Reviews: Euro crime writers

You’ve read Mankell and Larsson, but here are others to look out for:

The World Today Published 3 June 2013 Updated 7 December 2018 1 minute READ


Åke Edwardson: Dans med en ängel (Death Angels), the first in his series of six novels about Inspector Winters.


Jo Nesbø: Hodejegerne (The Headhunters) following Harry Hole, a tough detective who struggles with alcoholism and works on solving crimes on the streets of Oslo.

Karin Fossum: Evas øye (In the Darkness), the first in the Inspector Konrad Sejer series of novels, by the ‘Norwegian queen of crime’.


Jan Costin Wagner: Im Winter der Löwen (The Lion in Winter), one of three of his novels set in Finland and featuring detective Kimmo Joentaa.


Andrea Camilleri: La forma dell’acqua (The Shape of Water), one of his 20 novels starring Inspector Montalbano, a fractious detective in the police force of Vigàta, an imaginary Sicilian town.

The Netherlands

Janwillem van de Wetering: Outsider in Amsterdam and other novels featuring Adjutant-Detective Henk Grijpstra and Detective-Sergeant Rinus de Gier, along with their nevernamed elderly superior, the commissaris.


Arnaldur Indriðason: Synir duftsins (Sons of Dust), the first in his series of 11 novels about Detective Erlendur.