• Matt Johnson heads to Aye Write

    Matt Johnson heads to Aye Write

    We are thrilled to announce that Wicked Game author Matt Johnson will be appearing at Aye Write! 11th Mar 2016  •  6:00–7:00PM  •  Mitchell Library, Glasgow Bestselling and critically acclaimed crime writer Craig Robertson will introduce Matt and Michelle Davies, in an unforgettable debut event! Matt Johnston is a former soldier and Police officer. He was at the Libyan People’s Bureau when PC Yvonne Fletcher was shot and killed. Whilst undergoing treatment for PTSD, he was encouraged to write about his experience of murders and terrorism. Wicked Game, his debut novel, is the result – a fast-paced and authentic tale of modern-day policing. Michelle Davies has been writing for magazines for twenty years, including Elle, Heat and Grazia. Gone Astray, her debut novel is written from the point of view of DC Maggie Neville, a Family Liaison Officer who is juggling an investigation and a crisis in her own life. Read More

  • Matt Johnson at Deal Noir

    Matt Johnson at Deal Noir

    Wicked Game author Matt Johnson will be appearing at Deal Noir, Saturday 2 April 2016, alongside a host of AMAZING crime writers! Don’t miss!   The Landmark Centre, Deal 129 High Street Deal CT14 6BB   To Book tickets, visit: https://dealnoir.wordpress. Read More

  • Hiekkapelto & Staalesen mini-tour of the UK!

    Hiekkapelto & Staalesen mini-tour of the UK!

    We are completely thrilled to announce that bestselling, award-winning authors Kati Hiekkapelto and Gunnar Staalesen will be hitting London on 7th September for a series of book signings! After that, we have three tour dates planned before we hit Bloody Scotland on 11th September, for a weekend of Scottish crime magic! Kati will be promoting her unbelievably brilliant The Defenceless, beautifully translated by David Hackston, the sequel to The Hummingbird, which was shortlisted for the Petrona Award this year! The Defenceless was best Finnish crime novel of the year in 2014, and I can tell you that the return of Anna Fekete and Esko is NOT to be missed! The book is not published until the end of September, so you will get first-edition, early copies! It’s gritty, dark but such a page-turner! The extraordinary Gunnar Staalesen, one of the fathers of Nordic Noir, will be talking about his fabulous thriller We Shall… Read More

  • Hiekkapelto, Staalesen and Jónasson at Bloody Scotland!

    Hiekkapelto, Staalesen and Jónasson at Bloody Scotland!

    A trio of Orenda authors are hitting Bloody Scotland this year, with some FABULOUS panels organised. Rumour has it that most of the events are almost sold out, so book now to see some brilliant international crime! Kati Hiekkapelto will line up with stunning crime writers Anya Lipska and Eva Dolan on Saturday 12th September at 5pm! Here’s the blurb: Join three authors climbing the bestseller charts who are all expertly writing about an increasing source of conflict – immigration. All three writers’ recent works feature not just migrant victims but also protagonists operating in a foreign land. Fear, racism and prejudice combine to form a powerful and dangerous cocktail leading to violence in Kati Hiekkapelto’s novel The Hummingbird, Eva Dolan’s Tell No Tales and Anya Lipska’s A Devil Under the Skin. Read More

  • Jónasson and Staalesen at Edinburgh Book Festival

    Jónasson and Staalesen at Edinburgh Book Festival

    We’re delighted that both of our fabulous Nordic Noir authors have panels at the illustrious Edinburgh International Book Festival! Ragnar Jónasson will be appearing with Malcolm McKay on WEDNESDAY 19th August (8.45 to 9.45pm), and they’ll be talking about: THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF MURDER Two stars of Icelandic and Scottish crime fiction unite. Glasgow is the stamping-ground for Malcolm Mackay’s anti-heroes and in Every Night I Dream of Hell, crime solver DI Fisher has barely a minute to enjoy locking up some notorious felons when he confronts a different breed of criminal. Ragnar Jónasson’s Snowblind couldn’t be set in a more different spot: a quiet fishing village in northern Iceland. Snowblind translator Quentin Bates will be around earlier in the day, if you’d like a chat! Tickets are going fast, so book now to avoid disappointment! Click here. Read More



