Review of The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

So, you’ve read all of the books in The Millennium series by Stieg Larsson but you still want more fast-paced, Scandinavian crime fiction? Say no more! I have a great read for you that I guarantee you’re going to love: The Dead of Summer, by Mari Jungstedt.

The latest book in the Anders Knutas series is impressively plotted and contains pleasantly flawed characters that you can’t help but root for. On a warm, sunny summer’s day a camper staying on the resort island of Gotska Sandon is killed in a manner that shows both cold calculation and a certain degree of passion. Anders Knutas is on vacation but is called back to investigate. With his CID team working leads as fast as the media can release information to a hungry public, the case seems likely to remain unsolved until the final, thrilling conclusion.

I enjoyed this book immensely, finding the translation from Swedish to English to be smooth and natural-sounding and the writing to be solid and engaging. Add this one to your summer reading list!

–contributed by staffer Shannon Baker

About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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