Posted by: gisspar | July 9, 2009

Homicide rate inversely proportional to population of mystery writers?

Seems to be that way for Scandinavia anyway. Slate’s reason (the most poetic anyway):

What distinguishes these books is not some element of Nordic grimness but their evocation of an almost sublime tranquility. When a crime occurs, it is shocking exactly because it disrupts a world that, at least to an American reader, seems utopian in its peacefulness, happiness, and orderliness.

Personally, I haven’t dedicated much time to delving into my own fondness for them. Possibly the Scandinavian heritage; possibly the general strength of the cover designs; possibly a fondness of puzzles that extends to mysteries. Also I’m not terribly thrilled by the current trend in the ‘pick a hobby with which you can craft clever puns for the title and the murder’ mysteries (wine, coffee, baking, puzzles, knitting, cats, birding, etc) that seem to have invaded the shelves.



  1. Hmmm, that was interesting. Looks like somethings will always remain mystery.

    I myself have been trying to solve the mystery of this legend for a while now. Could not understand much though.

    Let me know in case you get to understand the mystery of the Old Hound and the Legend

    By the way, good writing style. I’d love to read more on similar topics


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