Crime Scene: European crime fiction guides

I was having a stroll around the Crime Time website the other day, and ended up in an excellent section called Crime Scene, which profiles crime fiction on a country by country basis.

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.

Simone van der Vlugt is one of the writers featured in The Netherlands guide

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.

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20 thoughts on “Crime Scene: European crime fiction guides

    • Thank you to you both, Barry – they are grand. I’ve learned a lot from reading them, and have also greatly increased the height of my TBR pile (already groaning under the weight of all those lovely Petrona submissions…)

  1. Sounds wonderful, must get to it with a cup of tea and cookies when I have some substantial time to look around. A welcome addition to my global crime fiction blogs.

  2. This sounds excellent, off to have a look now. Know what you mean about the TBR pile, my Pinterest board for this far outstrips the books actually read one!

      • ‘Happened upon them’, Mrs P? I’d have guessed you checked Crime Time assiduously every night before settling down with your Horlicks…

      • Well I certainly shall from now on, Barry, especially as you’re monitoring my every move 🙂 Given that it’s Friday, I’ll be adding a splash of whiskey to my Horlicks too. Have a good weekend!

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