Book review: The Final Days of Abbot Montrose. An Asbjørn Krag Mystery

The Final Days of Abbot Montrose

The Final Days of Abbot Montrose:
An Asbjørn Krag Mystery,
by Sven Elvestad
was first published in 1917.
Translated from the Norwegian by
Kazabo Publishing
204 pages
Mystery/Norwegian Literature


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If you are a recurrent visitor here, you know how much I enjoy both literature in translation and classic mysteries.
So I was thrilled when I was contacted by Chiara at Kazabo Publishing. They specialize indeed in publishing books that at one point were best sellers in their respective countries, but never got translated into English until now.
Here is the book I received from the publisher: The Final Days of Abbot Montrose. It was first published in Norwegian in 1917, by Sven Elvestad, aka Stein Riverton (1884-1934), who ended up being the father of Norwegian detective fiction and the inventor of the Norwegian police procedural (as is specified in the Foreword by Chiara Giacobbe ). So much so that a Norwegian crime literature award is now named after him.
Obviously, I had never heard of this author before and was eager to discover his writing. Or a glimpse of it, as he wrote over 90 books, as well as many articles (he was a journalist), essays, and short stories. Click to continue reading