Books reviewed by Ewa Sherman
Psychological profiler Hanne and her partner investigator Peter arrive in an isolated town in dense forests to investigate a cold case. She tries to keep her dementia secret, writing everything in a diary. Within days the couple vanishes, adding to the tensions between local inhabitants, police and the refugees relocated to the area.
Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Ewa Sherman
In 1942 Jewish courier Ester is betrayed in Oslo but manages to escape the Norwegian Gestapo. In Sweden she meets resistance hero Gerhard Falkum, but their tentative relationship is cut short when he dies in a fire. Yet 25 years later he suddenly reappears.
Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Detectives Kirsten Nigaard from Norway and Martin Servaz from France join forces in search of a notorious cunning serial killer on the run. All clues point to Martin’s earlier personal painful history with the murderer, but this time the life of a five-year-old boy is also at stake.
Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Public prosecutor Chastity Riley and Detective Chief Inspector Ivo Stepanovic meet when they are called to investigate a horrendous case of a naked and tortured man left in a case outside an office of Germany’s biggest magazines where’s he been working.
Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Ewa Sherman
A young woman, Rósa, is suddenly married off to Jón Eiríksson, a brooding widower and a wealthy chieftain of an isolated settlement in 17th century Iceland. As she joins him at his croft, she becomes aware of many secrets surrounding her husband, especially the suspicion that he has murdered his previous wife.
Reviewed on 28 September 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Private investigators Sam Berger and Molly Bloom are on the run from the authorities, burned from previous investigation, and hiding in the depths of snowy north Sweden. But soon they are asked to follow up on the letter from a distressed and seemingly paranoid woman who knows secret details of a murder case from long ago.
Reviewed on 24 August 2019 by Ewa Sherman
In a remote part of northern Sweden the lives of two people become intertwined. Lelle keeps searching for his teenage daughter Lina who had vanished without a trace three years ago. Meja has just moved to the area with her mentally unstable mother.
Reviewed on 27 July 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Inspector Anita Sundström of the Skåne County Police is under pressure. She has to deal with evidence-less cases of kidnapped businessmen and a murder of an infamous journalist. Her boss is in hospital, replaced by Anita’s nemesis, and her long-distance boyfriend is suddenly too close.
Reviewed on 13 July 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Detective Inspector Charlie Lager is sent from Stockholm to investigate the disappearance of teenager Annabelle in Gullspång. She dreads being back in her small home town, full of quiet despondence and ghosts from the dark past but must deal with the case and her own anxiety.
Reviewed on 29 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Ambitious social climber Zofia Turboty?ska plans to arrange a charity raffle under the patronage of elderly rich women. Instead she conducts her own investigation into a suspicious death at Helcel House where they reside – but finds that nobody wants to listen to an inquisitive woman.
Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman
On the anniversary of Katharina Haugen’s disappearance 24 years ago, Chief Inspector William Wisting looks through the case files as he does every year. He also visits her husband Martin. This time it seems that the grieving husband has gone missing – and he might have been involved in another cold case involving a kidnapped teenager.
Reviewed on 15 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman
It’s 1952. Hella Mauzer, the first female Inspector in the Helsinki Homicide Unit, has been deemed too emotional for her job, demoted and sent to a small-town police station in Lapland. She sees a chance to redeem and prove herself when an old man disappears in the forest.
Reviewed on 01 June 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Sonja is tucked away in Florida with her young son and hopes that she has escaped her violent ex-husband who also manipulated her into smuggling cocaine. But soon the idyll is shattered as she’s forced back to Iceland, pushed into more drug trafficking, and forbidden from seeing her son.
Reviewed on 01 May 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Detective Leo Junker has crossed many professional lines. But when John Grimberg, his oldest friend/enemy and a hardened criminal on the run, asks him to investigate a five-year-old case of a murdered prostitute, Junker has to face his own demons from the past and corruption at the heart of the Swedish police force.
Reviewed on 30 March 2019 by Ewa Sherman
The artist Ellen Keldberg has been found frozen on a street bench in Skagen. Soon two visitors arrive in town: her nephew Mikkel who has to organise a funeral, and Anne Sofie, a young reckless photographer obsessed with death. As their paths cross a history of old and new secrets come to the surface.
Reviewed on 09 March 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Sam Shepard, the only policewoman in the small rural town of Mataura, New Zealand, investigates the death of a young mother Gaby Knowes. Apparent suicide was in fact a murder, and the victim was married to Sam’s ex-boyfriend. Sam finds herself the main suspect and suspended from duty but decides to find the killer anyway and clear her name.
Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Detective Superintendent Alex Steen must investigate the death of a brutally murdered unidentified man, found outside a Copenhagen cemetery after a night of violent street riots. But Denmark’s national security agency is also interested in the victim.
Reviewed on 09 February 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Liv lives on an isolated farm with her hoarder-carpenter father Jens, bed-ridden obese mother Maria, dead twin brother Carl and mummified baby sister. She’s happy but a bit worried, especially when she witnesses her dad killing her granny. Life goes on but a newcomer to the area wants to find out more about the strange family.
Reviewed on 26 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Successful Swedish-American lawyer Martin Benner must the prove innocence of dead woman Sara Texas, accused of a string of murders in the US, while looking for her missing son Mio. At the same time he finds himself framed for crimes he didn’t commit.
Reviewed on 12 January 2019 by Ewa Sherman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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