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.
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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.
Coming next May… Juliet and Romeo: the book - 2 days 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 - 5 days 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
Antwerp Book Fair, November 12 - 6 days ago
I’ll be at the Antwerp Book Fair on Sunday, November 12, talking storytelling with Nathalie Pagie and MJ Arlidge. Looking forward to being back in Belgium!Filed under: Events
A new Nic Costa is on the way - 27 days ago
There’s a question I’ve been asked more times than I can count in recent years: when are Nic Costa and team coming back? Teresa Lupo’s solo outing in Carnival for the Dead apart, we left them at the end of book nine in the series The Fallen Angel eight years ago, after which I moved on… Continue reading A new Nic Costa is on the way
Starting a novel with Ulysses - 2 months ago
Since lots of people seem to be looking at Ulysses right now let me give a condensed starter guide to setting up a book project with the app. I do this in much fuller detail in my little guide Writing A Novel with Ulysses. But this should get you up and running. All that follows based… Continue reading Starting a novel with Ulysses
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