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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
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Published February 14th 2012 by Soho Crime (first published 1999)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2013 Huda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carol Balawyder
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
Bonnie Brody
Feb 27, 2014 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom Donaghey
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
Jan 18, 2015 Tinika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2015
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
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
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another good Scandinavian mystery. This one has Irene Huss - a detective - as the main character.
The story begins when during the night, the electricity goes off in a small private hospital - during night rounds :) The back-up generator does not come on. One man in respiratory distress after surgery, dies. When they go to see what is wrong with the generator, they find one of the night nurses, murdered, on top of the generator. The nurse upstairs believes that she sees the ghost of another nurs
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
Jan 03, 2012 Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Pamela  Goloskie
Apr 09, 2012 Pamela Goloskie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gloria Feit
Aug 03, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jun 17, 2012 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cathy Cole
Feb 08, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Bryan Higgs
May 28, 2012 Bryan Higgs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
I ran across this one in the New Books area of my local public library. I've enjoyed some Scandinavian mysteries/crime stories/thrillers, so I decided to try this one. I'd never heard of the author before, so I had no idea what it would be like.

Bottom line: It was a so-so mystery novel. The police seemed to be portrayed as not exactly brilliant, the main character wasn't particularly strong and seemed like she had a busy, not particularly organized life. I figured out who the perpetrator was fai
Mar 10, 2015 Pam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been on an Irene Huss reading weekend....they don't take long but are becoming my Swedish Brunetti. I found I liked the 'world' in which Irene functions; she doesn't get too hung up in angst there (as her many American counterparts seem to do); she stays focused although a bit repetitive in her review of the events at hand (in order to better understand what's happening, Of COURSE) but I don't seem to mind....even after reading three in a row.

I like them
Feb 11, 2014 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. I have a soft spot for Swedish procedurals, having read the Wallander series. This book, tells the story of a series of murders that occur in an old hospital and also fills you in on the private life of Inspector Irene Huss. You learn about Huss and her home life, in addition to seeing the murder investigation unfold. If you like procedurals and crime investigators that aren't cold-blooded caricatures, give this series a try.
Kim Heimbuch
Apr 11, 2013 Kim Heimbuch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irene Huss is a pretty ordinary detective. This is my second book in the series, and while she's likable, she kind of blends into the background. But that lets the crime unfold, and while this is pretty classic, it's also pretty compelling. She's just a good story teller, in the vein of Agatha Cristie.

There are some dated things here, like the sexism, the diets - but it's a good read
Unlike much of the Scandinavian crime fiction being written today, Helene Tursten’s psychological mystery series does not rely on place. Had we not been told that the setting is Goteborg, Sweden, you could easily imagine any contemporary Western mid-sized city. Her emphasis is entirely on her characters. They are so realistically written that they practically move in with you as you read, creating an experience as engaging as theatre in the round. The action is cerebral for the most part, althou ...more
May 13, 2015 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I like Detective Irene Huss, tough, thoughtful, and empathietic. There is always a underlining troublesome feeling and Det. Huss keeps hounding after the facts digging. These novels are not fast paced. They are like a good friend cheering Det. Huss on to catch the bad guy. There is a sense of working for the greater good and keeping the community safe--ghosts and all.
Jan 24, 2015 Dlhmoore rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
A new Swedish author! It's a pretty typical police book with murders and mystery. The big difference is the main character is a woman, not just a woman, but a woman who is a black belt!

The story takes place in a hospital and nurses are dying. The writing isn't wonderful, but the story held my interest and the ending was interesting. Just OK.
This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special. There was a lot of sexism at play in the police department; those parts were well-written and interesting. The mystery was compelling at first, but it took ridiculously long for them to settle on a suspect. There was an obvious suspect all but jumping up and down shouting, "I'm the killer!!"

I've read two books in the series now, and I have to say that Irene Huss does not seem very interested in her marriage, judging by the way she evaluates e
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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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