Friday, April 30, 2010

Questions for Readers, and Blogmania Winners...

Blogmania has come to a close, so thanks for the participation and new interest!

Wheresmyrain won the "Mom Pack" and DK won the "Fiction Three Pack".  They've been notified and have 48 hours to contact me with mailing info.

Vøringsfossen Waterfall in Norway...

Now back to Serious Business!

I have some questions for readers:  do you have more Scandinavian book reviews or blog links I can link to?  I'd like to keep up with everyone's input (my wish list is now HUGE thanks to all of you!).

I just finished Elegy for April (upcoming review) and I'm curious if the main character of Dr. Quirke is a series or if this is a one-time character?  Anyone familiar with Benjamin Black?  I know the author writes as another name but am just wondering about this particular character...

I have a friend searching for Russian mysteries similar to the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith...can anyone recommend Russian detective thrillers?  Thanks in advance!

The Man from Beijing, the second giveaway, ends on May 5.  The only participants in this giveaway are SRC participants (automatically entered) or commenters who specifically request via post to enter that drawing (don't want to just send it out randomly without making sure it'll be loved!).

Also, I'm still trying to collect country locations for a participant map, right now I only have a few.  Eight months left for the Challenge (piece of cake, isn't it?)!!

Thanks to all for putting up with the Blogmania flurry yesterday!


  1. Amy I mentioned recently Alexandra Marinina in my blog. More info in Wikipedia:
    But afriad her books are not available in English yet.

  2. That was so much fun! Thanks for all the effort you put into it. Have a great weekend!

  3. John Banville aka Benjamin Black has 2 earlier Quirke books: "Christine Falls" and "Silver Swans". Both will provide more personal details re: Quirke's personal story. I love the settings of time and place in these books. Haven't read "elegy to April" yet, it's my next up audio book. Also love Martin Cruz Smith--he has a new book coming out the summer. As for other books with Russian settings, I've searched for that too! The only one I can think of is Stuart M Kaminsky's Inspector Rostnikov series. He won an Edgar for one of those. Check for more info here: