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20 Books of Summer – Results

September 6, 2016 | No comments


 

This summer I participated in the 20 Books of Summer challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books). I had great plans of using the challenge as an excuse to catch up on some of the Scandinavian (especially Swedish) crime series I’ve been reading. In spite of somehow reading over 100 books since June 1, I only managed to read 8 books by authors from my original list.

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Skuggans spel by Lars Rambe
Paperback, 382 pages ★★★ (Read June 7-10)

In the second book about journalist Fredrik Gransjö, a dangerous criminal escapes from the local prison at the same time as the town prepares for a big jazz festival. It was a good mystery, but not nearly as good as the first book in the series.

 
Sandmannen by Lars Kepler
Ebook, 476 pages ★★★★ (Read July 9)

Lars Kepler (or writer couple Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril) is one of my absolute favourites. The fourth book about Inspector Joona Linna (published in English as The Sandman) did not disappoint.

 
Vårlik by Mons Kallentoft
Ebook, 431 pages ★★★ (Read July 8-18)

The 4th book about detective inspector Malin Fors in Linköping, Sweden (published in English as Spring Remains) was a bit of a slow read. Malin Fors is probably one of the most complicated Swedish detectives and I cannot quite decide if I love or hate her.

 
Stum sitter guden by Anna Jansson
Ebook, 261 pages ★★★ (Read July 8)

The first book (not yet published in English) about police detective Maria Wern in the town of Visby, on Gotland island, Sweden was a quick read. I’ve been reading the series out of order, and I think I might enjoy it even more if I read the books chronologically.

 
Silverkronan by Anna Jansson
Ebook, 216 pages ★★★ (Read June 17-18)

The 4th book (not yet published in English) about police detective Maria Wern in the town of Visby, on Gotland island, Sweden. I really like the main character, but think I might actually prefer the TV show adaptation. The books are good, but not great.

 
Alla de stillsamma döda by Anna Jansson
Ebook, 264 pages ★★★ (Read August 14-15)

The 2nd book (not yet published in English) about police detective Maria Wern in the town of Visby, on Gotland island, Sweden. This book started slow, but at the end I really liked it (not enough to bump it up to 4 stars, but almost).

 
Bittrare än döden by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff
Ebook, 394 pages ★★★ (Read August 15-16)

The 2nd book about psychologist Siri Bergman (published in English as More Bitter Than Death) was not quite as good as the first book. Siri Bergman is definitely another character that I cannot quite make up my mind about (kind of like with Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway – I like her but find her frustrating).

 
Drömmar ur snö by Anna Jansson
Ebook, 287 pages ★★★ (Read August 30)

The 5th book (also not yet published in English) about police detective Maria Wern in the town of Visby, on Gotland island, Sweden. This was another ok, but not great, mystery. I think I’m reading this series more for the setting (which I love) and the main character (who I still really like) than for the actual plot.

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