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Euro Crime's Top 2010 reads

2010's Euro Crime contributors: Pat Austin, Maxine Clarke, Amanda Gillies, Terry Halligan, Geoff Jones, Laura Root, Karen Meek, Michelle Peckham and Norman Price reveal their top European crime reads of that year (links are to the reviewer's own review of that title). NB. I have preserved the order that the lists were sent to me, assuming that if they are not in alphabetical order that they are a ranked list.

A summary of the lists in terms of favourite titles, authors and translators can be found here on the blog.

Pat Austin

  • Elly Griffiths - The Janus Stone
  • Laurie R King - The Langage of Bees
  • R J Ellory - Saints of New York
  • Caro Ramsay - Dark Water
  • Pat McIntosh - The Merchant's Mark

    Maxine Clarke

  • Elly Griffiths - The Crossing Places
  • Simon Lelic - A Thousand Cuts (aka Rupture)
  • Liza Marklund - Red Wolf (tr. Neil Smith)
  • Domingo Villar - Water-Blue Eyes tr. Martin Schifino
  • Laura Wilson - A Capital Crime

    Runners-Up: Kishwar Desai - Witness the Night and Alan Glynn - Winterland

    Amanda Gillies

  • Glenn Cooper - The Tenth Chamber
  • F G Cottam - The Waiting Room
  • Sarah Rayne - House of the Lost
  • Craig Robertson - Random
  • Leigh Russell - Road Closed

    "My criteria for enjoying books include not only a storyline that is somewhat unusual but also good use of grammar and vocabulary. If a book is too much of an easy read I get bored very quickly! I also particularly love books with a supernatural twist and/or something historical - often, but not limited to, a Biblical theme. My "Top 5" for this year was not easy to choose as I have far more favourites than these. However, they all fit very well with most, if not all, of my criteria and I loved reading every single one of them.

    Terry Halligan

    a)English Language Origin:
  • Glenn Meade - Snow Wolf
    Fascinating plot to kill Stalin in 50s Russia
  • Iain Pears - Stone's Fall
    Intriguing history of a billionaire who apparently killed himself.
  • James Forrester - Sacred Treason
    Impressive new historical mystery fiction from the pen of Professor of history
  • Patrick Marrinan - Degrees of Guilt
    Exciting new legal thriller involving Dublin murder of a Russian emigrant
  • Michael Arnold - Traitor's Blood
    The Sharpe Of The English Civil War in his first adventure

    b)Translated into English:
  • Henning Mankell - Faceless Killers (tr. Steven T Murray)
    The first of the acclaimed Wallander novels. Dealing with immigration and racial hatred,set in January 1990.
  • Jo Nesbo - The Reedemer (tr. Don Bartlett)
    Cracking detective story of a hunt for an assassin of the Salvation Army set in the bitter cold of Oslo.
  • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (tr. Reg Keeland)
    The ultimate Millennium Trilogy book, where we discover more about enigmatic heroine Lisbeth Salander.
  • Gianrico Carofiglio - A Walk in the Dark (tr. Howard Curtis)
    An Italian Court Drama, where no one apparently wants to give evidence. against the brutish son of a powerful local judge.
  • Fabrice Bourland - The Baker Street Phantom (tr. Morag Young)
    An interesting blend of fantasy and crime in this mystery set in 1932.

    Geoff Jones

  • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Played With Fire (tr. Reg Keeland)
  • Karen Campbell - After the Fire
  • Jo Nesbo - The Redeemer (tr. Don Bartlett)
  • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (tr. Reg Keeland)
  • Robert Goddard - Long Time Coming

    Laura Root

  • Zygmunt Miloszewski - Entanglement (tr. Antonia Lloyd-Jones)
  • Belinda Bauer - Blacklands
  • Mari Strachan - The Earth Hums in B-Flat
  • Philip Kerr - Field Grey
  • Andrea Camilleri - The Wings of the Sphinx (tr. Stephen Sartarelli)

    Karen Meek

  • Tonino Benacquista _ Badfellas(tr. Emily Read)
  • Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia (tr. Victoria Cribb)
  • Stieg Larsson - The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (tr. Reg Keeland)
  • Yrsa Sigurdardottir - My Soul to Take (tr. Bernard Scudder and Anna Yates)
  • Johan Theorin - The Darkest Room (tr. Marlaine Delargy)

    Runner-up: Marek Krajewski's Phantoms of Breslau

    Michelle Peckham

  • Jo Nesbo - The Leopard (tr. Don Bartlett)
  • Asa Larsson - The Savage Altar (tr. Marlaine Delargy)
  • Fred Vargas - The Chalk Circle Man (tr. Sian Reynolds)
  • Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Roseanna (tr. Lois Roth?)
  • Karen Campbell - Shadow Play

    Norman Price

  • Arnaldur Indridason - Hypothermia (tr. Victoria Cribb)
    A gripping detective story as the introspective Erlendur tries to solve an apparent suicide and two disappearances in the past.
  • Roslund-Hellstrom - Three Seconds (tr. Kari Dickson)
    An exciting thriller involving corruption, the Polish mafia, drugs and a prison break.
  • Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - Murder at the Savoy (tr. Joan Tate)
    A forty year old police procedural still as good today as when it was written.
  • Jo Nesbo - The Snowman (tr. Don Bartlett)
    Harry Hole's search for a serial killer with the usual twists and turns that are Jo Nesbo's trademark.
  • Leif Davidsen - The Woman from Bratislava (tr. Barbara J Haveland)
    A sharp political thriller that draws on the Danish experience of occupation and collaboration, and connects it to the Cold War and conflict in the Balkans.

    Runners-up: Liza Marklund - Red Wolf (tr. Neil Smith) and Karin Fossum - Bad Intentions (tr. Charlotte Barslund)

    January 2011

    last updated 6/01/2012 11:25