Scandinavian

I became ‘addicted’ to Scandinavian detective novels in the 1990s, and have gradually developed this from being a dilettante into something more serious. I read all in English translation. My first impetus was when I was staying “pri Užniku” in Sele, when Monika Olip (my thanks to her: Buhonaj!) recommended Henning Mankell to me.

I have now read over 50 different authors from (alphabetically) Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden — in some cases, out of a sense of obligation: I think I owe this to my (few) readers, since I have undertaken to write comments and short reviews of most of them, and even (pretentiously) give them “grades”. I rely almost exclusively on the Edmonton Public Library system, which has extensive holdings in fiction and has a very reliable system of making reservations.

I have four “pages”:

My Criteria for inclusion;

A List of authors, both those assessed and those not considered, and the “grades” that I have assigned;

My Comments and Short Reviews; and

A Log of the months and years since 2015 when I wrote my comments, so that repeat readers of these pages can ‘keep up’. Those written before 2016 are undated.

I also read crime novels set outside Scandinavia, see “Crime Novels / Other”.