In Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo’s latest New York Times bestseller Police, Oslo detective Harry Hole’s life hangs in the balance. If you like your mysteries set in frosty climes, then check out these other masters of Scandinavian crime fiction.
The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen
In the fourth installment of this brilliant series, Copenhagen police’s cold case team (otherwise known as Department Q) puzzles over a series of seemingly unrelated disappearances. Cranky lead detective Carl Morck and his assistants quickly link the disappearances to a charismatic surgeon with a mysterious past.
The Caller: An Inspector Sejer Mystery by Karin Fossum
A callous prankster terrorizes a quiet Norwegian community in bestseller Fossum’s latest mystery. As the pranks escalate in cruelty and take a lethal turn, Inspector Konrad Sejer is called in to investigate. Even he is not immune from the perpetrator: a note slipped under his door proclaims “Hell begins now.”
Death of the Demon: A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel by Anne Holt
The murder of the director of a foster home consumes recently promoted Oslo Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen in her latest riveting case. Agnes Vestavik has been found stabbed to death, and the prime suspect is a 12-year-old boy in her care.
Death of a Nightingale: A Nina Borg Novel by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Kaaberbol and Friis’s latest mystery to feature Red Cross nurse Nina Borg finds Nina once again becoming involved in the lives of Eastern European immigrants living in Denmark. This time around, Nina tries to help Ukrainian Natasha Doroshenko, who has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her Danish fiancé.
The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler
In Sweden’s chilly north, a nurse and a resident at a home for troubled youth are both found brutally murdered. Stockholm Detective Inspector Joona Linna is assigned the case, which becomes more and more troubled as another resident goes missing and someone claims to see a ghost stalking the hallways.
Lifetime by Liza Marklund
A legendary police detective has been found dead, and his ex-cop wife is accused of the murder. Swedish tabloid reporter Annika Bengtzon is intrigued by the case, especially after the wife swears she saw another woman leave the scene of the murder.
Silenced by Kristina Ohlsson
Civilian consultant Fredrika Bergman and the rest of Stockholm’s Criminal Investigation Division probe the murder-suicide of a vicar and his wife. Then more bodies begin to pile up. Are they all linked?
The Golden Calf: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation Set in Sweden by Helene Tursten
A wealthy restaurateur is found dead. Then two venture capitalists are murdered in a Goteborg suburb. What do they all have in common? It’s up to Detective Inspector Irene Huss and the rest of the Violent Crime Division to find out.
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