You’ve heard of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and maybe read the book or seen the movie. But did you know that it’s just one (very popular) example of crime writing by a Scandinavian author? Also known as Nordic thrillers, these books form their own genre of mysteries. They rely on atmospheric settings, surprise twists, flawed main characters, and dark themes. Scandinavian thrillers are perfect reading for cold winter nights and we have them for you at NOPL! Check out one of these great options, and as a bonus, ask a librarian if there is a movie or TV series adaptation to go with it. Happy reading!

The Snowman
by Jo Nesbø

In Oslo, after the first snow of the season has fallen, a woman disappears, and a sinister snowman is left in her wake.

The Purity of Vengeance
Jussi Adler-Olsen

A perplexing cold case with sinister modern-day consequences.

The Indian Bride
Karin Fossum

After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

The Ice Princess
Camilla Läckberg

When perpetual bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the Norwegian town of Elvestad is stunned. On the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found in a meadow on the outskirts of town.