Spotlight: Nordic Chills – Cool Stories for a Hot Day



The Weekend is upon us and the good folks over at  spotlighted a great selection of thrilling audiobooks that we can check out to pass the time. After the last week’s unputdownable books, now they highlight some amazing Scandinavian Thrillers.

The Scandinavian authors are a very different bunch of writers, I mean that in a good way. I enjoyed countless books by Jo NesboHenning MankellCamilla Lackberg and Stieg Larson.

You can find the full list here and I even highlighted a few of them below, from my experience with the authors, narrators or even with both.

Every Friday this summer we’re bringing you a hand-picked selection of listens perfect for rounding out your weekend. Last week, we shared the books that were too good to put down with Your Summer Excuses. This week we hide from the heat with some of the most chilling mysteries and thrillers coming out of Scandinavia.  AUDIBLE

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Victor’s Picks

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell read by Dick Hill

Faceless Killers marks the debut of Henning Mankell’s highly successful Kurt Wallander detective series. The novel follows its protagonist closely, exploring his quirks and personality as intimately as it does the details of the tightly-wrought case Wallander fights to solve. With superb character development bolstered by deeply intelligent writing, Mankell offers thriller fans consistent, but never predictable, entertainment.

It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn’t present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman’s last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden’s already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.


The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg, read by David Thorn

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life. Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship.

While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past.

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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen,read by Erik Davies

    The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl Mørck. Carl’s been selected to run Department Q, a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases to keep him company, Carl’s as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she’s dead, but she isn’t dead….yet.


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    The Return of the Dancing Master by Henning Mankell, read by Grover Gardner

    When retired policeman Herbert Molin is found brutally slaughtered on his remote farm in the northern forests of Sweden, police find strange tracks in the snow, as if someone had been practicing the tango. Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin’s death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

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Headhunters by Jo Nesbø, read by Steve West

With Headhunters, Jo Nesbø has crafted a funny, dark, and twisted caper story worthy of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers.

Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night, he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II – and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft. But when he breaks into Greve’s apartment, he finds more than just the painting. And Clas Greve may turn out to be the worst thing that’s ever happened to Roger Brown.

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I hope you’ll find at least one great listen in this amazing audiobook selection.

Have a nice Weekend!

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