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Night Rounds (Inspector Huss #2)

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Irene Huss is a former Ju-Jitsu champion, a mother of twin teenage girls, the wife of a successful chef, and a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Goteborg, Sweden. And now she’s back with a gripping follow-up to Detective Inspector Huss.

One nurse lies dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Soho Crime (first published 1999)
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Mar 07, 2017 Ed rated it really liked it
Irene Huss, Detective Inspector in the Gothenburg, Sweden police force is a person you would like to know and, especially, a person you would want on your side in a crisis. She is an intuitive investigator who also follows accepted procedure--other than when the exigences of the plot force her to do something dangerous which, of course, is the case in just about every crime novel published. After all what is the point of having a protagonist, one that the author develops over a few hundred pages ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Huda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was excited to win a copy of Night Rounds: A Detective Inspector Irene Huss Investigation by Helene Tursten in the Goodreads first reads. I am a big fan of Swedish thrillers-of the Scandinavian, "Nordic Noir" genre generally. And I enjoyed Detective Inspector Huss, the first in a series featuring a non-angsting Swedish detective, Irene Huss.

Irene is wife to a chef (I admire a woman who marries well!), mother of twin teenage girls (one of whom is passionate, excitable, and prone to getting hers
Ann Sloan
Jul 28, 2012 Ann Sloan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I was eagerly waiting for this fourth installment of Swedish Investigator Irene Huss. The first books, Detective Inspector Huss, Torso, and Glass Devil, had been so complex and intense that I had expected that level of page-turning compulsion from this book.

Truthfully, I had been a bit put off by the perversities of the other books (incest, sado-masochism, religious zeal), but I found that I missed that element in this book. This was a no-frills police procedural, well-written, but just not comp
Elaine Tomasso
Mar 28, 2017 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it
A nurse is murdered during a power failure in a small private hospital. At the same time a patient dies as there is no electricity to power his ventilator and the next day another nurse is discovered missing. An elderly nurse insists she saw the perpetrator and she was a ghost. This is the basic plot of a solid police procedural. It is not particularly riveting but it gets the job done, examining the case from all angles and leading the team looking into the historical aspects to be nicknamed Gh ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I really like Swedish detective mysteries and have read all of the Inspector Huss books. The last one "The Torso" was so graphic and disturbing that I was questioning whether I would want to read another. However I think Irene Huss is a strong female character and I feel like the books give some insight into the workings of Swedish culture, which I find interesting. The sub plots of Irene and her family are entertaining, as well as the personalities and interactions within the police department ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Sandie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Helene Tursten does not disappoint in her second novel with Detective Inspector Huss. The story is well plotted, with interesting characters. This one takes place in a private hospital in Goteborg, Sweden, In the darkest night, the electricity goes out, and when it gets back on, an elderly surgical patient and a nurse are found dead. A few more deaths happen before the perpetrator is caught. There is also a ghost nurse, representing someone who committed suicide at the hospital many years ago. T ...more
Brian V
Mar 22, 2017 Brian V rated it liked it
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Straightforward and intriguing, this novel explores a series of murders at a private hospital. Irene Huss and her colleagues use solid police procedure to solve the mystery. There is some domestic drama with Irene's teenage twin daughters but it illuminates the family pressures a dedicated detective endures and handles while working a high profile case. This book is blessedly free of annoying foreshadowing (a pet peeve of mine) and illustrates how a well crafted mystery does not need unnecessary ...more
Kimberly Paulson
Nov 08, 2016 Kimberly Paulson rated it really liked it
Good read.
Mar 22, 2017 Lynn rated it liked it
Solid police procedural which again concentrates on the teamwork of the murder squad. The wacky confession at the end put a damper on this one for me, but generally enjoyable otherwise.
Nancy Oakes
Really, I'd give this between a 3 and a 3.5 rating, not quite a 4. CAN WE GET SOME 1/2 star ratings, please??????????

