There’s a fun article in next week’s (5-11 July) issue of Radio Times, in which Alison Graham takes the shortlist for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award and wonders which would translate best to television.
The shortlist is as follows:
‘Dying Fall’ by Elly Griffiths (about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway, who sounds rather like a Vera Stanhope clone);
‘The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter’ by Malcolm Mackay (hardboiled novel about a gangland hit);
‘The Red Road’ by Denise Mina (Glasgow-set tale of murder and child abuse);
‘Eleven Days’ by Stav Sherez (chalk-and-cheese cops solve a murder in a convent);
‘The Chessmen’ by Peter May (the third in his Isle of Lewis based crime series); and
‘Rubbernecker’ by Belinda Bauer (psychological thriller involving Asperger’s syndrome medical student).
Ms Graham’s vote for the best translation to Sunday night telly is for either May’s Fin Macleod or Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway. My own favourite would also be Peter May, both because the first book in the series was an absolute cracker, and because the Isle of Lewis would be an amazing place to film a tv series. Think Ann Cleeves’ Shetland only bleaker!
As for the books, I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of them, but I hope to put that right during the year.