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Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Scandinavian Mystery books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Seven Graves One Winter: Politics, Murder, and Corruption in the Arctic (Greenland Crime) (2018)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadIn the remote Arctic community of Inussuk, seven graves are dug at the end of each summer, before the ground freezes. As winter approaches, the question is, will they be enough?When Constable David Maratse is invalided off the force, he moves to a small settlement to live the life of a subsistence hunter and fisherman. But when his long line hooks the body of a politician’s daughter, he finds himself both prime suspect and lead investigator in Greenland’s most sensational murder case.“Seven Graves, One Winter” is the first full novel featuring Greenlandic Police Constable David Maratse. What…
Author(s): Christoffer Petersen

2. Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders) (2015)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadOn a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just days before.As the island’s residents reel…
Author(s): Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy

3. Dark September (2017)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadIt is late September, and Anna Kiehl, a student of anthropology and a single mother, does not return from her evening run in the forest. The next morning, she is found dead. She is naked, her throat is cut, and there is a bouquet of poisonous hemlock on her chest. Police inspector Daniel Trokic is in charge of the investigation, and it leads him to the case of a prominent scientist and specialist in neurochemistry and antidepressants who disappeared eight weeks earlier. Daniel Trokic must get to the killer before he strikes again, but this turns…
Author(s): Inger Wolf

4. Where Have All the Young Girls Gone (Maria Kallio) (2019)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadAfter completing a dangerous mission training police officers in war-torn Afghanistan, Detective Maria Kallio returns to Finland as the head of a new special crimes unit. But what awaits her in her home country is her most challenging and unsettling case yet. Three immigrant Muslim girls, all members of the same social club, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. When the body of a fourth girl is found in the snow, strangled with her own headscarf, the investigation takes on a grim new urgency.Is there a xenophobic serial killer on the loose? A random white nationalist? Or does something more insidious bind the girls? In a…
Author(s): Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman

5. Derailed (Maria Kallio) (2018)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadSeries: Maria Kallio (Book 10) Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: Amazon Crossing; Translation edition (August 7, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1503904490 ISBN-13: 978-1503904491 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2296 in Conspiracy Thrillers (Books) #8933 in Police Procedurals (Books) #11755 in Murder Thrillers Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through…
Author(s): Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman

6. Into Oblivion: An Icelandic Thriller (An Inspector Erlendur Series) (2017)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadInto Oblivion, the follow-up to the gritty prequel Reykjavik Nights, gives devoted fans another glimpse of Erlendur in his early days as a young, budding detective.It’s 1979. A woman swims in a remote, milky-blue lagoon. Steam rises from the water and as it clears, a body is revealed in the ghostly light. Miles away, a vast aircraft hangar rises behind the perimeter fence of the US military base. A sickening thud is heard as a man’s body falls from a high platform.Many years before, a schoolgirl went missing. The world has forgotten her. But Erlendur has not….
Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason

7. Into the Woods: A Different Scandinavian Crime Novel (Detective Lena Franke Series, Book #3) (2017)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadA seven-year-old girl with a life-threatening disease disappears from a small sleepy village in Northern Sweden, and Detective Lena Franke takes on the case. But finding a child in the deep woods is not as easy as Lena expects. Gradually, she realizes the case is more mysterious – and dangerous – than anyone imagined. Somehow, an old, nearly forgotten crime no one in the tight-knit community likes to talk about seems to be linked to the missing child. The question is how. Detective Lena Franke must solve the riddle to save the girl’s life, as well as her own sanity. And the clock is ticking……
Author(s): Erik Boman

8. Divided House (Dark Yorkshire) (2018)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadDI Nathaniel Caslin’s life is a mess. He works the minimum, abuses substances to survive the day and drinks his nights away. A once-promising career is in freefall.Investigating the death of an ex-serviceman in police custody, reveals the disappearance of a young family. No-one noticed. No-one seems to care. In the grip of a bitter, Yorkshire winter, a family home reluctantly offers up its grisly secrets. Out on the moors, a murder scene of horrific brutality demands Caslin’s focused attention. In the search for answers, is anyone who they claim to be?Haunted by the ghosts of the past, Caslin is pushed to…
Author(s): J M Dalgliesh

9. Eighteen Below: A new serial killer thriller from the million-copy Scandinavian sensation (A Fabian Risk Thriller) [Paperback] [Jan 01, 2018] Stefan Ahnhem (2018)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadPlease Read Notes: Brand New, International Softcover Edition, Printed in black and white pages, minor self wear on the cover or pages, Sale restriction may be printed on the book, but Book name, contents, and author are exactly same as Hardcover Edition. Fast delivery through DHL/FedEx express….
Author(s): STEFAN AHNHEM

10. Hell Fire (12) (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) (2017)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to Read  A gruesome tableau awaits Inspector Konrad Sejer in the oppressive summer heat: a woman and a young boy lay dead in a pool of blood near a dank trailer. The motivation behind the deaths of Bonnie Hayden and her five-year-old son, Simon, is mysterious—there is no sign of robbery. Who would brutally stab a defenseless woman and her child? In a parallel story, another mother, Mass Malthe, navigates life with her adult son, Eddie. It’s a relationship some would call too close, since Eddie’s father, a man he obsesses over, abandoned them many years ago. As Sejer searches…
Author(s): Karin Fossum

11. KULT: A dark and gripping crime thriller full of twists and suspense (2019)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to ReadBut Luke Bergmann, a reformed criminal still haunted by his violent past, believes they are wrong. The dead man, Viktor, was his best friend, and Luke knows he would never commit such a horrific crime. Alone, he embarks on an investigation which reaches back through decades to his friend’s involvement with a sinister cult and dark secrets are exposed as Luke struggles to keep his own long-buried demons hidden away.And when Luke finds himself in a killer’s sights, his search for the truth becomes the fight of his life. Fans of The Killing, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jo Nesbø and Will Dean will love this dark and gripping…
Author(s): Stefan Malmström, Martin Cheadle, Suzanne

12. The Murder of Harriet Krohn (Inspector Sejer Mysteries) (2015)

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to Read  Charlo Torp, a newly recovered gambler, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn’s apartment, flowers in hand. Determined to pay off his debts, Charlo plans to steal the old woman’s antique silver collection. But he didn’t expect her to put up a fight. The following morning, Inspector Sejer is called to the scene to investigate. Harriet is dead, her silver missing, and the only clue in the apartment is an abandoned bouquet. When Charlo sees the news, he knows he should be relieved, but he’s heard of Sejer’s amazing record — the detective…
Author(s): Karin Fossum

Dark atmospheres, richly developed characters, vivid sense of place, complex plots—these are just a few of the qualities that the Scandinavian crime fiction genre boasts, and they are all qualities that shine in the books I’ve selected for my Best Scandinavian Crime Novels of 2018. As CBTB readers w All the info there on the meanings of Scandinavia / the Nordic countries / Fennoscandia / the Scandinavian peninsula concurs with what I’ve read elsewhere, books, articles etc. The link saved me writing stuff out. Wikipedia is considerably better than it used to be and there are many articles that show signs of academic input if you know the topic. Although that’s not to say there are no errors. Books shelved as scandinavian-mystery: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, The Girl Crime fiction has been popular in Scandinavia for years, but this is the book that got the rest of the world hooked. A searing family saga, a decades-old locked-room mystery (of sorts), a complicated financial web and an incredible revenge fantasy all rolled into one—there truly is something for everyone. Buy the book Amazon.com: scandinavian mystery books. Skip to main content. Try Prime All Go Search EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart. Today’s Deals Your Amazon.com Gift Cards Help

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