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January 10 2017

What Is Your Favorite Winter Mystery Locale?

Brrr. It’s getting cold out there! With all the snow hitting the east coast, we started to think about all the winter mysteries out there.  There’s something extra sinister...
December 8 2016

Murder, Mystery, and Scandinavia: The Perfect Combination

If you like the setting of your murder mysteries to take place in a cold, snowy climate, you’re not alone. The newest and bloodiest murder mysteries now seem to take place in Scandinavia....
November 17 2016

It’s All About the Story

As with many other crime novels, my books are a mirror of the world and the society I live in. Swedish crime fiction often explores very dark themes and is greatly concerned with social issues...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 23 2016

Wallander 4.03: “The Troubled Man” Episode Review

Early morning. Håkan von Enke (Terrence Hardiman) begins his day as he always does, winding the Mora clock in the front hall of his beautiful historic home. Taking the same walk. Thinking...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
May 9 2016

Wallander 4.01: “The White Lioness” Episode Review

The final series of Wallander on Masterpiece Mystery has an uncharacteristic start. For one thing, our Swedish detective friend Kurt Wallander (Kenneth Branagh) is in South Africa for some sort...
July 14 2015

Fresh Meat: Open Grave by Kjell Eriksson

Open Grave by Kjell Eriksson is the 6th Nordic mystery featuring Police Inspector Ann Lindell where a Nobel Prize winner is greeted with jealousy and violence (available July 14, 2015). I don’t...
July 2 2015

Summer TV: A Digital Tour of Europe

I hate watching reruns of mystery and crime TV shows I’ve already seen—it’s not much fun to tune in when you already know who did it. And, while the networks offer plenty of summer...
January 20 2015

Now Win This!: 3x3 Sweepstakes

The best things in life come in threes, and this sweepstakes proves it with a contemporary high-tech Swedish trilogy, three of the Clifton Chronicles, set in the U.K. in the aftermath of WWI, and...
April 26 2014

Fresh Meat: Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Eriksson

Black Lies, Red Blood by Kjell Eriksson is the fifth Swedish procedural featuring Detective Ann Lindell, whose romantic life comes crashing down after her lover becomes a suspect in a homeless man's...
April 22 2014

Now Win This!: Dread Half-Dozen Sweepstakes

We've got eggs on the brain and a half-dozen freshly-hatched crime titles on our hands! This Sweepstakes Has Ended. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF...
April 15 2014

Fresh Meat: The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund

The Long Shadow by Liza Marklund, translated from Swedish by Neil Smith, is the eighth featuring Stockholm reporter Annika Bengzton, who'll  jet to Spain's glitzy Costa del Sol to investigate...
April 13 2014

Sweden’s Bridge is Best

The reputation of Scandinavian thrillers has really taken off in recent years. Stieg Larson was the first author to gain international fame, but other writers such as Jo Nesbø, Henning Mankell,...
September 12 2013

Fresh Meat: Strange Bird by Anna Jansson

Strange Bird by Anna Jansson, set in Sweden on the island of Gotland, is Book One of the fourteen books in the Maria Wern series, translated into English by Paul Norlen (available September 17, 2013.) Something...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
February 18 2013

Fresh Meat: Killer’s Art by Mari Jungstedt

Killer’s Art by Mari Jungstedt is the latest U.S. release in the Swedish crime series featuring police inspector Anders Knutas and TV journalist Johan Berg (available February 25, 2013). On...
September 9 2012

The Troubled... Fan?: For the Love of Wallander

Henning Mankell had every right to end his Kurt Wallander series when and how he wanted to. But couldn’t he have thought of Wallander’s loyal and long time fans, just a little? Thrown us...
August 6 2012

Fresh Meat: The Viper by Håkan Östlundh

The Viper by Håkan Östlundh (translated by Per Carlsson) is a noir Swedish police procedural (available August 7, 2012). It’s not entirely clear what Arvid Traneus did in Japan besides make...
June 5 2012

Fresh Meat: Carin Gerhardsen’s The Gingerbread House

The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen is the first in the Hammarby series of Swedish thrillers (available June 5, 2012). “A serial murderer? You’re out of your mind! How many of those have...
May 29 2012

Fresh Meat: Killer’s Island by Anna Jansson

Killer’s Island is the English language debut of Anna Jansson’s Detective Inspector Maria Wern's police procedurals, beginning with Book 7 in the long-running Swedish series (available...
May 15 2012

Fresh Meat: The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt is the latest book in the Anders Knutas series of Swedish police procedural mysteries to be released in the United States (available May 15, 2012). Crime fiction...
August 4 2011

True Crime: Amateur Nuclear Engineer Edition

Earlier this week a Swedish man was arrested for attempting to build a nuclear reactor in his home kitchen. The man in question, who says that his interest in nuclear physics goes back to his carefree...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
June 9 2011

Camilla Lackberg is Not “the Next Stieg Larsson”—She’s Better

Camilla Lackberg (Camilla Läckberg) can’t possibly be telling the truth. Even in a clingy cheetah-print wrap dress accessorized with delicate silver jewelry and looking every inch the...
Pop Culture Nerd
May 12 2011

Irresistible Itineraries: Crime Fiction as Travelogue

As much as I pride myself on being an independent thinker, I admit I occasionally succumb to the power of suggestion. I have found myself watching TV after a perfectly fulfilling Thanksgiving dinner,...
April 24 2011

Meet the Swedes: Henning Mankell and Wallander

All roads literary lead to Scandinavia, it seems, certainly where crime novels are concerned. Is it all hype with no substance? Is it just a case of giving yourself a name which sound like an over-priced...