Books by Nina Borg, Helene Tursten and the writing team of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
When in Boston last month, I attended the Boston Book Festival where I happily discovered the booth of SOHO Crime, a twenty-year-old publisher that specializes in international crime fiction.
I grabbed the second Nina Borg mystery, Invisible Murder, by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis and the knowledgeable staff introduced me to two new authors as well.
Detective Inspector Huss, a police procedural by Swedish author Helene Tursten, is the first in a series featuring Irene Huss and her law enforcement colleagues in Goteborg, Sweden. The translation is a bit clunky (some of the slang doesn’t ring quite true,) but the details of a police investigation are universal– unreliable witnesses, murderous spouses, and takeout pizza.
On the other side of the globe, Colin Cotterill presents Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year old Paris-trained doctor and the national coroner of Thailand. Set in 1970’s Laos, The Coroner’s Lunch is the first in a long series about the crime solving coroner. (I haven’t read it yet.)
I love a foreign language mystery—a twofer as it were– a Blue Guide book and crime novel in one!