Tag Archives: crime fiction

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 … Continue reading

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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? Continue reading

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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.” Continue reading

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Anne Holt: Fear Not (2011)

Anne Holt’s female protaganist just can’t keep away from poking her nose into her husband’s crime investigation but it proves to be an asset rather than a liability. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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.  … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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? Continue reading

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2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge – from Bookish

For book lovers: Eve over at Bookish has created a TBR challenge for 2014. I would better with deadlines so this is just what I need to get through some of the books that seem to be breeding in my study, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Hypnotist – by Lars Kepler, Ann Long (Translation)

I love Swedish crime fiction, and this is my first encounter with Lars Kepler. It is not for the faint – hearted but then do the faint-hearted read crime fiction. If this was true crime, I would have refused to read it, as it is graphic and violent in parts. Continue reading

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