8 MAY — POSTCARD KILLERS available in Iran!
Postcard Killers, the novel Liza co-wrote with bestselling American thriller writer James Patterson, is now translated into Persian. Click here to read more.
7 MAY — Annika Bengtzon in the Philippines
Featured this May on CinemaWorld, a new cable channel in the Philippines that brings first-class movie entertainment from around the world, is the six Annika Bengtzon films. Manila Standard Today posted a great article on their website with short summaries of each film as well as air times, click here to read.
6 MAY — BOOKS TO DIE FOR awarded the Agatha Award!
Books to Die For, John Connolly's and Declan Burke's anthology that Liza contributed to, has been awarded the 2013 Agatha Award for 'Best Non-Fiction'. Congratulations to Liza and to everyone else that contributed!
30 APRIL — A PLACE IN THE SUN and BORDERLINE sold to Eston
The eighth and ninth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, A Place in the Sun and Borderline, are sold to the publishing house Varrak in Estonia.
11 APRIL — THE BOMBER book-trailer from Ikar in Slovakia
4 APRIL — LIFETIME reviewed in Literary Review
"This is a cleverly plotted story which, like so much Swedish crime fiction, features situations and characters one can believe in or sympathize with and is set firmly in contemporary society"
27 MARCH — Annika Bengtzon on German Television
The six Annika Bengtzon films, based on Liza's novels Exposed, Prime Time, Red Wolf, Last Will, Lifetime and A Place in the Sun will be shown on ARD, German television, starting with Last Will tomorrow!
Click here to visit ARD's website dedicated to Annika.
14 MARCH — LIFETIME reviewed in Booklist
"The latest in Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series tells a complex but fascinating story full of misdirection and police obfuscation." Booklist (US)
11 MARCH — LAST WILL shortlisted for The Petrona Award
Last Will is nominated for the 2013 Petrona Award for the 'Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year'. The Petrona Award has been established to celebrate the work of Maxine Clarke, one of the first online crime fiction reviewers and bloggers, who died in December 2012. Maxine, whose online persona and blog was called Petrona, was passionate about translated crime fiction but in particular that from the Scandinavian countries.
The winning title will be announced at the annual international crime fiction event CrimeFest, held 30 May to 2 June 2013.
7 MARCH — BORDERLINE reviewed in Italian Panorama
"Swedish crime fiction strikes again. /.../ Liza Marklund is still a bestseller machine thanks to her Annika Bengtzon. /.../ a novel different from the usual."
To read the full review (in italian), please click here
27 FEBRUARY — A great review for LAST WILL from Crime Piec
"This is a complexly plotted book that nevertheless grips the reader. The mystery of the shooting is the central story and we get the narrative of both Annika and the shooter, who is a satisfyingly ruthless and compelling character."
To read the full review, please click here
27 FEBRUARY — VANISHED reviewed by Artslink New Zealand
"Liza Marklund has made her name with several crime thrillers and this latest one does not disappoint. /.../ Annika is a rounded, likeable character with a bulldog tenacity for the truth. In this episode she has to cope with family troubles and a tentative, rather endearing romance."
To read the full review, please click here
26 FEBRUARY — POSTCARD KILLERS one of the most borrowed bo
Scotland's favorite library books have been revealed and Postcard Killers, the novel that Liza co-wrote with James Patterson in 2010, is one of the most borrowed books between July 2011 and June 2012! To see the full top ten list, please click here
25 FEBRUARY — Annika Bengtzon on French and German Televis
The six films based on Liza Marklund's Annika Bengtzon series will be shown in Germany and in France as TV films. Last Will is the first to be aired and premieres on March 24 on 13eme Rue in France and a few days later on ARD in Germany. The films are produced by Yellow Bird, the production company behind the Millenium films. Malin Crepin plays Annika Bengtzon.
12 FEBRUARY — LIFETIME Starred Review in Publishers Weekly
"Marklund has created a complex page-turner, complete with gritty realism, a flawed but likable protagonist, and nonstop suspense".
Read the full review here.
11 FEBRUARY — BOOKS TO DIE FOR shortlisted for the Agatha
Books To Die For has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the 'Best Nonfiction' category, again as part of an illustrious short list. The Agathas are fan-based awards, voted on by the registrants at Malice Domestic, which happens May 3-5 in Bethesda, MD. The awards will be presented at the annual Agatha banquet, on May 4. Read more and see the full list of nominees here.
1 FEBRUARY — Eurocrime Favourite Read Of 2012 Is LAST WILL
The Euro Crime website review team have voted Last Will by Liza Marklund, translated by Neil Smith and published by Transworld, as their favourite read of 2012. Euro Crime reviewer Lynn Harvey writes: Liza Marklund has  said that it doesn't matter in which order you read her Annika Bengtzon books as she herself doesn't write them in chronological order, having started with the "fourth" in terms of journalist Annika Bengtzon's life and career. Last Will is the sixth in the series to be translated into English, this time by the sure skills of Neil Smith. And I say too - read them in whatever order you like, but do read them. Not least this nail-biter, Last Will.
Read more here.
23 JANUARY — BOOKS TO DIE FOR is shortlisted for an Edgar
Books To Die For, John Connolly's and Declan Burke's anthology that Liza contributed to, is nominated for the 2013 Edgar Awards, in the 'Best Critical/Biographical' category. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 2, 2013. To see the full list of nominees, please click here.