    Orenda Books hit Crimefest with a quartet of AMAZING authors! Paul E. Hardisty (Australia), Ragnar Jónasson (Iceland), Kati Hiekkapelto (Finland) and one of the fathers of Nordic Noir himself, Gunnar Staalesen (Norway). It was one of the most exciting festivals we’ve been to in a long time, with fabulous panels and an incredible spirit of camaraderie! A little bird (OK, David Headley of Goldsboro Books) confirmed that Orenda was the TOP-SELLING PUBLISHER at the event. And if that wasn’t enough, Ragnar Jónasson and Paul Hardisty were third and fourth bestsellers, after Lee Child and Maj Sjöwall (a duo who provided one of the most moving, insightful and entertaining interviews of all time).  A highlight had to be Lee Child purchasing his copy of Snowblind and having it signed by Ragnar. Read More

  • Number one on the Kindle charts for Snowblind!

    Number one on the Kindle charts for Snowblind!

    At a very exciting and busy CrimeFest, and on the back of a well-timed Kindle Daily Deal, Ragnar Jónasson‘s stunning Snowblind – the first in the Dark Iceland series of crime novels and beautifully translated by Quentin Bates – knocked The Girl on the Train off the top of the Kindle charts for the first time in many months … and stayed there for 72 hours! It’s still riding high in the charts, and was the tenth bestselling ebook in the whole of the UK last week! Hard to beat for an international author making his debut in English! We’ve got the photos to prove it! 1. Just after midnight – Ragnar’s excitement was infectious. We dragged David Headley, Ragnar’s agent, and Harry Illingworth, co-agent, out of bed to celebrate. Mr Headley kindly provided some pink champagne – quite a lot of it. Read More

  • ORENDA authors are *all over* CrimeFest!

    ORENDA authors are *all over* CrimeFest!

    We are delighted to announce that we’ve got FOUR Orenda authors appearing at CrimeFest this year, and rumour has it that at least three translators will be turning up as well! One of only two non-criminals on the Orenda Books list this year, David F. Ross, author of The Last Days of Disco, will make a special guest appearance with his author comrades on Thursday 14th, so seek us out!   Paul E. Hardisty will be flying over from Australia via London (appearing at the Authors Club on 11th May) to promote his brand-new, fabulous, page-turner of  thriller set in Yemen – The Abrupt Physics of Dying. Read More

  • Kati Hiekkapelto and Ragnar Jonasson at Newcastle Noir

    Kati Hiekkapelto and Ragnar Jonasson at Newcastle Noir

    Award-winning crime author Kati Hiekkapelto will be flying in from Finland to take part in Newcastle Noir this weekend (2/3 May), as part of a fabulous line-up (check it out here: Kati’s debut novel The Hummingbird was met with international acclaim and has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award. The sequel, The Defenceless, which will be published by Orenda Books this September (sampler available at Newcastle Noir) won Best Finnish Crime Novel of 2014. Kati will appear on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm in the ‘New Blood’ panel, with Eva Dolan, Susi Holliday and Susan Wilkins, chaired by Sarah Ward. After the London launch of his magnificent crime thriller Snowblind on 30th April, Ragnar Jonasson will join his translator Quentin Bates and bestselling French crime novelist Dominique Manotti with her translator Ros Schwartz on Sunday 3 May at 11.30am, in a fascinating ‘Crime in Translation’ panel chaired by Jacky Collins. Read More

  • Hardisty & Hiekkepelto talk *New Noir* with Barry Forshaw 11 May!

    Hardisty & Hiekkepelto talk *New Noir* with Barry Forshaw 11 May!

                We’re delighted to announce that Paul E. Hardisty, Canadian-Australian author of the extraordinary debut thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying will be appearing at the Authors Club in London on Monday 11th May, with the fabulous Kati Hiekkapelto. Kati’s debut crime novel The Hummingbird has been shortlisted for the Petrona Award, and its sequel, The Defenceless, will be published in September. Our lovely authors will be in conversation with Barry Forshaw! Here’s what’s happening: Join us for an exciting international evening of readings and discussions about the future of literary noir in a globalised world, with the Australian novelist Paul Hardisty and award-winning Finnish writer, punk singer and performance artist Kati Hiekkapelto Paul Hardisty’s  The Abrupt Physics of Dying has been described as “A stormer of a thriller – vividly written, utterly topical, totally gripping”. Read More