Falleri fallera falleralla by Carin Gerhardsen

Two people are brutally murdered on a street in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a woman and a boy, who do not know each other. The case ends up with the Hammarby Police and it turns out that the murders are tied to other murders, but is it the same killer?

We get to follow all the policemen/women in the group, and they all struggle with issues. Sjöberg’s position is threatened by his incompetent boss, Gerdin is kidnapped, Hamad is suffering a psychosis and he is doing very surprising things, and his behavior affects a depressed Westman.

Final Part

Falleri fallera falleralla is the eighth and final part in the Hammarbyseries by Carin Gerhardsen. It is a dark novel and you can almost tell it is the last one. You get extra nervous because of this, not knowing who will survive until the end. There are many threads to tie together, but Gerhardsen does a great job and the novel is a worthy ending to a good series and we say farewell to the Hammarby detectives.

 

Original title in Swedish: Falleri fallera falleralla. (I do know know if/when the novel will be published in English.)

The Girl In Front Of the Wall

Västgöta University’s temporary principal receives death threats, so the ceremony where a German professor will receive her honorary doctorate is heavily guarded. Despite that the ceremony ends abruptly, and literature researcher Helena Waller finds herself involved in the search for a killer. Several of the novel’s characters have ties to DDR. Does that have anything to do with the murder?

Main Character

This is the second novel in Kristina Appelqvist’s series about literature researcher Helena Waller. She tends to find out a lot more than the police (who sometimes do not even seem to care) and this cannot only be explained by the fact that she has keys to the victim’s apartment.

Cozy Crime

It took me a while to get into the novel and I thought that the story would not engage me. I had changed my mind towards the end, but the start was still too slow. I like the political connection and it is interesting to read about DDR and how views of the same thing can differ so much.

The novel is an easy read and if you are ok with a slow tempo and prefer a cozy crime without too much violence then this is a good choice, since it does have some unexpected turns.

 

Original title in Swedish: Flickan framför muren. (I do know know if/when the novel will be published in English.)

Crimetime Gotland – Sweden’s New Crime Festival

We are so excited that there will be a new crime festival in Sweden this summer – Crimetime Gotland. More than 40 crime writers will gather in Visby, August 13-16. Visitors can mingle with crime writers, participate in seminars, watch movies, drink crime drinks, attend writing classes and much more.

We think it sounds like a lovely long weekend!

Our Own Little Secret by Ninni Schulman

Swedish Social Worker Anna-Karin Ehn is reported missing by her husband. The next day the husband finds her car outside the town, which makes him the main suspect. And when the police find blood in the car the suspicions are strengthened. But she had also received threats at work so they need to keep their minds open. It also turns out that she had surprising secrets.

The Main Characters

The journalist Magdalena Hansson plays a central role just like in previous novels. She suspects that one of her son’s friends is in trouble at home and she has contacted the Social Services. When Anna-Karin disappears she wonders if there is a connection. The police Petra Wilander and Christer Berglund struggle with personal problems. Petra’s health is faltering and Christer’s fiancée is overly jealous.

Family Tragedies

As indicated in the title the novel is about secrets. What happens behind a family’s close doors is not always what it seems. Many women and children suffer and feel anything but safe in their own homes and Schulman depicts this perfectly. The real world is scary; can society even do anything to help?

A Favorite

The novel is the fourth in the series set in Hagfors, Sweden. It is as suspenseful as its predecessors and the language is very reader-friendly. The series has become one of my favorites and I look forward to the next one.

 

Original title in Swedish: Vår egen lilla hemlighet. (I do know know if/when the novel will be published in English.)

New Series by Ingrid Hedström

13-year-old Mikael Granberg disappears without a trace in 1978. Thirty years later Astrid Sammils finds Mikael’s hat in the house of her deceased uncle, whose farm she has inherited. Could her uncle have had something to do with the disappearance? She does not think so, and decides to try to find out what really happened.

At the same time a drug trial is under way in Romania. One of the physicians gets suspicious when several patients drop out. It is no surprise that the two storylines are connected, but it takes a while before you understand how.

New Series

Ingrid Hedström has written the popular Villette series (six novels) about the investigating magistrate Martine Poirot in Belgium. This novel is the first one in her new series about the diplomat Astrid Sammils. The next novel in the series will be published in Swedish later this year.

The novel was pretty slow at first and it took a while for me to get hooked. Some things were fairly obvious but there were some surprises too. I thought this novel was better than the ones I have read from the Villette series.

 

Original title in Swedish: Bortfall (I do not know if/when the novel will be published in English.)

The City Murders by Lars Bill Lundholm


A masked group carries out a robbery on Stockholm’s metro and two men are brutally killed. The police suspects it is a terror attack, but when the same gang robs a bank in Stockholm where one of the managers are killed they question if there could be another motive. Axel Hake becomes responsible for the investigation, but he goes on “vacation” after a conflict with his boss. However, he continues the investigation on his own and his family ends up in a dangerous situation.

The Motive

We find out who the guilty ones are pretty quickly. Three young women. The main question throughout the whole book is the motive. Why are they robbing and killing people? They are all successful and one of them even goes to the Police School and is called in to help with the investigation.

Pretty Good

Overall the book is pretty good, but I wish that the motive could have peeked through a little earlier so you at least had had a chance to understand it.

 

Original title in Swedish: Citymorden (I do not know if/when the book will be available in English and what title it will have. The City Murders is a direct translation of the Swedish title.)

Everyone Can See You by Anna Jansson

Just released from prison Sten Hörsne returns to Gotland to ask his son for forgiveness. As he is leaving his son’s place he is hit by a car and dies. Soon thereafter Sten’s father is murdered. Is this a coincidence? And is that murder instead connected to a number of assaults on elderly people?

A bullied teenage boy disappears from a ferry between Gotland and the mainland. Did he commit suicide? An elderly woman claims to have seen the boy with a man in one of the ferry’s bathrooms. Who is the man and what does he have to do with things?

Social Media

When I saw the title and book cover I thought the story would focus more on social media. Sure it runs as a thread through the story, but it does not play as central of a role as I thought it would. The main question is what is a person prepared to do to stop info/photos/movie-clips from getting posted on the Internet? Several of the novel’s characters are struggling with that question, including Maria Wern.

Typical Wern-Novel

In this novel Maria Wern is back for the 16th time. The novel is a typical Wern-novel. If you have liked the previous books you will not be disappointed. Simply put, you’ll  know what you’ll get.

 

Original title in Swedish: Alla kan se dig (Please note, I do not know if/when the novel will be published in English, or what the translated title will actually be. Everyone Can See You is a direct translation of the Swedish title.)