Tursten, Helene

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Winter Grave

A solid purchase for collections in which Nordic noir circulates regularly, though Tursten’s novels aren’t nearly as bleak or as humorless as others in the genre. [See Prepub Alert, 6/3/19.]

Protected by the Shadows: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

Tursten fans will be excited to read this satisfying tenth and final book in her Swedish procedural series. A rarity for Scandinavian crime fiction, this sleuth has a family who loves her and a happy ending. [See Prepub Alert, 6/12/17.]

Who Watcheth: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

This type of stalker case has been done many times, but this take, with its Swedish setting and sympathetic protagonist, draws readers in and keeps them glued to their seats. Recommended for enthusiasts of Scandinavian noir and/or European police procedurals. [See Prepub Alert, 6/19/16.]

The Beige Man: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation set in Sweden

Fans of Henning Mankell and Håkan Nesser will enjoy Tursten. For readers new to the series, there is no need to start at the beginning. Allow yourself time, this can be easily read in one sitting.

The Fire Dance

Although the plot falters and leads to a somewhat predictable ending, series fans will enjoy the details of Huss's early career and her continuing family saga of being a working mother of teenage twins. Readers of Anne Holt or Mari Jungstedt will enjoy this installment

The Golden Calf: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

The fourth book in Tursten's series (after Night Rounds) is a well-crafted, if overwrought, keep-you-guessing mystery, stuffed full of intriguing characters, subplots, and extraneous details. Both readers new to the series and avid fans will enjoy investigating this puzzling case with Inspector Huss.

Night Rounds: An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

When a nurse is hanged where one of her predecessors died some 60 years earlier, the Swedish hospital staff wonders if the resident ghost is seeking revenge...

Night Rounds

I couldn't put down this finely crafted, Swedish procedural with its complex story line and heart-stopping climax. In her fourth outing (after The Glass Devil), Huss works intuitively, and her family interactions add extra depth to the novel. This series will appeal to those who like Michael Genelin and Quentin Bates. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/11; for more Scandinavian crime fiction, see "Nordic Crime Fiction" on p. 58.

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