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Crime Beat: International stars and Bloody Book Week

News just in is that Roger Smith has scored a hat-trick in Germany by notching into first place on the KrimiZeit top ten bestseller list for this month with his new novel, Dust Devils (only available in SA in September). The highly regarded list is compiled by 17 German, Swiss and Austrian crime fiction critics. It’s not the first time Roger’s taken the top rank, he did it with Mixed Blood and Wake Up Dead. Seems he’s got dirt on the critics. Also on the list is another SA-set crime novel, Malla Nunn’s Let the Dead Lie. You can check out the list here.


Up on two international shortlists is Deon Meyer’s Thirteen Hours – he’s on the Mystery Readers International’s shortlist for Best Mystery Novel; and he’s a frontrunner for the Barry Award’s in the Best Thriller category.

If you didn’t know already, then here’s a reminder about Jenny Crwys-Williams’ Bloody Book Week at the end of the month in Johannesburg. Being a dab hand at the interview, she quizzed herself:

What is the Bloody Book Week? The Bloody Book Week is a week of celebrating and exploring crime fiction and crime fact books.

Is it the first crime book week in Africa? Yes. It is unique.

Is it going to be ongoing? It will be annual. You are going to have a lot of fun.

Why? Crime writing , movies which often spring from crime novels and TV shows are a world-wide phenomenon. From CSI to Rookie Blue and from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to David Grisham, crime writing is H O T! South African writers, from Deon Meyer to Sifiso Mzobe, are making this new genre their own and it is exploding here.

When is it? It runs in Joburg (and one event in Pretoria) from Monday 25th July – Sunday 31st July 2011

Where is it going to be? It is taking place all over Joburg: from Montecasino to Melville and a bit of Braamfontein thrown in.

Who are the stars? Michael Robotham (remember Shattered?) is flying in from Australia; Mike Nicol is coming from Cape Town (he has written South Africa’s first crime trilogy, the Revenge Trilogy); Mandy Wiener; Micki Pistorius, the country’s first serial murder profiler; Carol Thompson, who lost her daughter to crime and has written an impassioned book; Deon Meyer; independent forensic scientist David Klatzow; Anthony Altbeker; the winner of the Sunday Times Fiction Award, Sifiso Mzobe, is flying in from Durban.

How do I find out about the events? If you are a Jenny & Co member, you’re among the first to know; the public at large will be advised just before bookings open (so, please, book quickly for Jenny & Co events).

How do I book? We’ll make that really clear next week when we publish the full list of events.

Are you doing a murder weekend? You bet. David Klatzow will take you through a dastardly crime – and how to gather the evidence.

What comes next? We’ll publish a list of all the events and how you can book. They will be spread over Joburg and run from Montecasino to Melville to Braamfontein. You will get them next week.

Do I have to pay for the events? Some are completely free, some will charge. You will see the events vary from discussions to book signings, so choose what you fancy and just enjoy.


International Crime Writers have announced their annual prize winners:
Best Hard Cover: Bad Blood by John Sandford; Best Paperback Original Novel: The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison; and Best First Novel: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens.


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