A Christmas Greeting: Anders de la Motte

Christmas Greeting

Award-winning Swedish crime writer Anders de la Motte, a former police officer, sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

The Axman by Ray Celestin. New Orleans 1919. The mafia’s childhood, corrupt cops, private investigators, and a brutal letter-writing serial killer, everything in a dense, icky, award-winning crime novel based on a true story that you simply cannot put down. What’s not to like?

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate Christmas and New Years in New York with my family and a few friends. Christmas Americana extra everything. I really look forward to it!

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

That more people would read books. To read fiction does not only develop your language but also your empathy and the ability to imagine other people’s situations. That if anything feels particularly important these days. Personally I am very excited for the new edition of the Game-trilogy which will be published in Sweden in March, where I have written a preface and revealed some Easter eggs that I have built into the stories. At the same time it almost feels a little eerie how current the series still is and how many of the Internet-phenomena I fantasized about later would come true.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Anders de la Motte

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Jenny Rogneby

Christmas Greeting

Swedish crime writer and criminologist Jenny Rogneby sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

I am reading the Nobel Prize Winner Kazou Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” right now, that is my recommendation.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate in Barcelona, Spain.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

Can I have several? That I and my loved ones are healthy, and everyone else too when I think about it. That all people stand up, speak up and do not accept it when other people are treated poorly. And that I can do fifty pushups in a row.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Jenny Rogneby

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Hanna Lindberg

Christmas Greeting

Swedish thriller author Hanna Lindberg sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions. She has written the thrillers STOCKHOLM Confidential, and STOCKHOLM Grotesque.

What is your best book recommendation?

Caroline Kepnes’s excellent debut thriller You and the sequel Hidden Bodies. Contemporary suspense with dark humor. Pernilla Ericson’s thriller series is also a gem.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

At home with my family. Smorgasbord with a lot of Finnish delicacies like Karelian pirogues and rutabaga casserole.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

That #metoo really changes things for the better and that I deliver a fabulous manuscript for my third novel – on time!

Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Hanna Lindberg

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Dag Öhrlund

Christmas GreetingSwedish author, journalist and photographer Dag Öhrlund sends a Christmas greeting, photos and answers a few questions. He has been writing crime novels together with Dan Buthler since 2007.

What is your best book recommendation?

All Lee Child’s novels about the hero Jack Reacher.

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How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate as usual with my family under a palm tree on Florida’s west coast and on my beloved motorcycle.

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Do you have a New Year’s wish for 2018?

Good health for all and respect between people.

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Merry Christmas

Best wishes from Dag Öhrlund

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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It is December and the holiday season is here and everything that goes with it. It can be absolutely wonderful! But it can also be stressful…gifts to buy, events to plan, a lot of things to wrap up at work before the end of the year and then you should preferably spend a lot of time with family and friends as well. To find time to wind down and just enjoy the season can be difficult.

Handling Holiday Stress

My best advice for handling holiday stress is to make sure you get at least one evening to yourself in December. I usually relax in a bath with a TV series on the tablet, or stay on the couch with a blanket and a book. If that is not feasible you can listen to an audiobook while you are doing chores. Reading is a bit unsocial, so as an alternative you find a crime fiction movie/series that you can watch with your family, e.g. the classic movie “Home Alone”. Holiday feeling deluxe as well as criminals to be caught.

A few books to get into the holiday spirit

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Murder and Almond Scent by Camilla Läckberg

The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P.D. James

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay

Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries by Martin Edwards

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Gift Ideas for Sherlock Holmes Fans

The holidays are just around the corner and here are a few gifts that we think any Sherlock Holmes fan would be happy to receive.

Literary Candle

Literary Candle

 

Close your eyes and the smell of this candle will take you to Sherlock’s house at 221B Baker Street. (uncommongoods, $16)

Literary Glass

Literary GlassPour yourself a glass of your favorite drink in this literary glass with text from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. (uncommongoods, $14)

Book Scarf

ScarfWrap yourself in the stylish pages of The Hound of the Baskervilles. (Storiarts, $48)

Book Purse

PursePut your wallet and keys in this leather bound classic book, which has been turned into a book cover handbag. (Etsy, $60)

Book Page Bracelet

BraceletShow off the recycled book pages with this Sherlock themed bracelet. (Etsy, $30)

The Dying Game by Åsa Avdic

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I’m usually not a fan of the type of books that can be described as Hunger Games for adults, but there was something about this one that caught my eye.

Locked-Room Mystery

The year is 2037 and it is a dystopia where the Berlin Wall never fell. Åsa Avdic stays pretty close to the present (no weird clothes, or to “spacey”), but it is still pretty foreign and uncomfortable.

The main character Anna Francis is a skilled bureaucrat, but she’s not so good with people, and she gets burned out after having worked in a warzone. She is anything but stable and her career is in pieces after a horrible mistake, but despite that she gets an assignment from “The Great Leader.” She will participate in a human experiment on an isolated island and she will act as a secret observer. Seven people are brought to a remote island to compete in a test for an intelligence position. In contrast to the future the author throws us in to a version of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”…

Dystopian Future

Åsa creates an unpleasant atmosphere, a future scenario, which in the moment doesn’t feel impossible (and therefore even scarier), uses a fantastic language, combined with a skillfully created plot. Good debut novel!

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