SWEDISH SEA STORIES

Reaching the end of a book is a double-edged sword.  There’s a certain feeling of relief, of course, but also sadness that the project is finished.  And the only way to combat that is to start another one!  Despite a planned break over the summer new thoughts are already swirling around.  And there are new places to visit.  In our case, our next trip to Sweden is going to include an excursion to Tallin in Estonia. Tallin has had a lasting impact on Sweden’s psyche with the MS Estonia tragedy in 1994, which saw the loss of 852 passengers and crew, of which 501 of the victims were Swedish.  And it was with interest...

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AN INTERESTING FINNISH TO THE YEAR

Christmas is almost upon us and I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone.  Maybe it’s an age thing.  I’ve been busy working on Malice in Malmö, which I hope to bring out in April/May next year.  And last month both A Malmö Midwinter and Menace in Malmö came out as paperbacks through McNidder & Grace. This year I’ve been over to Sweden a number of times.  My last trip in October also included a visit to Finland and the beautiful city of Helsinki.  Not that the weather was very welcoming as I was there during the backend of one of the hurricanes – it was extremely wet, windy and very cold. However,...

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The times they are a changin’

When Bob Dylan sang his classic song in 1964, he couldn’t have conceived how much the world has changed in 2017.  Politically, economically and socially we’re facing huge upheavals.  Things are changing fast.  It was only when I was writing Menace in Malmö that it dawned on me that our cities are, too.  I’d set a scene in the big university building next to the Inner Harbour in Malmö and I described the characters looking out towards the iconic Turning Torso.  Fortunately, before the book was published, when I was changing trains one day and wandered out of the station, I suddenly realised that another huge building had appeared since I’d last been there,...

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MEET ME IN MEXICO

There’s an exciting crime writer who is putting Mexico on the map – to be more precise, Acapulco.  The talented Carmen Amato has brought crime readers the only female detective in Acapulco, Emilia Cruz, who not only battles with squadroom machismo, but also the murky world of Mexican politics, drug wars, kidnaps and police corruption.  And Carmen, originally from New York, is well qualified to shine a spotlight on this seething society as she has spent a great deal of time in Mexico and Central America. Detective Emilia Cruz burst onto the crime scene in Cliff Diver.  Now the fifth book in the dynamic series has just come out – Pacific Reaper.  The series...

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HAS FAKE NEWS REACHED MALMÖ?

In a world that is bemused by what is happening to it, the advent of fake news is only adding to the confusion.  And Malmö is not immune, thanks to the new incumbent of the White House.  President Trump announced to members of the military in Florida: “Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino.  And all across Europe, you’ve seen what happened in Paris and Nice.  All over Europe it’s happening.  And it’s gotten to the point that it’s not even being reported and in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” ...

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NEW YEAR, NEW BOOK

After nearly a year of researching, writing and editing, Menace in Malmö has at last seen the light of day and is available to pre-order – it’s officially available from January 6th.  It’s always a relief to see the latest book up as there are times in the process that I wonder if that stage will ever be reached.  I think the crime novel is more complex than most because if you get something wrong on page 89 it might impact on page 237!  There’s a lot of checking and rechecking! While Menace was being formatted, we were lucky enough to be able to visit India.  Believe it, or not, I actually sell a...

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