Category Archives: Sweden

Review: THE DYING DETECTIVE by Leif G.W. Persson

Although billed as a standalone novel, with legendary policeman Lars Martin Johansson taking centre stage THE DYING DETECTIVE is not entirely new territory for Persson’s fans. He’s had at least a minor role in all three of the author’s books I’ve previously … Continue reading

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Review: SPRING TIDE by Cilla and Rolf Borjlind

I am generally a little wary of books written by people more used to producing television scripts as the two media require very different skills but I was tempted by this book’s appearance on Raven Crime Read’s list of top … Continue reading

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Review: LINDA, AS IN THE LINDA MURDER by Leif G.W. Persson

A trainee policewoman in her twenties is brutally murdered in the early hours of a weekend morning in the southern Swedish town of Växjö. Her name is Linda Wallin and the investigation into her death is described in lengthy detail … Continue reading

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Review: THE LOST BOY by Camilla Lackberg

In western Sweden’s version of Cabot Cove there is, in the seventh instalment of Lackberg’s series, a nasty death, a historic mystery (of sorts) and a whole load of domesticity. I actually enjoyed this one a little more than its … Continue reading

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Review: THE SECOND DEADLY SIN by Åsa Larsson

When I realised I’d have to return to my hectic job after a relaxing three-week holiday and endure a whole week of 40°C+ temperatures I knew my choice of reading would likely be the key to my mental survival. I’d … Continue reading

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Review: LIFETIME by Liza Marklund

Spoiler warning: The action in LIFETIME starts immediately after the events depicted in LAST WILL and there are lots of connections here to events from the earlier novel so this review will undoubtedly act as a spoiler for the previous … Continue reading

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Review: ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER LIFE by Leif G.W. Persson

I don’t want to spoil any of the elements that made this book remarkable for me so all I’ll be sparse with my summary of the plot, which spans a 25 year period. In 1975 a group of radicals take … Continue reading

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Review: SUMMERTIME DEATH by Mons Kallentoft

After being underwhelmed by the first book in this series I wasn’t exactly excited to read this successor. However as I’d bought it on special before reading the first I figured I’d at least have a go. It is the … Continue reading

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Review: BETRAYAL by Karin Alvtegen

At the outset of this novel Eva and Henrik are a happily married couple, enjoying their home, their toddler son Axel, the life they have built together. Or at least that is how things appear. But underneath this surface civility … Continue reading

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Review: The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

The third of ten novels in a well-planned series THE MAN ON THE BALCONY takes place in 1967 at the tail end of the Swedish summer. In quick succession the bodies of two young girls are found in Stockholm parks … Continue reading

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