Nights of Awe (An Ariel Kafka Mystery), by Harri Nykänen

In Harri Nykanen’s Nights of Awe, two Arabs are killed in Helsinki. It’s not every day that two people are murdered in Helsinki. That Arabs are killed in Helsinki is extremely rare. Perhaps even stranger than this, however, is the fact that the police inspector assigned to the case, Ariel Kafka, is a Jew. He […]

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Another Time, Another Life, by Leif GW Persson

This fabulous crime fiction novel was deservedly awarded Best Swedish Crime Novel by the Swedish Academy of Crime in 2003. It’s a novel written in that very special, very critical, dwelling yet quite ironic and humorous style that has made its author, Leif GW Persson, one of the most beloved crime fiction writers in Scandinavia. […]

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The Flatey Enigma, by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

The Flatey Enigma (original title Flateyjargáta) is an intriguing and quite original Icelandic crime fiction novel by the very accomplished (but relatively unknown in the English-speaking countries) author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson. The action in the book is set in 1960, when some islanders living on the small island of Flatey, on the west coast of […]

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Vanished, by Liza Marklund – review

Vanished is the third book in Swedish crime fiction author Liza Marklund’s excellent series about news reporter Annika Bengtzon – following The Bomber and Studio Sex (aka Exposed). It has previously been published as Paradise, but has been retranslated and republished as Vanished. The improvement in language is, in my opinion, quite noticeable. We meet […]

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Helsinki White, by James Thompson

The third novel in James Thompson’s series about the very Finnish Helsinki police Inspector Kari Vaara, Helsinki White, has arrived. It takes place in Helsinki soon after the conclusion of the previous novel, Lucifer’s Tears. Life is rough for Inspector Vaara. He is a hero now – the media turned him into a big national […]

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Sail of Stone, by Ake Edwardson

The sixth and most recent novel in Swedish writer Ake Edwardson’s terrific series about the fashion conscious, high brow Chief Inspector Erik Winter of the Gothenburg police is here! Sail of stone (Segel av sten) is a wonderful police procedural, which follows in the footsteps of successes like Frozen Tracks, Death Angels and The Shadow […]

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Anne Holt nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award

Norwegian crime fiction writer Anne Holt has recently been nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel, for her very good “closed room” mystery 1222. This, of course, is a huge honor, and yet another confirmation of the popularity that Scandinavian crime fiction enjoys for the moment. Here is the full list of nominated […]

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Cold Comfort (An Officer Gunnhildur Mystery), by Quentin Bates

Sergeant Gunna – Gunnhildur Gísladóttir – of the Icelandic police is back! The interesting, stubborn heroine of Frozen Assets returns in author Quentin Bates’ follow-up appropriately entitled Cold Comfort. However, it is not quite the same Gunna as we met in the first book in this new series. Gunna has now been promoted to the […]

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