Category Archives: Scandinavian

If you haven’t read anything by Karin Alvtegen – what’s stopping you?

Years before I started this blog when I was working as a public library cataloguer, a book crossed my desk that caught my eye.  With an adorable little boy on the cover, it immediately piqued my interest.My review of “Shadow” … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Favorite books, Novels in translation, Psychological thrillers, Scandinavian | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

“The bird tribunal” by Agnes Ravatn

Allis Hagtorn has done something of which she is profoundly ashamed.  She seeks anonymity and a refuge where she can come to terms with her behavior and her future.  She finds employment in a remote house on a Norwegian fjord. … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Favorite books, Fiction, Novels in translation, Psychological thrillers, Scandinavian, Suspense | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

“The murder of Halland” by Pia Juul

What a clever, enigmatic, and disorientating book! Bess is a writer.  A grieving, eccentric, bizarre writer who drinks more than she writes. Her husband Halland has been shot. The story is told solely from Bess’s point of view.  Since she … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Edelweiss title, Fiction, Literary fiction, Novels in translation, Scandinavian, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

“Britt-Marie was here” by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie is 63 years old and she has always felt invisible.  The only people who ever appreciated her enough to ‘see‘ her were her sister Ingrid (long since dead) and her husband Kent (for a short while after they were … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Favorite books, Fiction, NetGalley title, Scandinavian | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

“The Forgotten Girls” by Sara Blaedel

An intense, dark, and often disturbing novel, “The Forgotten Girls” is a great example of ‘Nordic Noir‘.  Originally published in Danish, and set in Zealand, Denmark, this police procedural had me enthralled from the get go. The novel features Lousie Rick, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Mystery fiction, NetGalley title, Novels in translation, Page turners, Scandinavian, Series order | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

“The readers of Broken Wheel recommend” by Katarina Bivald (Official Blog Tour)

Today, in the age of social media and instant communication, letter writing has become antiquated and uncommon.  Not that many years ago however it was the norm and many people had ‘pen-pals’, myself included. This novel is about two women, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, books about books, Debut novels, Fiction, Love stories, NetGalley title, Novels in translation, Reading, Scandinavian, Women's fiction | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

“My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman

One of my favorite novels from last year was “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  So you can imagine my delight when I heard he has written another novel! “My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Favorite books, Literary fiction, NetGalley title, Novels in translation, Scandinavian | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

“The Purity of Vengeance” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Inspired by a dark chapter in Danish history, Jussi Adler-Olsen‘s most recent ‘Department Q’ novel is a delightfully balanced mixture of sombre and deadly-serious crime investigation with a humorously depicted back story.   This – the fourth novel in the … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, book reviews, Mystery fiction, Novels in translation, Scandinavian | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The boy in the suitcase

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis Translated by Lene Kaaberbol Following on the success of the Millennium trilogy by Steig Larsson there seems no end to the quality crime fiction coming out of Scandinavia. The boy in the suitcase, a prize-winning novel … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, Fiction, Mystery fiction, Novels in translation, Scandinavian | Tagged , , | Leave a comment