The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg

It’s a very hot summer in the Swedish vacation town of Fjällbacka. Campers, golfers, boaters and tourists flock to the town to enjoy the short, sunny season. When the body of a young woman is found buried near some coastal rock formations, and then two more skeletons are found buried just below her, the tiny, […]


The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Denmark’s “Queen of Crime” offers a tense, well-paced novel set in a forested region populated mostly with vacation cabins and a few permanent homes. Detective Louise Ricks has been newly appointed to head the Special Search Team–a missing persons task force that also handles cases with unidentified victims. Her first case turns out to be […]


Into Oblivion

Into Oblivion

I must be a glutton for punishment. On the coldest day in decades (-21 degrees, not a windchill number!), I dive into an Icelandic murder mystery.  The oblivion referred to in the title is the vast, empty, ice-filled expanses of the country so far north that in winter there only about 4 hours of gloomy […]


The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

A record-setting heat wave in England in 1976 sets all the neighbors’ nerves on end. Gracie and Tilly, ten year olds who lives on The Avenue, watch the adults, closely following their reactions to the disappearance of Mrs. Creasy  from Number Eight. Mrs. Creasy was well-liked; everyone told her their secrets.  Now the neighbors are […]


Modus

Modus

Stockholm Police Detective Inger Johanne, a psychologist who specializes in criminal profiling, is called upon to work with fellow detective Ingvar Nymann to apprehend a serial killer after a number of shocking murders are discovered. As Inger closes in on the killer and uncovers a ruthless international organization behind the crimes, the killer targets her […]


The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Why are so many fantasy and science fiction novels set in Victorian England? Could it be that there were so many changes to the society brought about by new science and technical discoveries?  Nathaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the British government. His home is a tiny room where, one day when he awakens, there […]


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

For as long as Alice can remember, she and her mother have kept on the move. Never staying in one place too long; always trying to outrun the inexplicable bad luck that seems to follow them everyone. After Alice’s grandmother, the author of a dark and twisted fairy tale book with cult following, dies on […]


The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

The Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

There is a tiny Jewish community in Stockholm. When one of the community’s preschool teachers is shot dead by a sniper outside the school building; and when a few hours later, two ten-year-old boys are reported missing, police detectives Alex Recht and Fredrika Bergman think at first that there’s a killer/kidnapper terrorist targeting Jews. The […]


Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Why this offering from Australian crime writer Jane Harper is not cataloged as mystery, I haven’t a clue (pun intended). There’s a cold case, a serial killer, a missing person, a couple of bodies and a couple of detectives. There’s a complex but linear plot and a nice cast of characters (read: those with motive). […]


The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

If you’re looking for a well-written, intricately plotted mystery/thriller, this one’s for you. I couldn’t put it down and inhaled it in two days, choosing this over all other kinds of entertainment. It’s gripping and tense and I dare you to predict all the twists and turns the story takes. The atmosphere is decidedly noirish […]