What is it about a great book that makes you want to avoid all of life’s responsibilities and cozy up somewhere or sneak a chapter while you are sitting at your desk pretending to be engaged in the fifth Zoom call of the day?
Oh, let me count the ways.
A good read is transcendental and has the power to take you away on an adventure of your choosing.
Anyone else looking to escape for a bit? Yeah, same.
In my continued quest to be whisked away to a far off land and engulfed in a page-turner, I discovered Scandinavian Noir.
What is Scandinavian Noir, you ask?
Well, its crime fiction, typically set in some blustery town in Scandinavia. It can be gruesome with lots of murders, full of twists and mystery, but at the same time offer a peek inside the lives of Scandinavian people. You know, the happiest people on earth. The combination is strange, I know, but it works and the thought of having a stack of these titles in the queue has me feeling a little more excitement in my anticipation for the onset of fall.
If you have read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, you already have one Nordic noir under your belt.
Steig Larson isn’t the only writer who does this genre well. There are so many good writers to choose from!
I made friends with the local librarian in town and, together, we curated a solid eight to get you started.
Shout out to the La Grange Park Library!
I’m Traveling Alone is at the top because it was my first read into this world after discovering it in the Sunday paper. It is a good place to start.
Here is our Scandinavian Noir Book List:
I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork
A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree with a jump rope around her neck. She is dressed in a strange doll’s clothes. Around her neck is an airline tag that says “I’m traveling alone.”*
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Chief detective Carl Mørck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.*
The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
The Boy at The Door bt Alex Dahl
The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good by Helene Tursten
The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
*All book summaries provided by Goodreads.