Meet Tove Alsterdahl

Tove Alsterdal, welcome to TheCrimeHouse! How did your writing career start? With an idea that was so good I had to write it. I was a freelance journalist writing drama, and I first imagined the story as a movie, but … Continue reading

Norwegian Noir

    Norwegian crime writer Torkil Damhaug has really outdone himself with his novel A Fifth Season (En femte årstid). While I recognize Damhaug’s special storytelling techniques this novel differs from his earlier ones. It is rawer and horror takes … Continue reading

Writing with a Partner

The Importance of Communication Today at Crimetime Gotland 2016 there are several seminars with author conversations. The most interesting this morning was an event with Michael Hjort & Hans Rosenfeldt and Cilla & Rolf Börjlind. They discussed what it’s like … Continue reading

Crimetime Gotland 2016 Has Started

Crimetime Gotland 2016, Sweden’s new Crime Writing Festival has started. My first seminar is their Writing School. We are a happy gang of aspiring crime writers who have sharpened our pencils (…or rather turned on our laptops) to note everything … Continue reading

The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s play The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play. 64 years! It is a clever murder mystery for us who love whodunits. The story takes place in a newly opened hotel in an old house in the countryside … Continue reading

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

This is a feel-good mystery for us who like leisurely rhythm and everyday life more than bloody terror. I believe this is the first time I have read a detective story where the victim dies from a fit of giggles! … Continue reading

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

The novel is a story that contains a murder, but the solution of the murder mystery is not what captivates. Amanda, a nasty lady meddling in other people’s dirty laundry, has been murdered, killed with a blunt object… The Main … Continue reading