Scandinavian Crime

Bleak landscapes, bizarre and often gory murders, morose detectives - but don't let that put you off. Scandinavian crime is hot!

Karin Fossum

Once described as "difficult to out-creep" Fossum's chilly Norwegian psychological suspense mysteries are not for the faint-hearted.

Anne Holt

Norwegian lawyer Holt has worked in the Oslo police department, and her novels featuring lesbian police officer Hanne Wilhelmsen reveal Holt is well acquainted with the dark side of Scandinavia.

Arnaldur Indridason

One of Iceland's most popular authors, with a long-running series featuring Detective Erlendur.

Mari Jungstedt

Popular Swedish crime fiction set on the island of Gotland.

Stieg Larsson

Larsson needs no introduction - his novels the Girl With Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest are international phenomenons.

Henning Mankell

Prize-winning author of the Kurt Wallander novels, beautifully set in sparse Nordic landscapes.

Jo Nesbø

Musician, economist and author Nesbo's best-sellers are the Detective Harry Hole novels - you won't get through one without the hair standing up on the back of your neck.

Håkan Nesser

Murder mysteries set in the fictious northern European city of Maardam, on the caseload of the philosophical, and slightly gruff, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren.

Kristina Ohlsson

Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman stalks merciless killers in silent, snowy landscapes that stretch the nerves.

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