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 and the Detective Nic Costa series set in Italy. 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. "
"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 now Amsterdam. Little Sister is the third title to feature Detective Pieter Vos, following The House of Dolls and The Wrong Girl.
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.
The elusive villa of Pausilypon near Naples - 19 days ago
Naples is a funny old place. It sits on one of the most beautiful bays in the world and has a history going back to Roman times, and beyond to the Greeks. Tourists pour into one side of the city to visit Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. But very few venture the other side, even… Continue reading The elusive villa of Pausilypon near Naples
Eating well in Verona - one month ago
Italian food is always astonishing and Verona, if I’m honest, has some of the best you’ll find. Over five days we never ate a bad meal, something that’s very easy to do in Venice, and even in Rome if you pick badly. So just for the record (and when I next go back) let me… Continue reading Eating well in Verona
Forget Venice, the best carnival is in Verona - one month ago
If you mention the word 'carnival' in the Veneto people will immediately think you're talking about Venice. I've done Venice carnival. I had to when I was writing Carnival for the Dead. Much as I love Venice I won't be doing carnival again.
All the locals I know avoid the thing if they can. It's certainly spectacular but it's primarily an event for tourists, many of them dressed to the nines.
Sir Gerald Kaufman, a small memory - one month ago
Sir Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP who died a few days ago aged 86, the oldest MP in Parliament, I met twice. Once was when I was the arts correspondent of The Times and he interrogated me in the rudest way possible about the arcane details of the government arts budget of the time, knowing I’d… Continue reading Sir Gerald Kaufman, a small memory
A chat with Richard Armitage about Romeo & Juliet - 2 months ago
Last October, when we were finalising the release of Romeo & Juliet: A Novel, I was lucky enough to spend the best part of a day at the Audible HQ in Newark, New Jersey, alongside my formidable narrator/performer Richard Armitage. We recorded a long interview about the project, writing and performing. You can now see it all… Continue reading A chat with Richard Armitage about Romeo & Juliet
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