Category Archives: Nordic Challenge 2011

Review: Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst

Dregs is the sixth novel in Jørn Lier Horst’s series featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting who lives and works in Stavern south of Oslo, though annoyingly (for the linguistically challenged like myself) it’s the first to be translated to English. … Continue reading

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Review: Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

After a hiccup (I had discarded the book once but you convinced me to give it another go) I thoroughly enjoyed Jo Nesbø’s The Redbreast and bought the rest of the series before I’d even finished the first book. I … Continue reading

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Review: The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

In a holiday caravan park on the Swedish island of Gotland a man is shot while jogging early one morning and police are, at first, baffled by the crime. The man owned a successful construction business, had a loving wife … Continue reading

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Review: Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Note: this book is published in the US as The Keeper of Lost Causes and is referred to at the author’s website as The Woman in the Cage. Given that everyone in the world has already read this book (refer … Continue reading

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Review: Detective Inspector Huss by Helene Tursten

When wealthy Swedish businessman Richard von Knecht falls to his death from his apartment balcony everyone assumes it is suicide. Naturally enough for a mystery novel there is soon evidence that leads police to believe von Knecht was actually murdered … Continue reading

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Review: Misterioso by Arne Dahl

Misterioso opens with an odd prologue featuring a darts-playing bank employee engaging in his daily ritual of opening the bank for which he works. We then jump to a completely unrelated event in which a Kosovar refugee who has recently … Continue reading

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Review: Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson

When seventeen year old Wilma Persson and her boyfriend Simon go diving in northern Sweden’s Lake Vittangijärvi they’re simply after a bit of adventure. Looking for the wreckage of a German plane rumoured to have crashed into the lake during … Continue reading

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Review: The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar

The Hypnotist by a husband and wife team writing as Lars Kepler is the latest Swedish novel to gain widespread attention in the crime fiction world. It starts out with the brutal murder of a man, his wife and young … Continue reading

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Review: Burned by Thomas Enger

On his first day back at work after nearly 2 years’ absence Henning Juul, a reporter for an online news outlet, is immediately thrown into a major investigation. A young female film student has been found (by the ubiquitous dog … Continue reading

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Review: The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg

Patrik Hedström and his partner Erica Falck have a 2 month old daughter Maya and neither of them are getting much rest. Patrik at least gets to escape to office but Erica feels trapped, especially with Patrik’s judgemental and domineering … Continue reading

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