Scandinavians have more or less the same kind of traditions. It’s all about skiing one last time before spring arrives, eating chocolate and sweets, and decorate our surroundings with as much yellow as possible. But what seperates us Norwegians is that we go mad for crime.
We LOVE to watch and read crime stories during Easter. Book sales blast through the roof, every TV and radio channel produce crime series and even milk companies print crime stories on their cartons. We are not sure why, but for some reason, Easter is the prime time for reading crime stories and detective novels. The tradition is said to go as far back as 1923.
Since the Easter holiday officially starts today, we thought it would be a perfect time to give you some tips on three very thrilling crime authors from Scandinavia!
Jo Nesbø from Norway
Crime writer Jo Nesbø is one of, if not the best-selling author in Norway. He is primarily known for his crime novels about inspector Harry Hole, a recovering alcoholic, loner and extremely determinate detective. The dark and compelling series about Hole consist of ten books and has captivated readers all over the world. A must read if you haven’t already. And on top of that, superstar Michael Fassbender is staring as Hole in the filmmaking of the novel The Snowman.
Jussi Adler-Olsen from Denmark
Jussi Adler-Olsen is the Danish author behind the books about Carl Mørck, an experienced homicide detective who has been promoted to the cold case department. He works close with his assistant Assad in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, in department Q. The books are Denmark’s most read crime series, and over 12 million copies have been sold worldwide. The plot in these books are breathtaking and super scary. Don’t read when you’re home alone.
Lars Kepler form Sweden
Lars Kepler is the pseudonym for the literary couple, Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril. Both experienced authors who have each published several novels. However, they decided to get together and write a series about Joona Linna, a fearless and clever Chief inspector from Stockholm. The books have been published in 40 countries worldwide and have sold six million copies. Linna is a fearless detective, who carries with him a painful past. Seriosusly scary books!
So, get comfortable and get lost in the world of crime!
By: Henriette Danielsen