Category Archives: Novels in translation

“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed.  She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future.  She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. … Continue reading

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“The Trap” by Melanie Raabe

Winner of the prestigious Stuttgart Crime Prize for best crime debut of the year, “The Trap” has been called a ‘must-read’ debut thriller. The premise is intriguing.  A reclusive novelist, traumatized by her sister’s murder, sets an elaborate trap for the murderer. … Continue reading

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“Soft in the head” by Marie-Sabine Roger

This is the engaging story of two people who come together in friendship, kindness, affection, and appreciation. A remarkable and heart-rending novel that perfectly illustrates the quote: “Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.” The first lines of “Soft in … Continue reading

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“The murder of Halland” by Pia Juul

What a clever, enigmatic, and disorientating book! Bess is a writer.  A grieving, eccentric, bizarre writer who drinks more than she writes. Her husband Halland has been shot. The story is told solely from Bess’s point of view.  Since she … Continue reading

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“Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre

Alex Prévost is a beautiful woman – a thirty year-old agency nurse who tries to do good. A beautiful woman who has been abducted for reasons at first unknown, and she is the victim of inhumane torture at the hands of her abductor.  Your … Continue reading

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“Like Family” by Paolo Giordano

This story is scarcely more than novella length and so skillfully written that I can only guess it loses nothing in its translation from the original Italian. A young, dual-career couple living in Turin, Italy are expecting their first child.  When the … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Girls” by Sara Blaedel

An intense, dark, and often disturbing novel, “The Forgotten Girls” is a great example of ‘Nordic Noir‘.  Originally published in Danish, and set in Zealand, Denmark, this police procedural had me enthralled from the get go. The novel features Lousie Rick, … Continue reading

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