At the moment there are four Crime Scene guides - for France, Italy, The Netherlands and Switzerland (the latter includes info on Germany too) - and more will be added in future. They can be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF, and provide a really useful overview of the respective countries’ crime scenes.
Each is written by an expert on the crime of the country in question, but all look at similar areas, under the guidance of series editor Bob Cornwell:
- a history of the country’s crime fiction
- recent publishing trends
- notable writers (often by category, e.g. police procedural, historical crime fiction)
- major crime prizes
- key publishers
- key suppliers, festivals and websites
- key reference works
I’m extremely impressed with these guides, which pack a lot of information into a relatively small space. Produced in conjunction with the International Association of Crime Writers, they provide a great resource for beginners and more advanced crime readers alike, and I look forward to seeing more in due course.