Ewa Sherman


Books reviewed by Ewa Sherman

Big Sister

Bergen’s PI Varg Veum is approached by a woman who introduces herself as his older half-sister and who wants him to find her missing goddaughter. The search for 19-year-old Emma takes Veum on a personal journey into the past.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Boy at the Door

Cecilia Wilborg’s picture-perfect Scandinavian life is threatened when a small, lonely and vulnerable boy enters her world. She’s determined to protect her family and status in the wealthy Norwegian town, and takes extraordinary measures to keep her dark secrets hidden. 

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Reckoning

A chilling message found in a school’s time capsule says that six people will be killed. The threat has been written ten years ago. Disgraced detective Huldar is assigned to investigate this seemingly non-case.

Reviewed on 24 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Darkness

As 64-year-old Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik police is forced into early yet unwelcome retirement, she can work on one cold case of her choice. Hulda takes on the apparent suicide of a Russian asylum seeker Elena. But ignored by her colleagues and plagued by painful memories she seems to be heading into real danger.

Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Master and Margarita

A mysterious Professor of Black Magic arrives with his bizarre entourage in Moscow to wreak havoc among the city’s intellectual elite and ordinary citizens. He soon becomes interested in the fate of the Master and his manuscript about Pontius Pilate.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Sons

After six years in prison, Sweden’s most notorious bank criminal Leo Duvnjac is free, acquitted of most of the bank robberies he and his two younger brothers pulled off. While behind bars he planned the biggest heist ever. But a bitter cop is on his case.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Macbeth

Inspector Macbeth is the best cop, able to clean up any mess, such as a drug bust turned into a bloodbath. He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

Reviewed on 13 October 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Shadow Killer

When a travelling salesman is found shot in a basement flat, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied forces as it’s 1941 and British and American soldiers are stationed in Iceland. But the investigation takes a turn into the past and uncovers evidence of dubious experiments carried out on Icelandic boys.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Ice Swimmer

When a man’s body is discovered in the freeing waters of Oslo harbour, city detectives Gunnarstanda and Stigersand face a very complicated case, leading them into the murky world of political secrets.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Marked for Revenge

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius needs to deal with the case of a Thai girl who died on a train while smuggling heroin capsules in her stomach, as well as trying to protect her own old identity. She fears that a notorious criminal Danilo will uncover her past.

Reviewed on 14 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Silent Girl

Leading criminal profiler Sebastian Bergman again joins Riksmord, the national police homicide unit based in Stockholm, to search for a killer who has gunned down a whole family in a small, quiet Swedish town.

Reviewed on 04 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Fire Pit

On the Faroe Islands local detective Hjalti Hentze investigates the suicide of an old drunk. In Denmark the British DI Jan Reyna searches for answers to his past. Both men realise that both stories might be connected.

Reviewed on 01 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman

When Time Runs Out

As a young man fires shots from a rooftop in downtown Helsinki, his mother and sister are confronted with a horrifying truth, and the realisation of what has been happening to their loved one.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Whiteout

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of a deserted village. Siglufjörður’s detective Ari Thór and his former boss Tómas investigate whether she jumped, or whether something more sinister or supernatural happened to her.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Anthill Murders

1972. A serial killer is hunting young women in Oslo. He strangles them and leaves a cut-out picture of an ant by each body. Brilliant Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen fears that he won’t be able to catch the murderer.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Hydra

Investigative journalist Scott King delves into a family massacre, told by the killer and five witnesses, through six podcasts.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Hellfire

A mother and her five-year-old child are found murdered in an abandoned caravan. Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer believes that the killing has been planned but the initial investigation leads nowhere.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Holy Ceremony

Lieutenant Ariel Kafka from the Violent Crime Unit in Helsinki investigates a bizarre case of a woman’s body stolen from a morgue. He’s been chosen by someone who wants to exact revenge and who might be a perpetrator or a severely damaged soul.

