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Andrea Camilleri: The Shape of Water – La forma dell’aqua ( 1994) Inspector Montalbano 1beautyisasleepingcat

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:32:12 +0000

Andrea Camilleri is an Italian crime writer, famous for his long-standing Inspector Montalbano series. Camilleri was born in 1925 in Sicily, where the series is set. I’ve been aware of him for ages, but for some reason, I never felt tempted to read his books. I thought this was a cozy crime series and while […]

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The Frozen Woman by Jon Micheletbeautyisasleepingcat

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:45:51 +0000

I found The Frozen Woman at a local book shop and because I was in the mood for crime in translation, I got it. I’d never heard of Norwegian crime writer Jon Michelet before. He seems to be highly popular in Scandinavia, where he’s been publishing for five decades. We all know that this doesn’t […]

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Pascal Quignard: Villa Amalia (2006)beautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:50:49 +0000

I’ve heard so many good things about Pascal Quignard that I finally had to read him. I had two of his books on my piles, Tous les matins du monde – All the World’s Monrnings and Villa Amalia, which will be published in English later this month. I finally decided to read Villa Amalia because I […]

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Elina Hirvonen: When Time Runs Out (2017) – Kun aika loppuu (2015) Finnish Crimebeautyisasleepingcat

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000

I’m glad I stumbled across this book on Raven Crime’s blog at the end of last year because I liked it so much. One could say it’s less a crime novel than a novel about a crime and a study of the ways we deal with the many global problems we’re facing. Ultimately, it’s also an […]

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Best Books I Read 2017beautyisasleepingcat

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 15:49:26 +0000

The year’s not over and it is possible I might still read something I love, but I don’t want to wrap up in January. I want to leave this year behind. It was a difficult year. It started good and then went downhill from February on. I wrote about my eyes because that affected my […]

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Friend Request by Laura Marshall (2017)beautyisasleepingcat

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 13:48:05 +0000

Would you believe it – there’s finally a psychological crime novel whose premise is so original that it isn’t constantly compared to Girl on a Train/Gone Girl  . . . The book in question is Laura Marshall’s début Friend Request. I’d been aware of the novel since last year when it was shortlisted for the […]

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Lion Feuchtwanger: The Oppermanns – Die Geschwister Oppermann (1933) Literature and War Readalong November 2017beautyisasleepingcat

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:01:49 +0000

When Lion Feuchtwanger left Germany in 1933 for a trip to the UK and the US, he didn’t think that he would never return to his home country. While abroad, he said to people that “Hitler is over”. When Hitler then became Chancellor – Reichskanzler – in 1933, Feuchtwanger’s opinion changed considerably. “Hitler means war” […]

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