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.
Fine tuning the last revision of a book - 21 days ago
A month from now I’ll be back in Venice working on the final revision of a new book before delivery. I’ve been doing this with everything I’ve written for more than a decade. I enjoy the seclusion and the focus Venice brings, and maybe it’s a superstitious thing too. Nothing beats hitting that send button …
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New life for the Nic Costa series - 22 days ago
After a nine-year break Nic Costa is back this year, with a brand new title The Savage Shore, set in Calabria, appearing from Severn House. The UK hardback will be available on July 31 and the international English ebook and US hardback will appear on November 1. In the meantime I’m delighted to say that Severn …
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Nic Costa is coming back to the Netherlands - one month ago
This is the year I go back to Italy and I hope I can take some of you with me. The Nic Costa series is back in business after a break of eight years. Costa and crew were always popular with Dutch readers so I’m delighted to be able to tell you that Boekerij, the …
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New Nic Costa editions and a new book - one month ago
We’re fast approaching the return of Nic Costa and the rest of my Roman crew in the first new book featuring them in seven years. So it’s time to bring people up-to-date on a few developments on the Italian book front. The new book is The Savage Shore, set in Calabria, and will be out in …
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Romeo and Juliet: nominated for an Audie - 2 months ago
I’m absolutely gobsmacked to tell you that Romeo and Juliet, my adaptation for Audible narrated so splendidly by Richard Armitage, has been nominated for an audio ‘Oscar’, the Audies. Wow. This is my third nomination, the first two with my good friend A.J. Hartley for Macbeth and Hamlet (the latter with Richard too). I’m incredibly grateful to all the …
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