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Änglavakter (Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht #3)

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En ung kvinna hittas styckad och begravd i ett skogsparti i Midsommarkransen utanför Stockholm. Hon identifieras som Rebecca Trolle, en student som varit försvunnen i två år.
Medan Alex Recht och hans utredningsgrupp försöker förstå varför Rebecca gick ett så våldsamt öde till mötes, görs fler fynd på brottsplatsen. Den rymmer hemligheter som visar sig vara flera decennier...more
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Published April 6th 2011 by Piratförlaget (first published 2011)
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Diane S.
3.5 Quickly becoming one of my favorite Nordic series. This book finds Fredericka and Alex tackling a case with widespread implications. The world of snuff films, a famous children's book author who has not spoken for many years but who was convicted for killing her husband and a grave that holds three victims murdered many years apart.

Love the mix of their personal lives which comes to play in an important way. This case has so many threads to untangle that the reader cannot help but to become...more
Goodreads Description- The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Stockholm suburb. As Fredrika Bergman and her colleagues in the Stockholm Police continue to excavate the site, several more bodies are unearthed. Meanwhile, the name of a children's fiction author keeps cropping up in the investigation. All the bodies in the mass grave appear to have some connection to the old author and her enigmatic circle of friends - The Guardian Angels - who for...more
Book Him Danno
It is not that the rich and powerful ever commit crimes; I am sure
they do. It is just a vast majority of crimes are committed by the average,
including murders. It has been an American crime fiction tendency that all
murderers are serial killers; or the thought we would only enjoy it if the
characters are super rich or powerful. I realize there are some fantastic
exceptions to this generalization, but as a trend it is easy to spot.
I bore of this trend and have found great solace in the crime fiction...more
Bonnie Brody
I have become quite enamored of Swedish mysteries. Kristina Ohlsson definitely holds a solid place in her country's genre of dark, twisted, and complex thrillers.

This book opens with an unknown woman watching a snuff film and deciding to leave her baby's father. The book then progresses to the present, 2009, and in a series of days, recounts the discovery of horrible murders and the search for the perpetrator. In a gravesite in Uppsala a German Shepherd sniffs out two buried bodies. One has bee...more
Paul Pessolano
“The Disappeared” by Kristina Ohlsson, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – March 04, 2014

This is another wonderful mystery/thriller from Sweden. This is the third novel by Kristina Ohlsson, the other two were “Unwanted” and “Silenced”.

A dog unearths the body of a young woman that has been missing for over two years which starts a chain of events that is not only far reaching but baffling. Detective Fredrika Bergman is living with a college professor mu...more
Bree T
Two years ago Alex Recht caught the case of a missing young woman. Despite his best efforts he was unable to find her and when the discovery comes in of a dismembered young woman’s body in a forest glade, he immediately knows that it’s Rebecca Trolle. Now they finally know what happened to that young woman who went missing, but now they have to find out the how, the why and the who.

As his team continues to excavate the site, they make a startling discovery. Buried further down, underneath where...more
Leave it to the Swedes. I have yet to find a Swedish mystery author that I haven't fallen for. Ohlsson is new on my list but does not disappoint. I had a hard time putting this down. The story is the third installment of the Fredrika Bergman crime series, though one does not need to read the others to enjoy this. Suffice it to say that the story revolves around a missing girl whose body along with others is discovered 2 years later, who was investigating and uncovering details about a person wit...more
I thought this was the strongest book (by far) in the series, and also a good stand-alone. It's darker in every sense (it centers around a snuff film), and the characters are all going through dark, draining periods in their lives. However, in that darkness there is some incredible story-telling and it's hard not to be empathetic even as you watch the investigation unravel.

