20 Books of Summer – Results (2)

September 7, 2016 | 2 comments


In addition to the 8 books from Swedish crime series that I had planned to read for the 20 Books of Summer challenge (hosted by Cathy at 746 Books), I also read an additional 7 books that fit the criteria of Nordic crime.


Innan frosten by Henning Mankell
Ebook, 336 pages ★★★ (Read June 7-17)

Innan frosten, published in English as Before the Frost, is an accompanying book to the Kurt Wallander series, focusing on his daughter Linda Wallander who, like her father, is a police officer. It was supposed to be the first in a trilogy about Linda, but following the suicide of the actress who portrayed Linda in the movie adaptions of the Wallander books, Mankell abandoned the series. I thought it was a good crime novel, although not quite as good as the original Wallander books.

Snow Angels by James Thompson
Ebook, 265 pages ★★★★★ (Read July 3-4)

Snow Angels is the first of 4 books about Police Inspector Kari Vaara in Finland. This is definitely one of my favourite books read this year and I immediately went and bought the rest of the books in the series.

The Hanging Girl by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Ebook, 510 pages ★★★ (Read July 9-10)

The 6th book about Danish detective Carl Mørck was a good mystery, but I think I’m liking the later books in the series less than the first ones. I do have a soft spot for unlikable detectives, but somehow Mørck is becoming more annoying than fascinating and the case in this book was not my favourite one from the series so far.

Bortom sanningen by Anne Holt
Ebook, 400 pages ★★★ (Read August 10)

Book 7 in the series about Hanne Wilhelmsen, a police officer in Oslo, Norway (published in English as Beyond the Truth) was a random library find. I had actually read one book from the series before (in 2003) and then forgotten about the series. It was interesting, and I think I need to read a few more books by Holt.

Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson
Ebook, 336 pages ★★★★ (Read August 13)

Not quite as amazing as the first book in the series but Inspector Kari Vaara in Finland is definitely becoming one of my absolute favourites. In the second book, Vaara and his wife has moved from northern Finland to Helsinki, and he is starting his career over again in a new department.

Skumtimmen by Johan Theorin
Ebook, 352 pages ★★★ (Read August 10-14)

This book, published in English as Echoes from the Dead, is the first out of four books set on the Swedish island Öland. It has complex characters and a mystery that spans many years. I thought it started a bit slow, but some parts where very good. I definitely did not figure out the ending in advance.

Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason
Ebook, 352 pages ★★★ (Read August 16-24)

I usually devour books set in Iceland. This prequel to the series about Inspector Erlendur in Reykjavik was good but took forever to get through.

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