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Invisible Murder – Book Review

With the topic of refugees and terrorism very much in the news, this novel by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, is written for our time and makes for illuminating reading.   Two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for something to sell in the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital. Purportedly to improve the lives… Continue reading Invisible Murder – Book Review

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Not Your Average Crime Novel – ‘Unwanted’

'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' 'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' Suspicion immediately falls upon the husband who has previously been violent towards his estranged wife in the past, but is he really the killer?

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Shadow – Book by Karin Altvegen

"When does the first flake fall that will form the snowball? At what stage does the movement start? Nowadays people talk a lot about chasing happiness. There are a multitude of books courses about being happy. Is it something worth striving for? From the Scandinavian realms, Karin Altvegen explores this in her psychological thriller novel, "Shadow."

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Enjoy Scandinavia without the long flight!

A while ago, I was invited to write a post about Scandinavian books and have reproduced some sections and updated others here so grab a cuppa, make some waffles and enjoy a literary trip through novels I have recently read.

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Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs and Quotes

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs,… Continue reading Proverbial Thursday – Global Proverbs and Quotes

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Friday Fiction Review : Hypothermia – by Arnaldur Indridason

Reykjavik Murder Mystery It is a cold Autumn night, the ice has already formed in chunks on Lake Thingvellirvatn… In a holiday cottage a Doctor’s wife is found hanging. She has a history of depression and her Mother recently died of a terminal illness. But is it suicide

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30 Day Book Challenge: Favourite Author

Day 19 - Karin Fossum Often called the Norwegian Queen of Crime, Karin Fossum is undoubtedly my favourite, although she does have competition from the likes of other Scandinavian writers. I have read all but two of her 13 books that have been translated to English, most of them featuring the strong and dependable Police… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Favourite Author

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30 Day Book Challenge – Author I wish people would read more.

DAY 17. - Elsebeth Egholm  An Author I wish people would read more. "Elspeth who?" I hear the Australians, who read my blog, say with a rising inflection!!!  For this author is almost unknown in that part of the world.  Hailing from Denmark, she has only had two of her six novels, translated to English,… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Author I wish people would read more.

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The 30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2. – Favourite Side Character

Day 2 really made me think. I have a lot of favourite side characters in film and television, particularly Scandinavian crime series, but do I have a favourite side character in a novel??? I really like the brash, but family-minded and a bit impulsive,  Martinsson, who often goes off half-cocked, in the Kurt Wallander (Henning… Continue reading The 30 Day Book Challenge – Day 2. – Favourite Side Character

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Book Review – Karin Fossum “Broken”

As most bloggers have a passion to write,  I have picked the following novel to review, from one of Norway's most popular authors, Karin Fossum, as it is a story that gives a window into an author's life and their thinking processes. Reading this book, after having visited the town in which it was set,… Continue reading Book Review – Karin Fossum “Broken”

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Crime Fiction Book Review – Camilla Lackberg The Lost Boy

Camilla Lackberg is the top selling Swedish author who has a series of crime fiction mysteries, starring author and mother Erica Falck and her detective husband Patrik Hedstrom. A man is found dead in his flat, shot through the back of the head, yet there seems to be no one who thinks he is anything but a likeable, responsible guy without any dark secrets. But does he actually have a double life? Who would want to kill him? At the same time, Erica's former classmate has returned to live on the island off the coast of Fjallbacka, "Ghost isle" an island that has been abandoned for years. Is there a connection between the two? Does the Ghost Isle hold some dark secrets of it own?

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Book Review – “The Snowman”- Jo Nesbø; Harry Hole Series

Harry Hole gets under your skin, and you feel ambivalent about him as a cop. There is much to dislike, in Nesbø tough, cool and marginal hero, but still we like him because he is almost as familiar as a dog-eared toothbrush. Just when you are feeling comfortable, it is at an end and time… Continue reading Book Review – “The Snowman”- Jo Nesbø; Harry Hole Series