New Bitter Lemon signings, The Edgars and CrimeFest

Here’s a round up of some interesting crime fiction news and events.

Joshua Farrington of The Bookseller reports that >>Bitter Lemon Press has signed a series of deals for female crime writers from around the world, with the books set to lead the publisher’s schedule in the second half of the year.

Publisher and co-founder Laurence Colchester has acquired titles from Brazil’s Patrica Melo, Turkey’s Esmahan Aykol and Argentina’s Claudia Piñeiro.

Melo’s The Body Snatcher is the story of a drug deal gone wrong, with police corruption and blackmail. Melo’s previous novels Lost World, The Killer, In Praise of Lies and Inferno were published in English by Bloomsbury. The Body Snatchers, which will be published in July, is translated by Clifford E. Landers.

Divorce Turkish Style by Esmahan Aykol will be published in September. It is the third in a murder mystery series featuring crime bookshop owner and accidental investigator Kati Hirschel. The previous two books, Hotel Bosphorous and Baksheesh were also published by Bitter Lemon Press, translated by Ruth Whitehouse.

Piñeiro’s Betty Boo is set in Buenos Aires, and sees a sensitive woman trying to save her career and personal life while caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Piñeiro’s previous titles, translated by Miranda France, were also published by Bitter Lemon Press. Betty Boo will be published in January 2016.

Colchester said: “We are very proud to bring these three women crime writers from Brazil, Turkey and Argentina to English speaking readers. It is part of our mission as an independent press to introduce new voices from abroad and here, in the autumn season of 2015, are three of the most successful women writing in the crime genre today.”<<

Over in the States, the annual Edgar Awards have taken place. A full list of the nominees and winners is available here. The focus is on English-language crime, and a number of titles have already migrated to my groaning TBR pile, such as Ben Winter’s World of Trouble, which is the final installment in The Last Policeman series (see my discussion of his earlier work here).

The winner in the best novel category was Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, which I’m currently half way through and enjoying very much (although I will never look at a hamburger in the same way again).

Last but not least, the international crime fiction convention CrimeFest takes place in Bristol next week, with a sterling programme you can see in full here. I’m very much looking forward to attending, not least because this year’s special guest is Swedish crime writer Maj Sjöwall, co-author of the seminal Martin Beck series, and she will be helping us to present the 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year.

I have been enjoying all the online speculation about the Petrona shortlist. The judges have now made their choice…! But will you agree?!

16 thoughts on “New Bitter Lemon signings, The Edgars and CrimeFest

  1. I’d just written about Claudia Pineiro and Patricia Melo in a feature I did about Latin American crime fiction, so I’m really pleased to hear about new translations of their work!

  2. I’m so glad to hear about Bitter Lemon signing deals with global women writers. Melo is a bit too violent for my taste, but I love Pineiro’s books and have been waiting for more from her in English. And I read Aykol’s first set in Istanbul and while I wanted to read more about that historic city, I enjoyed it anyway and was awaiting more of her titles.
    My family visited Istanbul for two weeks very recently and this only whets my appetite for more crime fiction from that city.

    • I haven’t read any Melo as yet, but am hearing very good things about her work. It’s great to see Bitter Lemon supporting her and other international women crime writers 🙂

  3. I found Divorce Turkish Style at Bitter Lemon’s website, but not Betty Boo. Any suggestion on where to find information about it? I’m so excited about a new Claudia Pineiro book coming out.

  4. I am now relishing Baksheesh by Aykol; what a fun book, full of tidbits about life in Istanbul, told from a German feminist’s perspective. Recommend it. Will get book three by this author.
    Have you found out where to get Betty Boo?

    • I really pleased that you’re enjoying Baksheesh, Kathy. Will try to get hold of it for my holidays shortly. I’ve checked around for Betty Boo, but there’s nothing up on the Bitter Lemon Press site about it as yet. Elsewhere, I’ve seen that it’s due for release on 9 Feb 2016, so my guess is that it will appear on Bitter Lemon closer to the time.

  5. So, in other words, I should find another book for Latin America for fulfilling the Global Book Challenge. I’m reading anything I want to read, but want to read at least one book from each continent and a historical book — already done with The Human Flies, a so-so book, but
    with an interesting resolution.

    • Yes, I think you’ll need another book for your challenge (which I like the sound of very much). Ah, interested to hear your ‘so-so’ verdict on The Human Flies. Was it the classic crime format or something else that didn’t quite gel for you?

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