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Easter Crime: a Norwegian reading phenomenon

In Britain, mention of Easter will evoke thoughts of chocolate eggs, bunnies, and perhaps even church. In Norway, though, the link between Easter and crime fiction is so strong that they even have a word for it: påskekrim. To celebrate, all our crime fiction is on sale (25% off) on our online shop until April 24th.

Nordic noir has a massive following throughout the world, from Jo Nesbo to our own Jorn Lier Horst, but this connection between crime and Easter seems uniquely Norwegian, with British commentators referring to it as ‘curious’ (Mirror) right up to ‘bizarre’ (The Independent).

It seems to have started with one extremely successful book published at the right time, as Easter is when most Norwegians have a break and often visit cabins, giving them time to read. I’m sure many of you can get behind that: when you have a few days off and time to read, it’s only right to take full advantage of it – and there’s no denying the pleasure a pacy crime read can bring.

If you’ve been struggling to find time to read so far this year, why not make påskekrim a new tradition this Easter?


If you like your crime with a bit of a dystopian edge, try Lesley Kelly’s The Health of Strangers. Described as ‘spookily prescient’ (Books from Scotland), the pre-Covid series imagines living with a long-term pandemic. Lesley foresaw many of the measures and problems we would live with while creating an impeccable cast of characters. If you’re still adjusting to the ‘new normal’ this series might help you gain perspective. (There’s even a free short story available in eBook!)

Easter is connected with new life. William McIntyre’s first Robbie Munro thriller, Last Will, opens with Robbie fighting for custody of his baby daughter. Robbie is a sharp-talking lawyer, on just on the right side of legal himself, and it’s well worth spending time with him, his ex-copper Dad and prosecuting girlfriend this Easter. Use the code RobbieBlog25 for a further 25% off all Robbie Munro thrillers!


If you prefer your crime stories cosy, we recommend Rachel Ward’s supermarket sleuths, Ant and Bea, starting with The Cost of Living. The delightful pair balance their jobs at the local Costsave with investigating mysteries others barely notice and chemistry that can’t be denied.


It would be remiss of us to blog about påskekrim without including Jorn Lier Horst, and his fantastic William Wisting series. With multiple awards and over 1 million copies sold in Norway alone, this is a must-read for fans of Nordic Noir. Start with Dregs, the first in the series, or jump ahead and read The Hunting Dogs, which is only 99p on Kindle at the moment.


Happy Easter, crime fans!

Jorn Lier Horst

Jorn Lier Horst

William McIntyre

William McIntyre

Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward

Lesley Kelly

Lesley Kelly