New Release: Crímenes que no olvidaré by Alicia Giménez Bartlettímenes que no olvidaré (Crimes I Won’t Forget) is the tenth instalment in the Petra Delicado series by Spanish crime writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett. According to Wikipedia the Petra Delicado novels have been published in various languages and are very popular in Germany and Italy. 

The list of books in the series are:

  • Ritos de muerte (Grijalbo-Mondadori, 1996) English title: Death Rites (Europa editions, 2008) my review is here.
  • Día de perros (Grijalbo-Mondadori, 1997) English title: Dog Day (Europa editions, 2006) my review is here.
  • Mensajeros de la oscuridad (Plaza & Janés, 1999) English title: Prime Time Suspect (Europa editions, 2007)
  • Muertos de papel (Plaza & Janés, 2000)
  • Serpientes en el paraíso (Planeta, 2002)
  • Un barco cargado de arroz (Planeta, 2004)
  • Nido vacío (Planeta, 2007)
  • El silencio de los claustros (Destino, 2009)
  • Nadie quiere saber (Destino, 2013)
  • Crímenes que no olvidaré (Destino, 2015)

See also Alicia Giménez Bartlett page at Europa Editions

Alicia Giménez Bartlett won the Pepe Carvalho Award for crime fiction in 2015. The Pepe Carvalho prize is named after the protagonist of the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s detective novels. Previous award winners include Francisco González Ledesma, Henning Mankell, P. D. James, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Andreu Martín, Petros Márkaris, Maj Sjöwall and Andrea Camilleri, not a bad company.

Alicia Giménez Bartlett receives the Pepe Carvalho Award

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011: G is for Giménez Bartlett, Alicia


Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión española desplazarse por la pantalla hacia abajo

The Alphabet in Crime Fiction Community Meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise arrives this week to letter "G". My G goes to Giménez Bartlett, Alicia.

Alicia Gimenez Bartlett was born in Almansa, Spain, in 1951 and has lived in Barcelona since 1975. After the enormous success of her first novels, she decided to leave her work as a teacher of Spanish literature, to dedicate herself full-time to writing. In 1997, she was awarded the Femenino Lumen prize for the best female writer in Spain. She subsequently launched her Petra Delicado series, quickly making her into one of Spain’s most popular and loved crime writers. (Taken from Europa editions).

Her last novel Donde Nadie Te Encuentre (Where Nobody Finds You) won the Nadal Prize 2011, Spain’s oldest literature award. The novel tells the story of Teresa Pla Meseguer (1917-2004), a female bandit who joined the resistance movement against Franco’s dictatorship (1939-75).

Petra Delicado series (available in English)

Other books in the Petra Delicado series, not available in English yet:

For additional information you may see my reviews of Death Rites and Dog Day

Alicia Gimenez-Bartlett: Crime and Purpose in Barcelona

The Spanish Female Detective: A Study of Petra Delicado and the Evolution of a Professional Sleuth (pdf.)

Alicia Giménez Bartlett webpage (In Spanish)

Mensajeros de la oscuridad (Messengers of Darkness) is sitting on my TBR shelves. Plan to read it soon. Stay tuned.

El Alfabeto del Crimen: G, por Giménez Bartlett, Alicia

El Alfabeto del Crimen  organizado por Kerrie en Mysteries in Paradise llega esta semana a la letra "G". La G de Giménez Bartlett, Alicia.

Alicia Giménez Bartlett nació en Almansa, España, en 1951 y ha vivido en Barcelona desde 1975. Después del enorme éxito de sus primeras novelas, decidió dejar su trabajo como profesora de literatura española, para dedicarse a escribir a tiempo completo. En 1997, fue galardonada con el Premio Femenino Lumen a la mejor escritora española. Posteriormente empezó a publicar su serie protagonizada por Petra Delicado, con la que consiguió una gran popularidad en toda España.

Su última novela Donde nadie te encuentre ha sido galardonada con el Premio Nadal de 2011, el más antiguo de los premios literarios españoles. La novela cuenta la historia de Teresa Pla Meseguer (1917-2004) una mujer bandido que se unió a la resistencia contra la dictadura de Franco (1939-1975).

Para más información consultar Mis detectives favoritos.

Alicia Giménez Bartlett won last night the Premio Nadal 2011

Alicia Giménez Bartlett won last night the Premio Nadal with her novel, Donde nadie te encuentre ( ‘Where Nobody Will Find You’ ), based on the real character of Teresa Pla Meseguer, a guerrilla woman ( ‘maquis’ ) known as La Pastora or Fulgencio. Giménez Bartlett, is considered the Spanish Dame of Crime for her series featuring Police Inspector Petra Delicado. Congratulations Alicia.

Alicia Giménez gana el Premio Nadal 2011 con ‘Donde nadie te encuentre’.

See my reviews: Death Rites and Dog Day.

Best Crime Fiction so far 2010

best_reads 2010 Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise asks: What are the best crime fiction books (5-10 books) you’ve read in the first 6 months of this year? They can be published in any year.

My best reads so far this year in no particular order:
– THE DARKEST ROOM by Johan Theorin
– NEMESIS by Jo Nesbo
– THE MIND’S EYE by Hakan Nesser
– SILENCE OF THE GRAVE by Arnaldur Indridason
– THE SAVAGE ALTAR (aka Sun Storm) by Asa Larsson
– DEAD POINT by Peter Temple
– DEATH RITES by Alicia Giménez-Bartlett
– HAVANA GOLD by Leonardo Padura
– WATER-BLUE EYES by Domingo Villar

If you would like to participate just drop a comment at Kerrie’s site here.

Dog Day (Original title: Día de perros) by Alicia Giménez Bartlett

dog day Dias de perros Original title: Día de perros (1997)

Alicia Giménez Bartlett

Editorial Planeta S.A. Colección Booket.

Tercera impresión: septiembre 2009

336 páginas

ISBN: 978-84-08-06567-8


Dog Day is the second instalment in the Petra Delicado series by Alicia Giménez Bartlett, but it was the first available in English. Here we find again Inspector Petra Delicado and Sergeant Fermín Garzón back to a desk job, despite their previous success as investigators. Unexpectedly they are assigned to a modest case, probably because there was no other male inspector available. A man, who was beaten up, lays in coma at Valle Hebrón Hospital. He is a completely unknown as he carries no documentation. He was found at three in the morning and there are no witnesses of the assault.

With no clues our team will discover first a world of dog trainers, dog breeders and missing dogs’ recovery companies that will end up in an underworld of dog trafficking and dog fighting. And then both their case and their personal lives will get more complicated. The unknown man died, Petra falls in love with a veterinarian and Fermín finds himself in a love triangle with two women.

As it is mainly the case in Giménez Bartlett’s novels, the plot is not that important but this doesn’t take away my interest from her books. The characters are fantastic and pretty well drawn. The dialogs are superb and it is very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is really worthwhile to read them in order to fully understand the evolution of Petra Delicado and Fermín Garzón relationship. See also International Noir Fiction for an excellent review of this book.

The complete series is made up of eight books so far. Three are available in English.

1. Ritos de muerte, 1996 (Death Rites, 2008)

2. Día de perros, 1997 (Dog Day, 2006)

3. Mensajeros de la oscuridad, 1999

4. Muertos de papel, 2000 (Prime Time Suspect, 2007)

5. Serpientes en el paraíso, 2002

6. Un barco cargado de arroz, 2004

7. Nido vacío, 2007

8. El silencio de los claustros, 2009



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