Category Archives: Johan Theorin

Review: The Quarry by Johan Theorin

The Quarry is the third of Johan Theorin’s quartet of seasonal novels set on the Swedish island of Öland. It is the beginning of spring now and 83 year-old retired sea captain Gerlof Davidsson has decided to leave the senior … Continue reading

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It’s a wrap on the Scandinavian Reading Challenge

The third reading challenge I have completed this year (or ever for that matter) is the brainchild of the delightful Amy from The Black Sheep Dances who proposed that participants read 6 books from the region that bought us Lego, … Continue reading

Posted in Arnaldur Indriðason, Hakan Nesser, James Thompson, Jo Nesbø, Johan Theorin, Leif Davidsen, list, memes and challenges, Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 | 12 Comments

How do you say congratulations in Swedish?

By now everyone who cares is undoubtedly well aware that while I was sleeping on Friday night Johan Theorin’s The Darkest Room was awarded the 2010 UK Crime Writer’s Association’s International Dagger Award for crime fiction translated into English. My heartfelt congratulations … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

…I’ve no idea. The only thing that can be virtually guaranteed is that my personal selection for best of the shortlisted novels for the UK Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award for translated crime fiction will not be the one … Continue reading

Posted in Andrea Camilleri, Arnaldur Indriðason, Deon Meyer, Johan Theorin, Stieg Larsson, Tonino Benacqusita | 12 Comments

Halfway Down the Stairs

OK the title really doesn’t have any relevance as this is a post about being half way through the reading year and reflecting on my favourite books so far. But I never think of the word halfway without remembering my favourite … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – June 2010

That Was Then I only finished 11 books in June and formally consigned one to the DNF pile. It’s hard to pick my favourite book for the month as both Blacklands by Belinda Bauer and The Darkest Room by Johan … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian Hyland (Aus), Andrea Camilleri, Bateman, Belinda Bauer, books of the month, Deon Meyer, Elly Griffiths, Johan Theorin, John Hart, Leah Giarratano (Aus), Linda Castillo, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rob Kitchin, Stuart Neville | 13 Comments

Review: The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin

Johan Theorin’s first book was one of my top ten reads of last year so I didn’t need much incentive to settle down with his second novel, though being able to count it towards my 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge obligation … Continue reading

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Books of the Month – May 2010

That was then I finished 15 books in May and, thankfully, had no DNFs (though I might have done had I not been too warm and lazy to get out bed and find a book other than this one). Only … Continue reading

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2009 – The Favourites

I don’t rely entirely on my ratings for including a book into my favourite reads of the year. There’s also an indefinable ‘something-about-it-stuck-in-my-head-long-after-finishing’ quality that comes into play and that element is unknown when I give my rating (which I … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian Hyland (Aus), books of the year, Colin Cotterill, Denise Mina, Johan Theorin, Karin Alvtegen, list, Malla Nunn (Aus), Matt Beynon Rees, Reginald Hill, Stieg Larsson, Tom Rob Smith | 7 Comments

Review: Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin

Title: Echoes from the Dead Author: Johan Theorin Publisher: Delta Trade Paperbacks [2008] ISBN: 978-0-385-34221-6 In the early 1970’s a young boy named Jens disappeared on a remote island in Sweden. Twenty years later his mother, Julia, and his grandfather, … Continue reading

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