Cold Steal

25 February 2014

 It’s finally done. The edits are finished now that the eagle-eyed copyeditor has done her thing, the cover has been made up and it’s ready to go. Cold Steal is published on the 1st of April by C&R Crime.








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The Price of Fish

15 February 2014

 It’s forty years ago this month that the Gaul disappeared and the controversy over what happened to the ship and its 36 crew still isn’t over. {Read more about: The Price of Fish}

2013 in books

9 January 2014

 It was a pretty busy year. It didn’t feel like there was a lot of spare time. I keep fretting to myself that I don’t have enough time to read books, and having seen a slew of ‘Best of…’ blogs for 2013, I thought I’d do a rough count and see how good 2013 was as a reading year.




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The Shape of Things To Come

31 December 2013

As it’s a new year, and to celebrate the continued rise of Nordic crime fiction, here’s a sneak preview of the latest Scandinavian sensation you haven’t heard about yet, the first chapter of the trilogy in four (or maybe five) parts of reclusive author Jan-Holger Sildquist’s Surströmming series. Until recently a little-known writer, Sildquist spent his early years in north Bråland where he came from a family of radical artisanal herring smokers. {Read more about: The Shape of Things To Come}

Chasing the elusive Lights, and Iceland Noir

4 December 2013

‘A crime festival in Reykjavík in November 2014? Good idea.’

‘Er, no… this year,’ we replied to a few disbelieving stares.

It’s an Icelandic thing. In Iceland things tend to happen fast or not at all. Sometimes it doesn’t work, often it comes off beautifully.

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Iceland Noir, early morning status update...

24 November 2013

 It’s the unholy hour of nine on a Sunday morning, it’s still night outside as far as I can see and I’m wondering why the hell I’m awake this early. Iceland Noir went with a bang yesterday and most of us up and about well past our usual bedtimes. {Read more about: Iceland Noir, early morning status update...}

Iceland Noir

16 September 2013

 Like many of the best ideas, it was born over a curry and there was beer involved as well.





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12 June 2013

 It has been a labour of love, a 25-year labour of love.

Many years ago I sat on the schoolbench at navigation college in Iceland, along with a bunch of other aspiring ship’s officers. The curriculum was broad, to say the least. As well as navigation, chartwork, stability, maritime law, meteorology and all the rest of it, English and Icelandic were required subjects. So was Danish, but we’ll gloss over that.

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All Over Bar the Tweeting

3 June 2013

 That’s CrimeFest over for this year. In fact, although I signed up in time to get to sit on a panel, I felt a complete fraud.




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A Fucked Up LIfe In Books

20 May 2013

 It's a name that catches your eye. It seems like a long time ago I was trawling the recesses of Twitter. This was a while after Frozen Out had been published and I’d been told that Twitter was the place to be, so I was following anyone who looked even slightly interesting. {Read more about: A Fucked Up LIfe In Books}

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