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European Crime Book Club

We are a small, friendly club meeting monthly for lively discussion of European crime books (in translation) chosen by members and to keep abreast of new developments and events in the genre.  You are very welcome to join us if it kindles your interest.

We currently have one place available on the Club, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Thereafter we will operate a waiting list. 

At the moment meetings are held via Zoom and normally take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 4.30pm – 6.00pm.

Annual subscription £10. To join the group you must first be a member of the 3Ls Association.


ECBC Programme 2021-2022


Committee Members 2021-2022

President: Wendy Clarke

Secretary: Alison Johnston

Treasurer: Alice Bradley

Committee Member:  Robert Kinloch

Contact Details:  ajjohn.1dr5@gmail.com


Additional materials relating to the Club’s programme of reading:


ECBC/ Nordic Noir reading list 2014-2022

By Country  ECBC – Summary of Books 2014-21

By Year  ECBC – Summary of Books 2014-21


Related TV programmes

The Sandhamn Murders – available on Prime Video.   8 series, 3 episodes in each based on the books by Swedish author Viveca Sten.  We discussed her first book, Still Waters, in January 2022.

The Chestnut Man – available on Netflix.  6 Episodes.  We read the associated book by Danish author Soren Sveistrup in 2019-20.  He also wrote the screenplay for The Killing, one of the original Nordic Noir TV series.

Beck – most recent series (Series 7) is available on BBC iplayer; earlier series’ are available Prime Video (but keep an eye out as they have also been on IPlayer but they aren’t available at the moment). The TV series is based on characters featured in the novels of Swedish authors Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.  The Nordic Noir Club read the first book in the series, Roseanna, in 2015-16.  An 8th series has been made but there’s no indication when it will be shown in the UK.


Other TV programmes

Hidden Assets – available on BBC IPlayer under BBC4.  It is a new international crime drama, shot in Ireland and Belgium and is a blend of crime drama, political conspiracy and thriller.


Here is some information to inspire your reading:


Scottish Book Festivals

Literature Alliance Scotland has put together a very handy resource which lists all of the book festivals taking place in Scotland online or as hybrid events.



2021 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year

The winning title for 2021 is To Cook a Bear by Swedish author Mikael Niemi

For more details see: https://eurocrime.blogspot.com/2021/11/the-petrona-award-2021-winner.html .

The Petrona Award is open to crime fiction in translation, either written by a Scandinavian author or set in Scandinavia, and published in the UK in the previous calendar year.

The other novels on the shortlist were:

  • A Necessary Death by Anne Holt (Norway)
  • Death Deserved by Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger (Norway)
  • The Secret Life of Mr Roos by Håkan Nesser (Sweden)
  • The Seven Doors by Agnes Ravatn (Norway)
  • Gallows Rock by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (Iceland)


Bloody Scotland 2021

A list of all the books that were discussed or read from over the weekend of Bloody Scotland 2021



Stop You’re Killing Me 

A  resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy, and suspense books



New crime books (Translated) published in the UK in




New Crime Fiction Releases

British, European and Translated



Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Dagger Awards 2021

CWA Daggers are the oldest awards in the genre and have been synonymous with quality crime writing for over half a century.

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir won the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the best debut novel for The Creak on the Stairs which we read in April 2021Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger goes to South Korean author Yun Ko-eun for The Disaster Tourist.  The Dagger in the Library is voted on exclusively by librarians, chosen for the author’s body of work and support of libraries. This year it goes to Peter May.