Sofie Grabol in Fortitude, Montalbano’s B&B

The Killing‘s Sofie Grabol, pictured, has signed to star in what Sky Atlantic’s calling its ‘biggest drama to date’. Fortitude is a 13-part co-production with the Starz network in the US, and will also feature Michael Gambon and Stanley Tucci. Created and written by Simon Donald, the man behind Low Winter Sun, it will start filming in London and Reykjavik later this year. Fortitude is set in the midst of a polar landscape, one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime there. Until now. When a British research scientist is murdered, the crime touches everyone in the close-knit community. Sofie Grabol will play the town’s mayor.

Montalbano and Young Montalbano may have said arrivederci to their BBC4 devotees for now, but anyone who’s salivated over Salvo’s lovely beachside house may be interested to know it’s a bed and breakfast for holidaymakers when filming stops. Ivana Micciché has contacted CrimeTimePreview and tells me she had the idea for the B&B in 2004. She sends these pictures of the detective’s house, and says anyone interested in stopping by should check out this site for La Casa di Montalbano.

• So the Crime Writers’ Association has just celebrated its 60th anniversary by voting for its favourite novel, series and author. Here’s the result:

Best Ever Novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
Best Ever Series: Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Best Ever Author: Agatha Christie

Personally, I find Agatha Christie pretty dull – which I know is sacrilege. As a CWA member, I voted for Elmore Leonard (best author), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (novel) and Ken Bruen’s Jack Taylor books (series).

So, I’d like to ask anyone reading this – what’s your poison (so to speak)? Comments welcome below…

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