Summertime Death, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Winter was chilling. Summer will be brutal. Every season is perfect for murder.As the temperature in Sweden reaches a record-breaking 45 , forest fires break out.

All those who have failed to escape Linkoping for the summer take shelter indoors, shocked and paralysed by the heat. However, when a teenage girl is discovered naked and bleeding in the local park, it is clear that the raging heat is not the only plague affecting the town. Then a second girl is found dead. Alarmed by the fact that the victims are the same age as her daughter, Tove, detective Malin Fors will work round-the-clock to capture the perpetrator.

But as every lead comes to nothing, it is as though the oppressive heat is clogging up the wheels of her investigation. And time is not on Malin's side ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444721577



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Summer DeathByMons KallentoftMy " in a nutshell" summary...A long hot summer...young girls are disappearing and turning up mostly very dead.My thoughts after reading this is so hot during this Swedish summer...the police are exhausted and crimes are being committed...young girls are disappearing and either turning up dead or stunned or both. One is found naked in a park...bleached clean...another is found buried, dead, wrapped in clear plastic...violated yet not actually raped. Malin appears to be the main detective on the case and she has major of them just might be drinking.What I loved about this book...I both loved and was saddened by the way one of the dead girls spoke to us in the book. Her questions, her fears and the way she really didn't understand what had happened to her...all were extremely touching. I loved the way the long hot summer just added to the suspense of these crimes. I thought that everything was revealed perfectly...I was on edge throughout most of the book...there were no slow moments for me. The mind of the killer was perfectly weird and dysfunctional. What I did not love...I wish I would have read the first book in this series before I read this one. It isn't really necessary but I didn't quite get all the relationships and personalities.Final thoughts...I found this to be a really awesome mystery. Unique, fast paced and quite disturbing are all words I would use to describe this book.

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A great read. Male author, female pov seems to me to me to work mostly (in one or two places it was awkward). And the book is near the top of the crime fiction I've read. This is quality lit. as well as great thriller writing, invoking a sense of environment without resorting to the travel catalogue-style cliches of more mundane thriller writing (when it bothers to do that at all). It's so strongly done that I'm not going to read the author's winter novel until January. And that care in presenting the context of the events makes the turn of the novel from procedural to to personal drama quite believable (even if you have a suspicion that it's what's going to happen from about 1/3 through). Acknowledgements to the translator, too. Characters are given depth, though the existential-dilemma dimension is a little overdrawn in some places. But it's great stuff and does the proper thriller thing too, racking up the tension to a conclusion redolent of a horror novel. Don't bother reading the epilogue, it's so obvious it can only have been written for the publisher.

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