The action begins in a hospital in the middle of a complete power outage, where the night nurse is on the way back to her station after helping the doctor on call with a patient whose alarm has gone off in the darkness. Sadly, the lack of power to the patient's respirator leads to his death. Technically the ICU nurse should have taken charge, but she seems to have gone missing. Lo
Marylouise Dreibelbis
Mar 05, 2017 Marylouise Dreibelbis rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystry
Mystery was well done . My only concern is the fleshing out of the main character, none in this book.
Cathy Cole
Dec 17, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
First Line: "You're absolutely certain this was the nurse you saw last night?"

An old hospital is hit by a blackout. When the lights come back on, one nurse is dead and another has vanished. There's only one witness, and she claims that Nurse Tekla is responsible. The witness isn't being taken seriously because Nurse Tekla died in the hospital over sixty years ago.

Enter Irene Huss, a former Ju-Jitsu champion, the mother of twin teenage girls, the wife of a successful chef, and a Detective Inspect
Bonnie Brody
Feb 24, 2014 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it
Helene Tursten's second book in the Irene Huss series is quite good. Many of the characters return from the debut mystery and they are further developed in this book. Irene herself is shown as an excellent police officer and a woman who has family issues she has to deal with. Her twin daughters are teenagers and are sometimes a trial for her. Her husband, Krister, is an excellent chef at a chic restaurant and is often overworked and tired. She is excellent in ju jitsu and knows how to navigate o ...more
NOTE: In the short time since I wrote this review, the series numbering has been changed to reflect the chronology, rendering most of this review nonsensical. Anyway, if you read this series in the correct order, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much better the translation work is in the next two books.


Reading a "new" series in translation creates a couple of difficulties that both manifest in this book. First, despite being labelled number 4 (because it is the fourth book in the serie
Pamela  Goloskie
Feb 18, 2012 Pamela Goloskie rated it really liked it
There were quite a few things I liked about this book, and only a few I did not. First, the book is part of a series, and I have not read the earlier books. However, I was able to easily follow the story and figure out the characters and the ongoing relationships. The main character, Inspector Irene Huss, actually has a life- family ( a husband and twin daughters, even a dog) and does not drop everything to focus exclusively on the case. She still has to walk the dog, clean the house, be there f ...more
I had left the ARC I received from Amazon on my desk where a coworker picked it up and carried it off to read. When she brought it back I asked what she thought about it. She wrinkled her nose and admitted that it was ok, but she had not thought a Swedish police force would be so sexist. Further it bothered her that the main character was always sizing up the people she met in the course of her investigation as to how attractive they were. There was also a lot of exercising going on in the book. ...more
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Reading the ARC of Night Rounds for the first time was quite intriguing and mixed for me. As a crime book I enjoyed at least the overall crime story of having many twists and turns as a good crime story should. I never realized though that you had to question the same people countless times as the book did. I believe the book had swelled greatly from the beginning to the middle but then had became a shallow wave.

The part where Sverker nor Carina had not demanded a search warrant struck me odd b
Jan 03, 2012 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing
Swedish Detective Investigator Irene Huss of Night Rounds is not a super-sleuth and she’s not much like Lisbeth Salander, her Scandinavian counterpart with a Dragon Tattoo, and that’s the charm and strength of this book. As the mother of twin teenage girls, wife of a talented, temperamental chef, dutiful daughter of a chatty widow with a new boyfriend, and best friend of her male police partner, Huss’s skill in crime solving is grounded in her numerous relationships and observant connections wit ...more
In letzter Zeit haben die skandinavischen Krimis ja einen wahren Boom gehabt, eingeläutet von Henning Mankell. Im Gegensatz zu amerikanischen Krimis geht es dort meist viel ruhiger und beschaulicher zu. Hier werden die Polizeiinspektoren bei einem Verhör zu Hause schon mal zu einem Tässchen Kaffee und Keksen eingeladen. Undenkbar dass sowas Alex Cross bei James Patterson passieren würde. Auch kommt der gesamte Roman von Helene Tursten ohne einen einzigen Schußwechsel aus, was ebenfalls eine will ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Tinika rated it it was ok
I started reading Night Rounds expecting a procedural but it reads like a cozy mystery. I prefer the former but I do read the latter as well so that by itself wasn’t a problem, and, being set in Sweden, made it a bit unusual (at least for North American audiences.) As plots go, Night Rounds is okay. The power goes off at a private hospital, a patient on a respirator dies, the nurse looking after him is murdered, and her body is dumped in the basement. The witnesses insist the murderer was Nurse ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Larraine rated it really liked it
It's the late 1990's in Sweden. Lowander Institute is a private hospital that has seen better days. The lights go out suddenly, a patient dies and the body of a nurse is found. She has been murdered, and one of the nurses is sure that she saw the ghost of a nurse who committed suicide 50 yrs before. This is a little dry by American standards. I'm not sure if it's the translation or just the fact that the Scandinavian style, until recently, has been more dry and matter-of-fact than American or Br ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Night Rounds, by Helene Tursten, a-minus, narrated by Suzanne Torren, produced by audiogo, downloaded from