Reviewed on 23 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Silenced

A viciously savaged body is found in the water. Detective Inspector Julia Gabrielsson investigates the macabre case, and gets pulled into a web of political scheming.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Man Who Died

Jaakko Kaunismaa, a successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, is told that he’s been poisoned and hence on the verge of death. He decides to find his own murderer.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Certain Signs That You Are Dead

A badly injured patient vanishes at Akershus University Hospital. The Iranian porter Arash is blamed as he later finds the body in the basement. But as the retired pathologist Jenny Plåterud gets involved, things get messier and more complicated.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Earth Storm

Detective Malin Fors investigates cases of two opposing voices: murder of a right-wing extremist and a missing left-wing teenage activist, connected through words and actions, and as soon becomes apparent, also though the mysterious person who made them suffer.

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Maria in the Moon

Catherine has a great memory, but she cannot remember what happened when she was nine years old.  She feels desperate to unlock her past to understand herself and those around her.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Bloody Scotland

A collection of short stories by 12 of Scotland’s best crime writers using the country’s iconic sites and structures.

Reviewed on 28 April 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Darkest Day

The Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate father Karl-Erik and eldest daughter Ebba’s joint landmark birthdays. But underneath the smiles, tensions are running high. Before the festivities are over two members of the family are missing. Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti must find out what has happened.

Reviewed on 14 April 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Berlin Syndrome

When Australian photographer Clare meets Berliner Andi, she has no idea that she will become a prisoner in his flat and his twisted world of love and secrets.

Reviewed on 31 March 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Watching You

Detective Sam Berger is convinced that a third missing 15-year-old girl is in fact another victim of a serial killer. He’s forced to deal with his long-buried personal demons to understand and catch the murderer.

Reviewed on 17 March 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Hermit

When police find an abandoned car with a body of a small boy in a cardboard box on the back seat, they want to close the investigation quickly. Erhard, an old Danish recluse and a taxi driver on the island of Fuerteventura, decides to solve the murder.

Reviewed on 03 March 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Lake

The remains of a young woman, tied to a stone, are discovered in a lake in the Danish countryside. After fruitless investigation by the local police, the case finds its way to the Copenhagen Homicide Department.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman

3 Minutes

Former government agent Piet Hoffman is on the run from his old life in Sweden. Now he tries to survive as an infiltrator of the Colombian mafia on which he also informs for the Americans. Then things get terribly complicated.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman

Snare

Sonja survives on a cocktail of cocaine smuggling and love for her young son. Desperate to escape drug barons’ snare and to win full custody of Tomas she must become more daring and entrepreneurial. But things are getting dangerous.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Killing Bay

A body of a woman is found following the clash between international activists and local fishermen on the Faroe Islands. Detective Hjalti Hentze wants to find out if there is a connection between the murder and the slaughter of whales.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Thirst

A woman is found dead after a Tinder date, and marks left on her body indicate that the killer used iron teeth to kill her, and then drink her blood. Oslo’s ex-detective Harry Hole reluctantly gets involved in a search for a vampirist.

Reviewed on 20 January 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Shadow District

In wartime Reykjavik, a body of a young woman is found behind the National Theatre. An Icelander and a Canadian start investigation. In the present times an old man is discovered dead in his own bed. Newspaper cuttings found in his home report that particular death.

Reviewed on 06 January 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Secret History of Twin Peaks

The co-creator of the landmark TV series Twin Peaks brings more information and mystery from the iconic fictional town.

Reviewed on 16 December 2017 by Ewa Sherman

When It Grows Dark

Stavern 1983. As Christmas is approaching the young policeman and a father of baby twins William Wisting becomes engrossed in an old mystery of an abandoned classic car. He’s determined to uncover 60-year-old secrets.

Reviewed on 25 November 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Butterfly on the Storm

A young Afghan boy is found in the woods outside Amsterdam, apparently a victim of a hit-and-run. Journalist Farah Hafez realises that he speaks her native language and decides to investigate the events that led to the accident.


Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Wolves in the Dark

Bergen’s most famous private investigator Varg Veum is accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into jail. Desperate to clear his name, he must unravel his own hazy memories of failed jobs and uncomfortable assignments.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Six Stories

In 1996 teenager Tom Jeffries vanished from an Outward Bound centre. His body was found a year later. In 2017 in a series of podcasts investigative journalist Scott King attempts to discover what really happened.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Souls of Air

Malin Fors, Linköping’s top detective, deals with a matter too close for comfort – her daughter Tove has discovered the dead body of one of the residents at the care home where she works.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Quicksand

Rich teenager Maja Norberg is accused of killing four students and a teacher at school. As the trial starts, the prosecutor and the defender battle to prove their points. But is she is a cold-blooded murderer, or a girl who lost her way?

