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To celebrate the launch of BritCrime’s first free online crime fiction festival, 11-13 July, we have teamed up with BritCrime authors to give away one fabulous prize.

You could win a gift bundle of ten print books, including new releases by Colette McBeth and Sarah Hilary, and MJ McGrath’s Gold Dagger longlisted White Heat. This giveaway is open internationally. One lucky winner will win all ten books.

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The Magpies + What You Wish For by Mark Edwards

No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary

The Life I Left Behind + Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

White Heat by M J McGrath

Beyond the Rage by Michael J Malone

Follow the Leader + Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt

The Harbour Master by Daniel Pembrey

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White Tracks by Emelie Schepp

A woman involved in drug smuggling is found dead on a train in Norrköping. She traveled to Sweden with another woman who flees before the police arrive at the scene. It turns out that the women have ties to a person from Jana Berzelius’s past. As a prosecutor Jana works closely with the police and she definitely does not want to be connected to the person they are looking for. Jana has a double agenda and the question is whether or not she can stay a step ahead of the police, and at the same time help them solve the case without her secrets getting revealed.

Jana Berzelius

Jana Berzelius is a complex and memorable character. She is a strong, independent and successful woman with a dark past. She does not hesitate to use violence if necessary. Will she ever be able to shake off her past? Probably not, and in this novel more surprising details are revealed. Jana Berzelius is the strenght of the series and you cannot help but think of Lisbeth Salander.


This is the second novel with prosecutor Jana Berzelius as the main character. You should read the first one before reading this one, but just like Marked for Life, this novel captures the reader from page one and is impossible to put down. Is the story believable? Maybe not, but it does not matter. Emelie Schepp plans on writing eight novels in the series, and my only question is – when will the next one be published?!


Original title in Swedish: Vita spår. 

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.)