It is a tradition in Norway at Eastertime, I learned recently, to read mystery and crime novels over the long holiday from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Now, I like Norway, and I like reading, so this just seems too good a tradition not to adopt!
This tradition is of fairly long standing, dating from 1923 when writers Nordahl Grieg and Nils Lie decided to write a crime novel -- but instead of the publisher releasing their book in the autumn as usual at the time, the story ran in an advertisement in a Bergen newspaper just before Palm Sunday, under the headline-looking title "Bergen train looted in the night". This caused great excitement and even consternation -- shades of Orson Welles -- in those who didn't notice the "advert" in fine print at the bottom, and the whole thing proved to be so popular that a number of crime and mystery novels began to be published in the spring. As well as books, radio mysteries were broadcast, and later television shows -- often the great British shows such as the Lord Peter Wimsey series in the 1970s, "Miss Marple" and "Poirot", the Adam Dalgliesh series, and more latterly, "Foyle's War".
Apparently, Påskekrim -- the å is pronounced like the RP "aw" in "law" and "jaw", but "POHS-keh-krihm" is pretty close -- remains to this day a puzzle to the "outside world". The Norwegian Wikipedia writes a little bemusedly, "Not even the Swedes have been infected with the Norwegians' penchant for murder mysteries and suspense." I can't think why, really -- a long holiday, inclement weather, a juicy murder mystery, it sounds like a perfect combination to me!
These are the most popular Norwegian crime writers available in English:
Kjell Ola Dahl
some of whom are discussed at Elusive Moose and in more detail at Scandinavian Books. I have, I confess, only one book by one of these authors -- Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer novel Black Seconds -- mostly because when I went back to the bookstore the other two titles were already gone!