Let the Games Begin

The Olympic Summer Games begins in London next week. The Olympic flag with its five interlaced rings represent five continents of the world, and we have selected five crime novels/movies/writers to represent them. Which would you select?

When you are not watching sports we definitely encourage you to explore the world of crime fiction :)


Deon Meyer is a South African author, writing in Afrikaans. His books have been translated into 25 languages.

After reading his novel Dead at Daybreak, Sara said that she would definitely read his other books.


You may have guessed that we would pick a Hollywood movie to represent the Americas. David Fincher directed the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but his breakout performance was the movie Se7en where Detective Mills (Brad Pitt) and Detective Somerset (Morgan Freeman) search for the killer.

John even said that he thinks Se7en deserves honorary status in the “Deckare” genre (“deckare” is the Swedish word for crime fiction).


The Asian crime novels have been few and far between on this site (so far), but Sara decided to do something about it and the first novel she read was Death of a Red Heroine by Qui Xiaolong.

She appreciates all the things the author includes to show his love for the culture, such as food references, quotes, and poems.


Founded in Sweden, TheCrimeHouse has reviewed more than its fair share of Swedish and Scandinavian crime novels and interviewed many authors (just browse around our website and you will see).

I had the pleasure of meeting the Swedish author Camilla Läckberg during her book tour in the U.S. last year, and she is currently one of our most successful crime writing exports.


Oceania is represented by the Australian TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

Miss Fisher reminds Joachim of Miss Marple, that is if Miss Marple had been a lot younger, and more into girl power.

Who can resist a good murder mystery?


  1. Joachim