In all corners of society there are echoes of crime fiction. Grey, tempestuous skies; eerie cracks of light in a dark wood, a solitary street lamp in a deserted nocturnal landscape.
Most of these photos were not consciously taken with crime fiction in mind. With hindsight however they show me what I was thinking. Most had no obvious beauty when I first saw them as images but seen through the crime fiction lens, for me at least, they capture the spirit of some of my favourite crime fiction scenes.
First, second and third prize is a feeling of utter crime fiction satisfaction and smugness.
1) Jo Nesbo is best known as the bestselling crime fiction author of The Snowman. But which award-winning band does the Norwegian crime author also sing lead vocals for? 2) Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo are remembered as one of the best couples to have ever written crime fiction. Their series of ten novels set in Stockholm in the 1960s arguably gave birth to Nordic Noir. What was the name of the main character and inspector in their books? 3) Wilkie Collins was one of the 19th century pioneers that helped shape crime fiction as it is today. Sergeant Cuff, the savvy detective in Collins' classic The Moonstone, had a soft spot for what? 4) Andrea Camilleri set his hilarious tales of corruption, power play and good food in his home region of Sicily. But what was the fictional name of the town that the Italian author used as his setting for the Inspector Montalbano novels? For a bonus point, what…