The Alphabet in Crime Fiction: T is for Theorin, Johan Theorin

This week the Crime Fiction Alphabet arrives to letter “T”. My T is for Theorin, Johan Theorin.

Unfortunately my computer went out of order and I’m in the process of buying a new one. Hope to sort this out pretty soon. In the meantime I do not want to miss my weekly appointment with Kerrie’s meme. You can find more details about Johan Theorin at the official UK website of Johan Theorin HERE. You can see my review of The Darkest Room HERE, and I’m reading Echoes of the Dead. Stay tuned.

Spanish readers click HERE for additional information

The Alphabet in Crime Fiction, S is for Solana, Teresa Solana

The Crime Fiction Alphabet is a community meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. You can click HERE to see this week contribution of other fellow participants.

My “S” is for Solana. Teresa Solana has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona where she also studied Classics. A translator from French and English, she directed the Spanish National Translators’ Centre in Tarazona for seven years. In 2006 she decided to publish her first novel, Un crim imperfecte (Edicions 62), A Not So Perfect Crime (Bitter Lemon, 2008) that was awarded the “Brigada 21” Prize. This was followed by Drecera al Paradis (Edicions 62, 2007), and a book of short stories, Seven Cases of Blood & Guts & a Love Story (Edicions 62, 2010). Her work is translated into French, German, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish as well as English.  Her last novel, Negres tempestes (La Magrana, 2010) won the “Crims de Tinta” Prize for the best crime novel written in Catalan. A Shortcut to Paradise (Bitter Lemon, 2011) will be published in March and Teresa will participate in the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival in New York.

(The information above was taken from Words without Borders. You can find my review of A Shortcut to Paradise HERE. I have just finished reading A Not So Perfect Crime. My review will be coming soon.

Who will win the CWA Daggers?

From the Crime Writers’ Association Homepage

Friday 20 May: The Crime Writers’ Association this evening announced the shortlists for a number of this year’s Daggers. In total there are 36 names on the five shortlists: too many to list here but you can find them all on the pages devoted to the individual CWA Daggers HERE.

For the 2011 CWA International Dagger Shortlist, click HERE. My congratulations to them all. I’m particularly glad for Domingo Villar (Death on a Galician Shore) and for Ernesto Mallo (Needle in a Haystack) to be included in the shortlist. The Game’s Afoot has reviewed 5 out of these 7 books. Plan to read the other two on time to make my predictions before the announcement of the winner is made at the CWA Daggers awards ceremony at the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate on Friday, 22 July.

The shortlist for the CWA Dagger in the Library is HERE. The six authors in contention this year are:

    • SJ Bolton (Bantam Press, Transworld)
    • RJ Ellory (Orion)
    • Jason Goodwin (Faber & Faber)
    • Mo Hayder (Bantam Press, Transworld)
    • Susan Hill (Vintage)
    • Philip Kerr (Quercus)

Have books by RJ Ellory and by Philip Kerr in my TBR list and by SJ Bolton in my wish list, but so far have not read any of them yet.