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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?

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.
Author(s): Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy

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.
Author(s): Inger Wolf

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.
Author(s): Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman

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) #2…
Author(s): Leena Lehtolainen, Owen F. Witesman

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.
Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason

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.
Author(s): Erik Boman

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.
Author(s): J M Dalgliesh

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

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.
Author(s): Karin Fossum

KULT: A dark and gripping 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.
Author(s): Stefan Malmström, Martin Cheadle, Suzanne

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.
Author(s): Karin Fossum

Best Scandinavian Mystery Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some scandinavian mystery books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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