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European Crime Book

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.  


Our President nicely encapsulated our reading selection from last session as “The world may not be our oyster but our choices have included an imaginary diet from pickled horsemeat, apple cider vinegar, sweet rolls, 1000 Island dressing, overripe tomatoes, banana liqueur, and human flesh, thanks to a snake, a bear and a cannibal.”  You are very welcome to join us if this kindles your interest!


The Club is currently full but please contact us if you are interested as we operate a waiting list and will get in touch when a place becomes available.

Meetings normally take place on the third Tuesday of the month from 4.30pm – 6.00pm, in room GH742 (Conference Room).  The annual subscription is £10. To join the group you must first be a member of the 3Ls Students' Association.



ECBC/ Nordic Noir reading list 2014-2024  

You can access details of the books the Club has read since it was first established in 2014 - see below.

By Country                                                             By Year


2023/24 Book List


Date                    Author.                   Title.                              Country


17 October.        Arne Dahl.              Watching You.             Sweden


21 November.     Patrick Conrad.       No Sale.                     Belgium


12 December.      Jean-Claude Izzo.  Total Chaos.                 France


 16 January.          Juan Gomez-Jurado.     Red Queen.          Spain 


20 February.          Ivana Bodrozic.       We Trade our Night for                                                                       Someone Else's Day     Croatia                                                  

19 March.              Pierre Lemaitre.        Irene.                         France


16 April.                  Gustaf Skorderman.        Geiger.           Sweden

Further Information


Here is some more information to inspire your reading:

Crime Fiction in Translation Facebook Page


There is a Facebook page by this name which promotes newly published books and events.  It's a 'private' group so you have to submit a request to join.


Euro Crime Webpage

This webpage provides reviews and news about British, European and Translated crime fiction, tv and film.   


You can also access lists of authors by country at 


New Crime Fiction Releases - British, European and Translated


New crime books (Translated) published in the UK in





Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year


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 winner of the 2023 award is Femicide by Swedish author Pascal Engman. More details, including the 2023 short list, are available at  at  "


The winning title for 2022 was Fatal Isles by Maria Adolfsson which we read in January 2023.


Crime Writers Association DAGGERs


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


The 2023 Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger was awarded to Javier Cercas for Even the Darkest Night which we read in November 2022.


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.

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