Category Archives: Fred Vargas

Women in Translation 2017

I learned via Mrs Peabody’s excellent blog that August is being celebrated as Women in Translation month. This is in an attempt to address the fact that only about a quarter of the world’s literature that is translated into English … Continue reading

Posted in Asa Larsson, Camilla Lackberg, Claudia Pineiro, Fred Vargas, Karin Alvtegen, Karin Fossum, Kati Hiekkapelto, list, Liza Marklund, Teresa Solana, Yrsa Sigurdardottir | Tagged | 2 Comments

Putting the mockers on (or thoughts on the CWA International Dagger Award 2011)

Friday night (well Saturday morning my time) at the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate the winner of the CWA International Dagger award for 2011 will be announced. Of the seven shortlisted novels I have read six (but … Continue reading

Posted in Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, Andrea Camilleri, Domingo Villar, Ernesto Mallo, Fred Vargas, musings, Valerio Varesi | 7 Comments

An Uncertain Review of Fred Vargas

I’m really not the right person to be reviewing Fred Vargas’ work, so don’t expect a rating at the end of this post. I read and enjoyed her standalone novel (The Three Evangelists) as a one-off oddity rather than as … Continue reading

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Crime Fiction Alphabet: F is for France

Given that Paris is the location for what is (arguably) the world’s first detective story I thought France would be a suitable topic for this week’s contribution to the Crime Fiction Alphabet. I’ve chosen a mixture of books by French … Continue reading

Posted in Cara Black, Crime Fiction Alphabet, Dominique Manotti, Edgar Allan Poe, France, Fred Vargas, Georges Simenon, J Robert Jane, Jean-Patrick Machette, John Dickson Carr, list, Martin Walker, Quinn Fawcett, Tonino Benacqusita, Xavier-Marie Bonnot | 12 Comments

Sunday Salon: What to read first (a revised Dartmoor Dozen)

Last week I wrote about being unable to meet Uriah Robinson’s challenge of putting together a list of books in these categories as a reading list for someone new to this genre. I was told by more than one person … Continue reading

Posted in Arthur Conan Doyle, Asa Larsson, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Peters, Fred Vargas, Helen Fitzgerald (Aus), Ian Sansom, Kathryn Fox (Aus), list, memes and challenges, Michael Crichton, Ngaio Marsh, Peter Temple (Aus) | 8 Comments

Review: The Three Evangelists by Fred Vargas

Title: The Three Evangelists Author: Fred Vargas Publisher: Harvill Secker [originally published 1995, this translation 2006] ISBN: 978-1-84343-089-6 One morning an ageing ex Opera singer, Sophia Simeonidis, notices a tree planted in her garden and becomes obsessed with how it … Continue reading

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