Category Archives: novels in translation

“The Second Woman” by Louise Mey – Book Review

“She wants to forget this day. That’s allowed. She does that sometimes, some days don’t count.” Sandrine is a legal secretary. She is bright, but very much a loner. She has zero self-esteem, and is severely emotionally damaged from her … Continue reading

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“Sleepless” by Romy Hausmann – Book Review

“Damaged people damage other people.” Nelly Schütt – was brought up in her parent’s inn. She works the reception desk and longs for a ‘bigger’ life. She begins to have an affair with one of the hotel’s regular customers, Paul. … Continue reading

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“The Woman On The Stairs” by Bernhard Schlink – Book Review

One upon a time there was a wealthy man named Peter Gundlach who had a beautiful wife named Irene. He commissioned artist Karl Schwind to paint her portrait. Irene took a liking to the artist and left her husband for … Continue reading

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“Smoke Screen” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

translated from the Norwegian by Megan Turney This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the second to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a twenty year veteran of the Oslo police. Shortly after his career … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesday – May 4, 2021 #NewBook #TeaserTuesday #bookbloggers

I want to start a new Tuesday post where I’ll ‘tease‘ you with the cover, blurb, and first paragraph of one of the advanced reader’s copies from my own TBR. This one is a title I downloaded from NetGalley. I’m … Continue reading

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“Double Deceit” by Julienne Brouwers – Book Review

The premise is intriguing. Jennifer Smits and her husband Oliver have gone away for the weekend for a break in attempts to heal the rifts in their marriage. However, Oliver goes for a walk after a row, and then is … Continue reading

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“The Butterfly House” by Katrine Engberg – Book Review

“Lies tend to settle over the heart like plastic wrap. They make it hard for the love to breathe.” The fountains of Copenhagen are holding more than just water. Dead bodies are being dumped in fountains throughout the city. The … Continue reading

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“The Seven Doors” by Agnes Ravatn – Book Review

Way back in January of 2017 I read this author’s debut novel, “The Bird Tribunal” and it turned out to be my favourite book of the year! Ever since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting her next work. It was worth … Continue reading

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“Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann – Book Review

“Things got really terribly out of hand”. Lena Beck – Thirteen years ago Lena was abducted. Over that time she has been kept in a remote cabin situated on the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. The cabin has no running … Continue reading

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“Death Deserved” by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst – Book Review

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, … translated from the Norwegian by Anne Bruce This police procedural, set in Oslo, Norway, is the first to feature policeman Alexander Blix and blogger/journalist Emma Ramm. Blix is a … Continue reading

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“The Creak on the Stairs” by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

The Creak on the Stairs is the first in the electrifying FORBIDDEN ICELAND series The Icelandic Police team of criminal investigators include: Hörður Höskuldsson – leader of the Akranes Criminal Investigation Division. With many local connections, he is in charge … Continue reading

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“The Tenant” by Katrine Engberg – Book Review

Esther de Laurenti is a newly retired academic living in the house where she grew up. She lives on the top floor and rents out the three lower floors.  She fancies herself a novelist and is working on a murder … Continue reading

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“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn – #BookReview #Orentober

I thought I’d repost a review from 2017 in honour of Orentober. What is Orentober you ask? It is the October celebration of the books and authors represented by Orenda Publishing. “The Bird Tribunal” was my favourite read of 2017 … Continue reading

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“Block 46” by Johana Gustawsson – Book Review

“Outstanding, devastating, and memorable crime fiction” Originally written in French, it is brilliantly and seamlessly translated by Maxim Jakubowski.  The blurb: In Falkenberg Sweden, the mutilated body of a talented young jewelry designer Linnéa Blix is found in a snow-swept … Continue reading

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“Get Well Soon” by Marie-Sabine Roger – Book Review

A few years ago I read a little novel called “Soft in the head“. It left such a positive impression that I just HAD to read another work by this talented author.  Once again, she has left me wanting more. … Continue reading

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