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Scandals in Scandinavia

Think life is calmer where it's colder? These mystery and suspense novels set in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland will prove that theory wrong.

 

Don't Look Back

A young girl from a small Norwegian town disappears and then returns unharmed. Meanwhile the search party uncovers the body of a popular teenager from the same town. During the course of the investigation, Inspector Konrad Sejer discovers that the teenager hasn't been the same since the accidental death of a child she was babysitting. This mystery shows us, once again, that people living in a small town think they know each other, when really they don't.

 

Smilla's Sense of Snow

The half Danish, half Greenlander sleuth, Smilla Jaspersen is an expert on snow and ice. While looking into the fall of a young boy from the roof of her apartment building, she uses her snow expertise and uncovers conspiracies that reach back to WWII. This is an absorbing suspense novel set in unusual locations.

 

Silence of the grave

This excellent Icelandic crime novel expertly weaves stories of the discovery of a skeleton buried for fifty years, domestic abuse during WWII, missing persons, family secrets, and the very personal relationship of the Inspector Erlendur Sveinnson and his drug addicted daughter, currently in a coma.

 

Sun Storm

Harried junior law partner Rebecca Martinsson is called by her childhood friend who has been accused of murdering her brother. This sucks Rebecca back into the world of the religious cult she thought she had left behind. She finds the church even more bizarre than when she left, and the motives for murder become stranger yet.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This massive bestseller is the first in the Larsson trilogy, which continues with The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. A wealthy Swede wants to know the truth about what happened to his great niece who disappeared forty years before. When disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist teams up with investigator and hacker Lisbeth Salander, they uncover more dirt and scandalous secrets than you would think one family could hold.

 

Sidetracked: a Kurt Wallander Mystery

This is the fifth book in the Inspector Kurt Wallander series (the third released in the U.S.) and is told from both the point of view of the detective and the serial killer he is hunting. As Inspector Wallander tries to unravel the connection between the four victims, the reader comes to understand the psyche of the murderer.

 

Nemesis

Norwegian Detective Harry Hole is a recovering alcoholic who awakes one morning with a killer hangover and thinks he has fallen off the wagon. He finds, however, that his lady friend from the previous night has been murdered and he is the prime suspect. His rival is doing the investigating and might be trying to frame him. And her death may be linked to the bank robbery Hole and his partner are currently investigating.

 

Snow Angels

Set in northern Finland during the two weeks of complete winter darkness, this noir novel paints a stark picture of the land and those who inhabit it. A minor film star is murdered and Police Chief Vaara is drawn into the investigation, to the detriment of his new marriage. When he finds out his pregnant wife might be involved, he presses on despite the potential negative outcomes.