Former Sunday Times journalist David Hewson is well known for his crime-thriller fiction set in European cities. He is the author of the highly acclaimed The Killing novels set in Denmark, the Detective Nic Costa series set in Italy and the Pieter Vos series in Amsterdam. The Killing trilogy is based on the BAFTA award-winning Danish TV series created by Søren Sveistrup and produced by DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. "
"While he lives in Kent, Hewson's ability to capture the sense of place and atmosphere in his fiction comes from spending considerable research time in the cities in which the books are set: Copenhagen, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam.
We've picked out our favourite Icelandic and Scandinavian stories – may this be the start of a new reading journey!
From graveyards to docklands, street markets to skyscrapers, these often overlooked places can become vital backdrops in a novel. David Hewson tells us how the hidden gems of Amsterdam featured in his latest novel, Sleep Baby Sleep.
Miss Marple can solve crimes that have the professionals baffled, and DI Sarah Lund is willing to give up her personal happiness to catch a killer. Here are a few of our favourite females detectives from the page and screen.
From police procedurals to historical mysteries, forensic thrillers to psychological suspense, we have the perfect crime book to read as the evenings get longer and longer.
With the publication of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came the rise of Scandinavian crime fiction, films, and television shows. Dark, intelligent, slow paced but equally intense, it's no surprise we're obsessed with these thrillers.
'When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it.' - Robin Sloan, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore.
How PLR works and why it’s important - 5 days ago
Up and down the UK today authors are for once feeling happy. We’re getting our annual statements from Public Lending Right. It’s a little-understood process, so much that a few authors, narrators and artists have yet to register for it. If you fall into that category… do so now. Creative incomes are falling through the… Continue reading How PLR works and why it’s important
Some (expanded) thoughts on a career in writing - 26 days ago
I put up a little thread on Twitter on this subject last week. A lot of people seemed to want to hear more. So here it is. A long read I’m afraid and please note… this is about conventional commercial publishing, not self-publishing, a field I don’t know. Note too that these are just my… Continue reading Some (expanded) thoughts on a career in writing
A sneak preview of Juliet and Romeo - one month ago
My new take on a very old tale, Juliet and Romeo, will be out in the UK from Dome Press in the middle of May. But there will be one sneak preview where you can hear me talking about it, get an advance copy, and a fine Italian meal in a smart country house to boot. The night… Continue reading A sneak preview of Juliet and Romeo
Coming next May… Juliet and Romeo: the book - 3 months ago
A few weeks ago I was pleased to announce something readers have been demanding for quite some time… the return of Nic Costa. Now here’s news of another reader-led project. Yes, after a lot of work and thought, there will be a book and ebook version of my audio adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with Richard Armitage… Continue reading Coming next May… Juliet and Romeo: the book
Now out in the Netherlands… Pieter Vos 4 - 3 months ago
The fourth Pieter Vos novel, Sleep Baby Sleep in English, De Stenen Engel in Dutch, is now out in the Netherlands courtesy of my lovely publisher over there, Boekerij. It is set entirely in Amsterdam. You can read more about the story here. I’m deeply grateful to the Dutch editor of these four books, Rienk Tychon, for… Continue reading Now out in the Netherlands… Pieter Vos 4
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