|Embellishment in Hall|
Guardian's list of Sweden's best crime novels, compiled by the high priestess of crime writing herself, Camilla Lackberg. I've read four of the ten to date. A general remark: besides obviously taking place in Sweden, all four novels have at least one reference to IKEA. My favourite so far has been Sun Storm by Asa Larsson, the tax attorney-turned-crime writer. If you're looking for a page turner for the beach, pick up the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but make sure you get all three volumes because you won't have any peace until you've read them all. If you're packing light then pick up the Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell.
Here's the list:
1. The Mind's Eye by Håkan Nesser
2. Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
3. Missing by Karin Alvtegen
4. Sun Storm by Åsa Larsson *My favourite so far. Tax attorney must return home to Sweden's far north and solve a murder among the criminally insane and religious fanatics. Apparently, the two go together....A read that will not disappoint you.
5. The Fifth Woman by Henning Mankell *Excellent but not my favourite. Would Wallander just call Baiba damn it!
6. Unseen by Mari Jungstedt
7. Shame by Karin Alvtegen *My least favourite to date, but two of my colleagues really enjoyed this one. Shame is the story of two women living with shameful pasts, but I only found one of the characters interesting.
8. Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson *Excellent and well worth your entertainment dollar, but it could still stand a good edit. Far too much coffee drinking and repeated references to the heroine's small breasts.
10. Midvinterblod by Mons Kallentoft (not yet translated)