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Scandinavian Mysteries

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Since the huge success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson, a number of great Scandinavian mysteries have been newly translated or have regained popularity. Here is a selection of some of the best, starting with the first in each series where applicable.

Kjell Eriksson, The Princess of Burundi
Swedish police investigate the murder of a man who was an expert on tropical fish.

Lars Kepler, The Hypnotist
Swedish Detective Inspector Joona Linna investigates the murders of three family members, hoping to find answers through a controversial hypnotism session with a traumatized child who survived.

Camilla Lackberg, The Ice Princess
A Swedish woman joins forces with a detective after she returns to her hometown and learns that her friend was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed in an apparent suicide.

Henning Mankell, Faceless Killers
Kurt Wallander deals with anti-immigrant tensions that arise after the murders of a Swedish farm couple.

Johan Theorin, Echoes from the Dead
On the Swedish island of Oland, the grandfather of a missing boy who was presumed drowned receives one of his sandals in the mail.

Karin Fossum, Don’t Look Back
Norwegian police investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small town.

Jo Nesbo, The Redbreast
A Norwegian detective tracking a vicious neo-Nazi uncovers a plot reaching back to World War II.

Arnaldur Indridason, Jar City
A detective in Iceland investigates the murder of an old man and uncovers dirty secrets in his past.

James Thompson, Snow Angels
During Lapland’s period of total darkness, a police chief investigates the murder of a Somali woman.

-- Amy, Reader Services