Unfortunately my Swedish is not as great as I would like it to be, so all the books I will review, at this time, will be in English. But the original will have been in the Swedish language (that is what makes a Swedish book, right?)
There is a large list of famous Swedish books I would like to read. I’m super busy, but I love to read, so I will try to get more books up and reviewed as soon as possible!
Swedish book review
This book isn’t written by a Swede.
Nope, it is written by an American and is a tale about a 30-year-old American who, on a whim, heads to Stockholm, Sweden and has adventures there that will change the rest of his life.
Written with good humor (and some naughty language), this book will make you yearn for the Stockholm he sees and the adventures he has!
Man som Hatar Kvinnor (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Steig Larsson
The 1st book in the 3 part millennium series. Also made into a major motion picture in Swedish, and soon Hollywood will be doing their own remake!
Amazon.com says: “Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’s no turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner…”
Flickan som Lekte med Elden (The Girl who Played with Fire) by Steig Larsson
The 2nd book in the 3 part millennium series. This was also made into a motion picture in Sweden!
Dave Callanan says: “Readers who do not find their hearts racing within the first five pages may want to confirm they still have a pulse. Expect healthy doses of murder, betrayal, and deceit, as well as enough espresso drinks to fuel downtown Seattle for months.”
Sidetracked (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) – Henning Mankell
This is the third novel in the Wallander mysteries which follow Detective Wallander from Southern Sweden as he tries to solve the most horrific crimes Sweden has ever seen. No wondering this novel won Sweden’s Best Crime Novel of the Year in 1997.
Library Journal says: “Full of emotion yet cleanly written, apparently straightforward yet fraught with intriguing revelations, Mankell’s latest mystery is strongly recommended.”
The Fifth Women (A Kurt Wallander Mystery) – Henning Mankell
This novel starts off where Sidetracked left off. The fourth novel about Kurt Wallander, a detective in Skåne, Sweden, who quickly finds that violence in his area in increasing when another string of brutal murders appears.
Library Journal says “The intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural are all seamlessly translated…Highly recommended”
Other Great Swedish Books
Here is a list of Swedish books that have not yet been reviewed by a Swedish Freak. Think you are qualified? Then contact let us know!
The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell
The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases by Henning Mankell
Augusta’s Daughter: Life in Nineteenth Century Sweden by Judit Martin
Sebastian Bergman by Michael Hjorth
Blackwater by Kerstin Ekman
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson
Roseanna: A Martin Beck Police Mystery by Maj Sjöwall