Anne Holt, PJ Tracy Quintin Jardine - spring 2013 crime fiction round-up

Shuichi Yoshida, Elly Griffiths and Anna Smith are also among releasing novels in coming months

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Anne Holt, PJ Tracy Quintin Jardine - spring 2013 crime fiction round-up

Anne Holt / Photo: Jo Michael

Anne Holt certainly has an intriguing background for a prominent career in crime writing. A law graduate and anchor woman on a TV news programme, she worked in the Oslo police department before setting up her own legal practice and then taking on the job of Minister of Justice for a short period. But it’s her books about Hanne Wilhelmsen, a detective in the Norwegian capital, which has brought her most acclaim and Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (Corvus) is the second of her crime series to be published in the UK.

Shuichi Yoshida’s Parade (Harvill) has the unique distinction of being described as ‘a Japanese Friends with fewer laughs and more violence’. Four twentysomethings share a Tokyo apartment, but next door something odd is going on. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is the key investigator in Elly GriffithsDying Fall (Quercus), who looks into the mysterious circumstances behind an old uni pal’s death while mother and daughter writing team PJ Tracy return with their sixth novel, Two Evils (Michael Joseph). Here, homicide detectives Magozzi and Rolseath turn to a computer analyst for help in solving a multiple murder case.

Scottish crime scribes are making their voices heard at the start of the year with Anna Smith bringing us Screams in the Dark (Piatkus), as crime journo Rosie Gilmore gets on the case of a mutilated Albanian man fished out of the Clyde while Quintin Jardine delivers his latest Primavera Blackstone Spain-set mystery. Deadly Business has our heroine’s past being raked through with extortion and blackmail not too far round the corner.

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