The 2019 Petrona Award Shortlist was announced yesterday. You can read all details at The Petrona Award website. I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to read them all before the 11th of May, when the winning title will be announced. However, I will interrupt my reading plan to read next BIG SISTER by Gunnar Staalesen, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway) and THE DARKNESS by Ragnar Jónasson, tr. Victoria Cribb (Penguin Random House; Iceland). I’m also much interested in reading THE WHISPERER by Karin Fossum, tr. Kari Dickson (Harvill Secker; Norway) and RESIN by Ane Riel, tr. Charlotte Barslund (Doubleday; Denmark). And, last but not least, I look forward to reading THE ICE SWIMMER by Kjell Ola Dahl, tr. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway) and THE KATHARINA CODE by Jørn Lier Horst, tr. Anne Bruce (Michael Joseph; Norway). Stay tuned.
The Petrona Award was 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.
Her memory will always remain with us.