21 JANUARY — LIFETIME reviewed by Kirkus Reviews
Lifetime, the seventh installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, will be published in the US on April 9 and the pre-publication reviews are already starting to roll in. Here's one from Kirkus Reviews:
"The plot is smart and suspenseful. The agreeably flawed Annika's personal story, which avoids cliches even as her husband falls into one in taking up with a beautiful blonde, draws us in. And Marklund knows her journalistic turf: Her rendering of the methods, internal politics and economics of newspapers is spot on. The best of Marklund's books to be published in the U.S., this work sets readers up for the next installment of the Annika Bengtzon series, A Place in the Sun, with a tantalizing last-minute revelation."
24 SEPTEMBER — LAST WILL released in the UK on Thursday
There are three days to go until Last Will, the sixth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, will be published in the UK. The novel just got a fantastic pre-publication review in Raven Crime Reads:
"Marklund once again proves her credentials amongst the Scandinavian crime posse presenting the reader with not only a perfectly researched and gripping plot line where much can be learnt about a subject not normally addressed in the crime genre, but fuelling the plot with her wonderfully observed characters, intermingling the constraints and challenges for Annika in balancing the demands of her job with her emotional life and the danger that this places her in. An excellent read"
10 SEPTEMBER — THE BOMBER won The Reading Relay Gold Medal
The results are in for The Reading Relay, an Olympic themed Scottish summer reading promotion where readers award bronze, silver and gold medals to the competing books and we are delighted to announce that The Bomber is the winner! Silver medal went to The House of Dust and Dreams by Brenda Reid and there was a dead heat for bronze between The Midas Code by Boyd Morrison and Master of Rome by John Stack. Liza was thrilled to have been chosen by Fife's readers, saying:
I'm so glad and grateful that the Scottish Reading Relay readersenjoyed my novel The Bomber. I know that my heroine can be quite ahandful, but you guys up north on those islands knows how to handle her. You are just as tough as we are up here in Scandinavia...
17 AUGUST — BORDERLINE reviewed in De Volkskrant
Borderline, Annika Bengtzon #9, got a great review in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant:
"Liza Marklund...has sold more than 13 million thrillers in 30 countries, of which 300.000 in the Netherlands alone. She writes in the same socially conscious tradition as her colleagues Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson. With Larsson, she shares the interest for the dark side of Sweden, and like Mankell she writes about the relationship between the 'heavenly' Sweden and the rest of the world. There is, however, a big difference between Marklund and the two other Swedish crime writers. Marklund's main character is called Bengtzon instead of Wallander or Blomkvist: and she is a woman."
9 AUGUST — Books To Die For
Liza is one of the contributors to John Connolly's and Declan Burke's anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. 120 crime and thriller authors around the world have with personal essays come together to create a great guide for crime and mystery lovers and for those of you new to the genre. Other contributors are Dennis Lehane, Minette Walters, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Elmore Leonard and Jo Nesbo among many other great names.
To read more about the book and its contributors, release dates and subjects, please click here
6 AUGUST — Liza interviewed by Barry Forshaw at Theakston'
Liza was one of the guests at the panel discussion 50 Different Words For Murder moderated by Barry Forshaw on the closing day of Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival. Please click here to read a post about the event written by The Venetian Vase. Euro Crime posted a great summary of the event, read it here. You can see pictures from the event on Liza's Facebook
27 JUNE — Signed copies of LAST WILL
To get your own first hardcover edition of Last Will personally autographed by Liza, please click here
8 JUNE — Petrona's book of the month
Last Will was book blogger Petrona's book of the month in May! "A brilliant thriller that combines all the elements I love in a book." To read the full post, please click here.
The novel was also reviewed by Reviewing the Evidence: "Marklund knows how to weave an exciting story out of unexpected materials, and she packs a fair amount of dynamite into the conclusion." Click here to read the full review.
31 MAY — LAST WILL premieres in New Zealand today!
The movie adaptation of Liza's sixth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, Last Will, premieres at the movie theaters in New Zealand today. Click here to find out more.
14 MAY — LAST WILL out in the UK in September
Last Will, the sixth installment in the Annika Bengtzon series, will be published in the UK this September. The novel, which is already out in the US, has been gathering some brilliant reviews:
"Last Will is a fantastic, intelligent crime thriller, containing all the elements I love about the genre /.../ It is a clever, muscular thriller, combining exciting action with analyses of many contemporary issues"
To read the full review, please click here.
To pre-order the book, please click here.
9 MAY — Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
Liza will attend Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate in July. On Sunday July 22nd, Liza will take part in the panel discussion "50 Different Words For Murder". For more info and tickets, please click here.
3 MAY — TV Host
I'm a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, which on occasion makes me do the strangest things. This Tuesday, I was hosting a fundraising TV show, broadcasted live.
About two minutes into the feature, Bjorn Ulvaeus from Abba starts telling the story of the song "Chiquitita": he and Benny Andersson wrote it in 1979 and decided to donate half of the royalties from the song to UNICEF. Over the years, this has rendered close to 20 million kronors (three million dollars) to UNICEF. And, after that, the feature brings you something Bjorn calls "Chiquitita in a new and fresh version".It was a close-to-death-experience, I have to tell you...But in order to help the children of the world, one has to make sacrifices, right?
"What impresses me most about Liza Marklund's novels is that they are intelligent and gripping. As if that isn't enough to raise them above just about everyone else's workóLiza writes lively, often funny dialogue."
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