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Scandinavian Mysteries

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Detective Inspector Huss
by Helene Tursten Details
Translated by Steven T. Murray. Set in Sweden. While investigating the apparent suicide of a wealthy financier who is connected to one of the most powerful families in Sweden, Detective Inspector Irene Huss soon finds herself immersed in a murder mystery involving motorcycle gang members, skinheads, immigrants, and neo-Nazis.
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Irene Huss
Don't Look Back
by Karin Fossum Details
Translated from the Norwegian by Felicity David. Set in Norway. The tranquility of a small, idyllic town is shattered when the body of a teenage girl is found, prompting an investigation by Inspector Sejer that reveals the sinister truth behind the town's quiet facade.
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Inspector Sejer
Last Rituals: An Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder
by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir Details
Translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder. Set in Iceland. Attorney Thora Guomundsdottir and her new partner, Matthew Reich, journey to a remote corner of Iceland to investigate how the murder of a German student may be connected to the victim's interest in witchcraft.
Mind's Eye: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
by Håkan Nesser Details
Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson. Set in Sweden. Chief Inspector Van Veeteren becomes suspicious about the seemingly open-and-shut case against Janek Mitter, convicted of killing his wife while drunk, especially when Mitter also becomes a homicide victim.
by Karin Alvtegen Details
Translated from the Swedish by Anna Paterson. Set in Sweden. Sibylla's life of anonymity as a homeless woman in Stockholm is shattered when a businessman dies after she spends the night with him, forcing her to turn to her privileged past for help.
Smilla's Sense of Snow
by Peter Høeg Details
Translated by Tiina Nunnally. Set in Denmark. When her six-year-old neighbor falls to his death, and no one is willing to suspect foul play, Smilla Qaavigaaq Jasperson finds her own investigation taking her into the files of a Danish company.
Snow Angels
by James Thompson Details
Lapland: the name conjures up cheery stereotypes of reindeer and Santa Claus, but in reality December in northern Finland means kaamos, a time of extreme cold and unrelenting darkness that takes its toll on the residents of Levi. Called to investigate the mutilation murder of a beautiful Somali actress, Vaara finds his probe turning personal when clues point to the rich man for whom his ex-wife left him years ago as the prime suspect.
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Inspector Vaara
Sun and Shadow
by Åke Edwardson Details
Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson. Set in Sweden. Enjoying a satisfying family life and career as Sweden's youngest chief inspector, Erik Winter faces a daunting case involving a double murder and a suspect with possible links to the gothic world and the local police force.
Sun Storm
by Åsa Larsson Details
Translated by Marlaine Delargy. Set in Sweden. When a body is discovered in her hometown, a young Swedish lawyer is called back home, only to become trapped in a perilous web of betrayal, suspicion, religious fanaticism, and death, in a suspense novel set against the backdrop of northern Sweden.
The Exception
by Christian Jungersen Details
Translated from the Danish by Anna Paterson. Set in Denmark. When two women who work at the Danish Centre for Genocide Studies begin receiving death threats, they suspect Mirko Zigic, a Bosnian torturer and war criminal, but then they discover that it could be someone in their very midst.
The Fourth Man
by K.O. Dahl Details
Set in Norway. During a routine police raid, Detective Inspector Frank Frolich saves Elizabeth from getting inadvertently caught in crossfire. By the time he learns that she is the sister of Jonny Faremo, wanted member of a larceny gang, it is already too late. Blindly in love, Frolich must find out if he is being used before his life unravels beyond repair.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson Details
Translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland. Set in Sweden. Forty years after the disappearance of Harriet Vanger from the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family, her octogenarian uncle hires journalist Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander, an unconventional young hacker, to investigate.
The Ice Princess
by Camilla Läckberg Details
Translated by Steven T. Murray. Set in Sweden. After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend's past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.
The Inner Circle
by Mari Jungstedt Details
Translated by Tiina Nunnally. Set in Sweden. Working on an archaeological dig to uncover an ancient Viking fortification on the Swedish island of Gotland, a group of students becomes caught up in a web of horror when a young woman turns up dead, naked, and hanging from a tree, the victim of a ritual killing.
The Man from Beijing
by Henning Mankell Details
Translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson. Set in Sweden. In the aftermath of the 2006 massacre of 19 people in a Swedish village, Judge Birgitta Roslin, a granddaughter of two of the victims, discovers the 19th century diary of a gang leader that reveals the case's eerie connections to the abuse of Chinese slave workers.
The Postcard Killers
by Liza Patterson Details
Set in Sweden. NYPD detective Jacob Kanon's daughter and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim. Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter, Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm -- and they think they know where the next victims will be.
The Redbreast
by Jo Nesbø Details
Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Set in Norway. A tale moving from the final months of World War II to the present, and from the Russian front to contemporary South Africa, follows the dual adventures of a freedom-seeking war martyr and an alcoholic police officer who is drawn into a mystery with past origins.
What is Mine
by Anne Holt Details
Translated by Kari Dickson. Set in Norway. Norway police commissioner Stubo teams up with troubled FBI profiler Johanne Vik for an investigation into the disappearances and murders of several young children.
Updated 12/08/2011
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