Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hello World

Getting the obligatory first post out of the way.  This is going to be a blog dedicated to reviewing (mostly) crime fiction.  Since did not read crime/mystery novels prior to 2007, I have mostly been reading older fiction, trying to "catch up" on the massive amount that has already been published.

I first started reading crime fiction about three years ago when one of my co-workers recommended Killing Floor by Lee Child.  I have since read all of the Jack Reacher novels and enjoyed them all.  I then branched out into crime fiction by Joseph Finder, Andrew Vachss, Cody McFadyen and others.

One of the most signifcant set of novels I have read is The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, as it incited an interest in Swedish crime fiction, most notably that of Henning Mankell.  Mankell's character Kurt Wallander is quirky, smart, and has a love of coffee and sandwiches.  I find all of these characteristics fascinating, which resulted in my reading nine of his novels since July.  My first book review will be of The Pyramid, the final Wallander novel translated to English.

Keep an eye on the blog for book reviews, and feel free to follow me on twitter @spencerkoch.


  1. Hello Spencer!

    I have added the Wallander series to my list of books to read for 2011. Are these books going to be difficult to find since they've been translated into English?

    I just wanted to be the first to welcome you to the dark side! The Vintage Crime Blog is going to be a huge success because it is backed by your brilliant mind. It'll put my little blog to shame. (hanging my head now) I'm excited to read your reviews and I hope you don't mind if I post your link on my blog (already done) and push it through Twitter and Facebook. I'll do anything to help out another book blogger! should consider attending Bouchercon 2011 next year in St. Louis. I've never been myself, but I know it will be a great place to meet some wonderful crime writers and mingle with other readers.

  2. Sabrina,

    The books are not hard to find. Several of them are available on kindle, and I believe the rest are available as paperback. I have also taken several of the later novels out of the library!

    Feel free to link and publicize as you feel fit! I was not planning on posting the blog to twitter until I had a few posts in the books.

    I am impressed you found the blog given it's been active for about 4 hours. Did you see it as a referrer on your site analytics?

    BTW, I am also considering doing a quick review of Bad Luck and Trouble to quiet the naysayers!