The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen (2012) – Mr. Adler-Olsen has created a series based around a group of detectives – headed by Detective Carl Morck – in Copenhagen’s Department Q. Dept. Q resolves unsolved cases, and as detectives in novels tend to do, Q runs into resistance from other departments, and from the Danes they investigate. In this installment, the group looks into the unsolved murder of a young brother and sister from decades ago. In the process, they gain insight from a trivial pursuit game, pursue Denmark’s ruling elite and search for an elusive homeless woman who holds all the answers. You, as the reader, learn about the Danish landscape and people, and can travel a bit through the northern tip of Europe. FYI – The first book in this series, which we have not yet read is – The Keeper of Lost Causes.
OK, Finland is the country we are missing, and we decided to post today even without a Finnish selection. However, we are still looking and would love any suggestions.
Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (2010) – We were lucky 1) to be in Iceland and 2) to find Ms. Sigurdardottir’s books in the Reykjavik airport. Turns out she is known as Iceland’s premiere mystery writer; yes, they have more than one. In this installment, Thora, the heroine lawyer, is juggling her own kids, her son’s live-in girlfriend and their young son, and a client who, of course, is innocent of the crime he is accused of committing. He is also innocent of four similar unsolved murders buried in ash when one of Iceland’s volcanoes erupted and disrupted everything (including solving crimes). Or is he?
Any mystery by Jo Nesbo. Seriously, we enjoy spending time with Mr. Nesbo’s severely flawed inspector – Harry Hole – in any of his novels. We also love living among the fjords and towns of Norway briefly for the duration of each book. And since his first Inspector Harry Hole thriller – The Bat – is released in the USA in July, you can get started from the beginning if you have not yet discovered this author.
Although after the block buster movie, it seems like most people on this planet have already discovered Mr. Steig Larsson, we still like the books by the author of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So if you haven’t yet started this riveting ”good for a beach read or plane ride” trilogy, featuring Lisbeth Salander, one of the best known characters in literature, and her journalist friend Mikael Blomkvist, we suggest that you do.