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Exiled

Finnish police officer Anna Fekete returns to her home town in the former Yugoslavia for a well-deserved summer holiday. But when her handbag and passport are stolen, she realises that there are other deep-rooted reasons why the Romany thief chose to target her.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Bird Tribunal

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn takes a job as a housekeeper and a gardener in a remote house on an isolated fjord. Her mysterious silent employer establishes strict rules. But as they both await return of his wife from travels, Allis starts making very unsettling discoveries.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Faithless

When a scalded body of a woman wrapped in plastic is found in a dumpster, Inspector Frank Frølich has to search for the killer – and also to face his private nearly-forgotten demons. 

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Crow Girl

A gruesome discovery leads Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg into a horrendous world of abuse of trafficked children, and also into a personal and professional relationship with a psychotherapist working with young victims of abuse.

Reviewed on 22 July 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Cursed

Crime reporter Henning Juul, scarred emotionally and physically, becomes involved in his ex-wife Nora Klemetsen’s search for a missing woman. The investigation leads them into the sinister past of a very wealthy Norwegian family.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Good Girls Don't Tell

A tortured body of a man is found in an allotment shed. Inspector Magnus Kalo and his team are mystified, especially due to the lack of information about the victim. Eventually they find a connection to a past event in Argentina.

Reviewed on 24 June 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Legacy

Out of his depth detective Huldar and the child psychologist Freyja must work together to get any information from seven-year-old Margrét, the only witness to her mother’s horrific murder.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Chameleon People

Inspector Kolbjørn Kristiansen’s quiet evening is shattered when a young cyclist turns up at his apartment. He has run away from a crime scene but proclaims his innocence, even though he’s in possession of a bloodied knife used to kill a prominent politician.

Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Mine

Investigative reporter Janne Vuori travels to the north of Finland to uncover the truth about an industrial corruption threatening lives and environment in the area by a nickel mine.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Ice Lands

Four friends embark on a road trip to escape reality and to heal their professional and personal lives. But their adventure takes a macabre turn when they crash in the fog into a strange farmhouse, fortified and barricaded, and surrounded by butchered animals.

Reviewed on 14 April 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Tunnel

Danny Katz searches for the killer of his former drug dealer Ramón. While following the faint trail of Ramón’s missing girlfriend Jenny, Katz is pulled into the darkest corners of Stockholm’s porn industry.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Man Who Wasn't There

The long-buried bodies of six people are found in a mountain grave. The Criminal Investigation Department from Stockholm, including brilliant but arrogant profiler Sebastian Bergman, is called to the scene.

Reviewed on 01 April 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Ice Beneath Her

A beheaded body of a young woman is found in an upmarket home of a controversial retail king. Stockholm’s homicide detectives and a criminal profiler are shocked when they realise that the murder resembles an unsolved case from years ago.

Reviewed on 18 March 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Cut

Gabriel’s pregnant girlfriend is abducted. To find her and the serial killer he is forced to face the horrific past he’s been running away from for nearly three decades.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Ewa Sherman

A Death in the Family

Wilmon Bengu is found murdered but his son detective Kubu isn’t allowed to investigate his father’s death. Kubu goes against his superiors but soon needs to follow a series of murders connected to the Chinese owners of a mining company.

Reviewed on 21 February 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Other Son

Sophie Brinkmann is an ordinary nurse who regrets falling in love with the major crime lord Hector Guzman. But following a vicious attack he is left in coma and she has to take control of his empire, as both his friends and enemies won’t leave her in peace.

Reviewed on 18 February 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Invisible Man From Salem

Disgraced police officer Leo Junker is first on the murder scene at his apartment block when a young woman is shot dead. But he’s shocked to discover her holding a familiar necklace. This event starts unravelling some strange connections to his youth.

Reviewed on 04 February 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Why Did You Lie?

