A Christmas Greeting: Jenny Rogneby

Christmas Greeting

Swedish crime writer and criminologist Jenny Rogneby sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

I am reading the Nobel Prize Winner Kazou Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” right now, that is my recommendation.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate in Barcelona, Spain.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

Can I have several? That I and my loved ones are healthy, and everyone else too when I think about it. That all people stand up, speak up and do not accept it when other people are treated poorly. And that I can do fifty pushups in a row.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Jenny Rogneby

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Hanna Lindberg

Christmas Greeting

Swedish thriller author Hanna Lindberg sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions. She has written the thrillers STOCKHOLM Confidential, and STOCKHOLM Grotesque.

What is your best book recommendation?

Caroline Kepnes’s excellent debut thriller You and the sequel Hidden Bodies. Contemporary suspense with dark humor. Pernilla Ericson’s thriller series is also a gem.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

At home with my family. Smorgasbord with a lot of Finnish delicacies like Karelian pirogues and rutabaga casserole.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

That #metoo really changes things for the better and that I deliver a fabulous manuscript for my third novel – on time!

Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Hanna Lindberg

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Dag Öhrlund

Christmas GreetingSwedish author, journalist and photographer Dag Öhrlund sends a Christmas greeting, photos and answers a few questions. He has been writing crime novels together with Dan Buthler since 2007.

What is your best book recommendation?

All Lee Child’s novels about the hero Jack Reacher.

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How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate as usual with my family under a palm tree on Florida’s west coast and on my beloved motorcycle.

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Do you have a New Year’s wish for 2018?

Good health for all and respect between people.

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Merry Christmas

Best wishes from Dag Öhrlund

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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It is December and the holiday season is here and everything that goes with it. It can be absolutely wonderful! But it can also be stressful…gifts to buy, events to plan, a lot of things to wrap up at work before the end of the year and then you should preferably spend a lot of time with family and friends as well. To find time to wind down and just enjoy the season can be difficult.

Handling Holiday Stress

My best advice for handling holiday stress is to make sure you get at least one evening to yourself in December. I usually relax in a bath with a TV series on the tablet, or stay on the couch with a blanket and a book. If that is not feasible you can listen to an audiobook while you are doing chores. Reading is a bit unsocial, so as an alternative you find a crime fiction movie/series that you can watch with your family, e.g. the classic movie “Home Alone”. Holiday feeling deluxe as well as criminals to be caught.

A few books to get into the holiday spirit

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie

Murder and Almond Scent by Camilla Läckberg

The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories by P.D. James

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay

Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries by Martin Edwards

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Gift Ideas for Sherlock Holmes Fans

The holidays are just around the corner and here are a few gifts that we think any Sherlock Holmes fan would be happy to receive.

Literary Candle

Literary Candle

 

Close your eyes and the smell of this candle will take you to Sherlock’s house at 221B Baker Street. (uncommongoods, $16)

Literary Glass

Literary GlassPour yourself a glass of your favorite drink in this literary glass with text from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. (uncommongoods, $14)

Book Scarf

ScarfWrap yourself in the stylish pages of The Hound of the Baskervilles. (Storiarts, $48)

Book Purse

PursePut your wallet and keys in this leather bound classic book, which has been turned into a book cover handbag. (Etsy, $60)

Book Page Bracelet

BraceletShow off the recycled book pages with this Sherlock themed bracelet. (Etsy, $30)

The Dying Game by Åsa Avdic

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I’m usually not a fan of the type of books that can be described as Hunger Games for adults, but there was something about this one that caught my eye.

Locked-Room Mystery

The year is 2037 and it is a dystopia where the Berlin Wall never fell. Åsa Avdic stays pretty close to the present (no weird clothes, or to “spacey”), but it is still pretty foreign and uncomfortable.

The main character Anna Francis is a skilled bureaucrat, but she’s not so good with people, and she gets burned out after having worked in a warzone. She is anything but stable and her career is in pieces after a horrible mistake, but despite that she gets an assignment from “The Great Leader.” She will participate in a human experiment on an isolated island and she will act as a secret observer. Seven people are brought to a remote island to compete in a test for an intelligence position. In contrast to the future the author throws us in to a version of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”…

Dystopian Future

Åsa creates an unpleasant atmosphere, a future scenario, which in the moment doesn’t feel impossible (and therefore even scarier), uses a fantastic language, combined with a skillfully created plot. Good debut novel!

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Deeds of Fall by Anders de la Motte

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After Summer comes Fall

The first novel in Anders de La Motte’s new series was published last year. Just like Mons Kallentoft he’s going through the seasons and now time has come for fall. I admit I may have been a bit unfair when I reviewed End of Summer. It was a big leap from the Geim-trilogy, which had more action and felt so groundbreaking. I wasn’t quite ready to let that series go. Now I have realized it was really good! The Geim-series is also really good, but have a completely different style (read it if you haven’t already).

Truly Stand-Alone

Deeds of Fall is a psychological police novel with a whodunit feeling and resembles End of Summer. It is a novel about the contrasts between the city and countryside. The novel is set in Skåne, southern Sweden, and a crime from the past comes back to life. Anders de la Motte has a new main character, which makes this novel a truly stand-alone crime novel in a series. It’s rare and this character fits me much better and I can relate to her in a different way. Surely she has her issues, otherwise it wouldn’t be interesting, but she isn’t overly neurotic, which is liberating.

1990 – Late Summer

The main premise is an old case from 1990, where one of five childhood friends is found dead at a closed quarry. The teenagers spent one last summer’s evening together before they were going their separate ways after high school graduation. The case was labeled an accident, but there are of course different theories about what happened. The dynamic between the teenagers is very well depicted. They are five different personalities who hang out because of old habit rather than common interests. What’s going to happen after graduation, which of them will stay in the hometown, which will leave, will he/she leave voluntarily or is he/she running from something? Most of us can probably recognize that bittersweet feeling of the last night with the gang when you know that nothing will ever be the same.

Small Community

The homicide detective Anna Vesper from Stockholm arrives with her teenage daughter after her ex-husband and the father of her daughter has died, as a combined escape/revival. They are two broken souls who need to heal separately and together in the mother-daughter-relation. It’s not easy to come from the capital and take over as the lead after the former police chief, who knew everything there was to know about the community for so long. It doesn’t get easier when Anna reopens the old case and finds out that the old police chief is the father of one of the teenagers. Another parent is the strong man of the town, and in a small town people have each other’s backs.

Well Worth Reading

It’s a book well worth reading and is definitely one to remember. Anders de la Motte is a great author, with a good use of language, fantastic descriptions of the environment, a lot of psychology, and a wonderful sense of building tension. I already look forward to winter!

 

Original title in Swedish: Höstdåd

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