This book takes place in a small Scandinavian private hospital in a small town. There are two night nurses and two day nurses. The doctor who runs and owns the hospital often stays at the hospital at night in case of emergencies. This particular night, a man is having complications after a surgery and is on oxygen. Then, one of the night nurses screams because she believes she h
Gloria Feit
Jul 04, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
It’s taken a long time for this 1999 novel to cross the ocean, but the wait has been worthwhile. It is part of a series in which the protagonist is Inspector Irene Huss, a former Jiu-Jitsu champion, and is a Swedish police procedural. The action takes place in a private hospital specializing in surgery in Goteborg.

One night around midnight an elderly nurse sees what she believes is the ghost of a nurse who had committed suicide in the hospital’s attic 50 years before. It is up to Huss and her co
Feb 12, 2017 Donna rated it it was amazing
great... didn't figure out the murderer until the end!
Jim Nolt
This time out Detective Inspector Irene Huss and her colleagues of Göteborg's Violent Crimes Division are on the trail of a ghost... or someone dressed as the ghost... who is seen crossing the grounds of Lowander Hospital just before the lights go out. With power soon restored, a recovering patient lies dead and two nurses are found mercilessly murdered. Strangely, one of the two is found hanging in the attic just where Nurse Tekla hanged herself fifty years before. As the police close in on the ...more
Tom Donaghey
Sep 13, 2015 Tom Donaghey rated it it was amazing
NIGHT ROUNDS by Helene Tursten finds Goteborg’s Violent Crimes Unit back in action. This second installment in the series has the team trying to find a killer nurse. The major problem is that the nurse is a ghost, dead for fifty years.
When the lights go out in the hospital there is chaos. When the lights don’t go back on, there is death. A patient’s life silently slips away in the dark while an attending nurse is brutally murdered. And that is just within the first ten pages.
Here is another t
Carol Balawyder
May 03, 2014 Carol Balawyder rated it liked it
This was my first exposure to Scandinavian crime writers. My mistake was likely not reading the first of Helene Tursten’s series about Detective Irene Huss.
The plot revolves around a mysterious double murder that takes place in a private hospital where one night the power is cut off and A patient on a respirator dies, and a nurse is found dead in the basement. Another nurse insists she saw Tekla, the ghost of a nurse who hanged herself in the hospital fifty years ago.
Detective Huss and her team
Kim Heimbuch
Jan 16, 2012 Kim Heimbuch rated it really liked it
This book is yet another read in a series and one I definitely couldn't put down as soon as I picked it up. Irene is a strong feminine protagonist, which I thoroughly enjoy in a good book such as this, though I felt she is actually to accomplished. Seriously; where s she finding all this time to raise twins, keep up on her ju-jitsu, be a chef AND an detective inspector? Was a tad overkill, but that's okay because Tursten writes a strong story that doesn't focus directly on all of Irene's talents ...more
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Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Before becoming an author, Tursten worked as a nurse and then a dentist, but was forced to leave due to illness. During her illness she worked as a translator of medical articles.

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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Huss (10 books)
  • Detective Inspector Huss (Inspector Huss #1)
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