Four people are stranded in a small lighthouse on a rock surrounded by raging sea. An ordinary couple return from home-swap in America to find their guests apparently missing. A journalist on the track of an old case hangs himself in his own garage. Someone is determined to punish them.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Dying Detective

Following a stroke the retired Chief of the National Crime Police and the Swedish Security Service meets a neurologist who wants him to look into an old case. Twenty-five years ago a young Iranian girl was raped and killed, and the perpetrator never found.

Reviewed on 07 January 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Blackout

A body of a murdered man is found in a remote location on the shores of a serene fjord in northern Iceland. Young policeman Ari Thór Arason investigates the case while a reporter from Reykjavík escapes the volcanic ash cloud and makes her own enquiries.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Wednesday Club

Memories of the Finnish Civil War in 1918 affect everyone: members of the exclusive Wednesday Club, run by a lawyer Claes Thune, and also his secretive working-class secretary Mrs Matilda Wiik. It’s 1938 and Hitler’s expansion in Europe causes both admiration and anger. The past and present collide.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

A Suitable Lie

Andy, a widower and a single dad to a small boy, cannot believe his luck when he meets Anna, full of life and beauty. Their idyll seems complete until the wedding night when a visit to the hospital might be a clue that things could be far from perfect.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

In the Name of Love

Young and beautiful but rude and dysfunctional Lena Sundman was brutally murdered on one of the Swedish islands. To start with a family of Iraqi refugees falls under suspicion, but nothing is as clear cut as the ordinary inhabitants and the wealthy weekenders would like to think. 

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Epiphany Jones

Jerry Dresden, deeply troubled and unhappy, is accused of murdering his work colleague and of stealing a Van Gogh painting from the Chicago museum. While on the run he becomes involved with Epiphany, an emotionally damaged young woman who listens to voices from God.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Ice Child

In the frozen forest a traumatised semi-naked girl wanders aimlessly. When she finally reaches a road, the approaching car fails to stop. The accident leaves the police and the local community completely shaken.

Reviewed on 12 November 2016 by Ewa Sherman

MemoRandom

When police officer David Sarac awakes from a violent car accident in Stockholm he realises that everybody, including his friends and enemies, is searching for Janus, the informant he’s handling.

Reviewed on 29 October 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Blood Strand

Jan Reyna, a British police detective, returns to the Faroe Islands where he was born when his estranged father is found unconscious in a car, with a shotgun by his side. Traces of someone else’s blood are found at the scene.

Reviewed on 15 October 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Final Word

Crime reporter Annika Bengtzon is revisiting an old story of a young woman Josefin murdered by her violent boyfriend, a case that deeply touched her own life. She also reports on the court case of the savage killing of a homeless man. But the mysterious disappearance of her sister leaves her distraught.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Vanished

When Detective Konrad Simonsen returns to work after a heart attack, he’s called as an observer to a violent school shooting, and assigned to deal with a minor case of a dead postman. He soon finds a tenuous link between these two and decides to follow it.  

Reviewed on 17 September 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Where Roses Never Die

A violent robbery at an exclusive jewellery shop goes completely wrong. Bergen’s private investigator Varg Veum is asked to look through details of an old case of a missing child. Will he find a connection between these two crimes which happened nearly 25 years apart?

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Medusa

Local doctor Axel Glenne is linked to the deaths of two women who seem to have been mauled by a bear. He needs to prove his innocence as the net of suspicion around him tightens with surprising speed, and to find his elusive twin brother Brede before another victim is claimed.

Reviewed on 20 August 2016 by Ewa Sherman

My Name Is N

Ernst Grip of the Swedish Security Police is summoned to the USA to interrogate a prisoner, accused of involvement in the terrorist attack. Then he meets the man called N.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Chosen

The terrifying Paper Boy arrives at night, carefully chooses his victims, mostly children, and disappears. Later the mutilated bodies are found with paper bags on their heads. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht have to stop him from claiming more lives.

Reviewed on 23 July 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Abigale Hall

Two sisters are sent away by their aunt to work at an isolated Welsh mansion. Amongst the dark and cold rooms they are surrounded by rumours of missing maids and a young bride who disappeared before her wedding.

