French Crime Novel with a Philosophical Touch

Fred Vargas Fred Vargas is a pseudonym for a very popular female French author. The Chalk Circle Man is the first novel in the series about Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg and it received the International Dagger Award in 2009. Vargas is … Continue reading

The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Best Danish Crime Writer In my opinion there is no doubt who is the king of crime writing in Denmark. I always look forward to every new novel in Jussi-Adler Olsen’s series about Department Q as much as a … Continue reading

Todesurteil (Death Sentence)

Austrian Crime Novel I visited Vienna fairly recently and just had to check out local crime novels written in German. I found Todesurteil by Austrian Andreas Gruber. A long, long time ago I worked as an au-pair in Austria and … Continue reading

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Young Talented Author This novel has been a success around the world. When I had finished the novel I saw a photo of the author Joël Dicker on the back cover. Dicker is a young Swiss man born 1985 (!) … Continue reading

Interview with Christoffer Carlsson

  Note: This is a shortened version of the interview published on Deckarhuset (in Swedish). Christoffer, welcome to TheCrimeHouse! In one sentence – How would you describe your crime novels for someone who has never heard of you? Wow, difficult. … Continue reading

The Yard by Alex Grecian

The Yard is Alex Grecian’s first historical crime novel. The novel takes place in London in 1889, soon after Jack the Ripper stopped killing prostitutes. The Ripper is not part of the story but he lingers a collective consciousness among … Continue reading

A Taste of Crime: English Crumpets

I love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes. I had intended to start with Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham, but I have not decided what to make yet, so I will have to get back to that. Instead … Continue reading