention is only truly grabbed when something bad has happened on the streets of Copenhagen or in the woods and fields around Ystad.

Those of us who have been glued to the latest series of “The Bridge” can’t seem to get enough of the washed out, gloomy nature of Scandinavian murder, our own washed out and gloomy country isn’t enough anymore.

For those of you who are new to the whole icy scene or are looking for fresh inspiration here are some suggestions:

1. Characteristics of Crime Fiction from Snowy Scandinavia by The Space
What is it with popular culture’s sudden fascination with Nordic crime fiction? And what is it about Scandinavian countries that make them the perfect settings for violence and mystery?

2. Barry Forshaw’s Top 10 Nordic Classics by Crime Fiction Lover
“Barry Forshaw is the UK’s leading expert on crime fiction. His books include Nordic Noir, British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction.”

“He spends a lot of time with the Scandinavians and has written three books on the Nordic noir genre.  Here’s his pick of 10 key books in this crime genre.”

3. A Cold Night’s Death: The Allure of Scandinavian Crime Fiction by The New York Public Library
“This is a selective guide to some notable authors and detective series from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and even some Nordic noir from Iceland, and what’s better, a guide to pronouncing their names correctly over cocktails.”

4. Scandinavian Crime Fiction in English Translation by Scandi Crime Project
This project is “intended to help armchair travellers on their journeys and gathers freshly translated fiction giving readers plenty to choose from.  Reading crime fiction can give the curious reader a feeling for Scandinavian culture, society, and landscapes.

Entries are arranged by country and when available, each entry includes biographical information about the author, titles translated into English, links to Worldcat records for Swedish, UK, and US publications, translator’s name, and a selection of reviews.”

5. No.1 With An Umlat by NY Magazine
“Scandinavian crime fiction is a massive iceberg of a genre, decades old, of which we have seen only the tip.”  Here’s a country by country guide that includes distinctive features, best of breed and the latest.

Anything you want to add?  Let us know in the comments below.


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