Reviewed on 09 July 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Midnight Sun

Jon Hansen is on the run after betraying Oslo’s biggest crime lord, the Fisherman. But hiding in a small town in the far north of Norway, close to the Arctic Circle, brings its own dangers, and the never-ending daylight is just one of them.

Reviewed on 25 June 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Ordeal

Chief Inspector William Wisting is bothered by both the unsolved case of a taxi driver who disappeared in winter, and criticism from the press and the public.

Reviewed on 11 June 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Wicked Game

Robert Finlay is in his late 40s, and he returns to uniform policing in London. He hopes that his deeply concealed SAS secrets and traumatic experiences will never be revealed. But the past comes to haunt him in the most horrendous way when two of his former colleagues are murdered.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Mainlander

Young teacher Colin Bygate sees his student just about to throw himself into the sea – but the search for the boy only aggravates Colin’s wife and the community in Jersey.

Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Water Angels

A married couple are found murdered in their home, and their adopted five-year-old daughter has vanished. Inspector Malin Fors, struggling with her own demons, starts to investigate.

Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Victim Without A Face

The instant Detective Fabian Risk leaves Stockholm and moves with his family to his hometown of Helsingborg, he becomes involved in a string of horrendous murders of his schoolfriends.

Reviewed on 02 April 2016 by Ewa Sherman

A Summer With Kim Novak

Two teenage friends, Erik and Edmund, know that the holidays will be a testing time for them, due to family circumstances. But they don’t realise that when a body is found near the summerhouse where they’re staying, their lives will be changed for ever.

Reviewed on 12 March 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Nightblind

In a quiet fishing village in the northern tip of Iceland a police inspector is shot at close range. Ari Thór searches for the clues in the darkness of a long cold winter and in people’s memories.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Europa Blues

A gangster is eaten by wolverines in Stockholm Zoo. A celebrated professor is executed in the Jewish cemetery. Eight East European women from a refugee hostel disappear. The Intercrime Unit investigates how and why these cases might be connected.

Reviewed on 13 February 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Hanging Girl

Seventeen years ago a beautiful girl disappeared from school, only to be found dead, hanging in a tree. Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, is called to investigate the old case and discovers a bizarre cult hidden from prying eyes.

Reviewed on 30 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Defenceless

A young Pakistani Christian, who fled to Finland to escape persecution, is denied asylum and gets caught in drugs and gangs warfare. An old man in pyjamas is found dead in the road. Detective Anna Fekete investigates whether there could be a connection between the two.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Voices Beyond

Jonas is excited about summer on the island where his family run a holiday resort. But when he encounters a terrifying ghost ship one night, only an elderly islander wants to solve the mystery that threatens the calm and peace of all visitors.

Reviewed on 02 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Dark As My Heart

Aleksi’s mother disappeared without a trace when he was only 13. Twenty years later he is convinced that a charismatic millionaire Henrik Saarinen has murdered her.

Reviewed on 07 November 2015 by Ewa Sherman

Reykjavík Nights

A homeless alcoholic man is found drown in a shallow pond on the outskirts of Reykjavik. A young woman disappeared while walking home from a club. Erlendur Sveinsson is just a traffic cop…

Reviewed on 24 October 2015 by Ewa Sherman

Oblivion

1953: A young girl disappears on her way to college. A newly promoted detective Erlendur is only starting out. 1979: A woman discovers a corpse floating in a blue lagoon. Erlendur is obsessed, though, with the cold case.

Reviewed on 26 September 2015 by Ewa Sherman

The Last Lullaby

Inspector Conny Sjöberg unearths a tale of revenge and guilt and how nearly forgotten events from the past can still shape people’s lives when he investigates the murder of a woman in an expensive Stockholm apartment.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by Ewa Sherman

To the Top of the Mountain

It’s summer in Stockholm. The A-Unit has been disbanded, and its former members are disillusioned. Detective Paul Hjelm and his team race against time while investigating three separate cases.

Reviewed on 29 August 2015 by Ewa Sherman

The Drowned Boy

Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer is still grieving for the loss of his wife. And he cannot shake off the feeling that something is not right when he investigates the drowning of a small boy.

Reviewed on 15 August 2015 by Ewa Sherman