Introducing The Petrona, A New Annual Award For Scandinavian Crime Fiction

I just find out today from Karen at Euro Crime that the following press release has been circulated:

The Petrona Award has been established to celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers and bloggers, who died in December 2012. Maxine, whose online persona and blog was called Petrona, was passionate about translated crime fiction but in particular that from the Scandinavian countries. (

Although I did not had the chance to meet her in person, I will always considered a privilege to have met her, at least, online.

The shortlist for the 2013 award, based on Maxine’s reviews and ratings, is:

Like Norman at Crime Scraps Review, I ,also, think I know which of the four shortlisted books Maxine would have chosen to receive this award. I wonder if the judges will agree with me?

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