This was an excellent mystery, and she moved the larger, series, plotlines along nicely. The only quibble I have is that she...more
One strong point in The Disappeared, the detectives are good, sturdy, believable characters. However, the victims, and the bad guys play out as poster board mark ups (shallow and flat), and the author leads the reader in circles trying out various "possibles" for the crime(s). The repeated coincidences come off like cheap shots at getting around plot, character and background implausibilities. About two thirds through the book, I figured out what was going on and should have stopped while I had...more
One coincidence in a mystery or crime fiction novel is fine; a bunch of them? Come on. And though I did finish reading the book - just to find out who did what to whom - it was hard to read in places. Not due to the translation, but due to the fact that the writer is very spare (sparse!) in her description of who is who and how people work or fit together. Writers who use very little description need to at least mention who this detective is, or who that one is. Right from the start there is a p...more
Jun 04, 2014 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: My Brother
So, this book was recommended to me and lended to me by my brother. Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t read a book that he suggests because our tastes vary quite drastically, but on this occasion I had to read it after looking at the summary. And Oh my… Thank goodness I did!

I don’t even know where too start – I have to say that, Kristina, You have blown. My. Mind! There were so many elements of this book that I love. Firstly, the characters. Every single one has a story, a past – something th...more
4.5 stars actually....don't know why GoodReads does not have a 1/2 star option :-(! I am taking off 1/2 a star because some of the coincidences in the book were a bit difficult to digest. I am all for artistic license but I feel as if the author went a little overboard. I don't want to get too much into this issue because of the potential for spoilers but, just as an example, too much shit happens in the personal lives of all three main characters (Peder, Fredrika, and Alex), all of which were c...more
Kenneth Fredette
Finished this book. Kristina really wrote a book that would make you want to read the next book she puts out. She has all the elements that keep us reading. Talent for writing a good story. You want to know what happens to all the characters in this book that she describes in detail.
Maria Särnhammar
Läste ut Änglavakter av Kristina Ohlsson för ett tag sedan. Denna bok köpte jag inbunden, men de andra i serien om Fredrika Bergman och hennes kollegor Alex Recht och Peder Rydh har jag läst som e-bok på telefonen.

Detta var den första boken jag började läsa av författaren, men slutade efter ett par kapitel då jag förstod att det fanns fler böcker i en serie. Läste snabbt de andra två och fortsatte sedan med denna.

Ibland irriterar jag mig på personer i boken som inte reagerar som de borde göra. V...more
Red Kedi
Un totale, assoluto e garantito putiferio di informazioni che dicono tutto e niente. Un'indagine su degli omicidi e intrighi negli investigatori. Assolutamente incredibile come una storia così complessa, possa poi deludere il lettore.
Il potenziale c'era tutto. Intrighi, bugie, silenzi, amore e omicidi.. quindi cosa può essere andato storto? Semplice! Basta non dare risposte. Dopo quasi 500 pagine, il tutto finisce con una soluzione che non spiega nulla, finisce con più domande che risposte. A pa...more
Anna Jesse
Wanneer een hond in een bos een lijk vind, begint de politie al snel met een onderzoek naar de gevonden vrouw die al twee jaar vermist wordt, Alex Recht en zijn team waren destijds verantwoordelijk voor het onderzoek en zetten dat nu dan ook weer voort. Een verhaal waarin oude geheimen boven komen drijven. Engelbewaarders is dan ook een verhaal dat goed in elkaar zit. De personages worden goed uitgewerkt en komen menselijk over. Het enige nadeel aan dit boek is dat de spanningsboog niet zo hoog...more
Het aan stukken gesneden lijk van een jonge vrouw wordt in een voorstad van Stockholm in een bos gevonden. Ze wordt geïdentificeerd als Rebecca Trolle, een studente die twee jaar geleden is verdwenen. Wanneer Fredrika Bergman en haar team de dood van Rebecca onderzoeken, doen ze nog meer macabere vondsten. Het spoor leidt naar een oudere schrijfster en een obscure club van filmliefhebbers, die zich de Engelbewaaders noemt. De zaak wordt nog ingewikkelder als de naam van Fredrika's geliefde tijde...more
This is the kind of novel that keeps Scandinavian Noir to the fore, and Swedish writers at the top of the pile. The third book in the series finds the detective team under extreme pressure, Peder, Fredrika and Alex appear to be at breaking point investigating a cold case. A missing person inquiry becomes a murder investigation when a body is found by a dog. When more remains are found the team appear to be overwhelmed by suspects but without any concrete clues.
What I like about Kristina Ohlsson'...more
Luanne Ollivier
I quite discovered Swedish author Kristina Ohlsson by accident when I picked up her first book "Unwanted". Fortuitous accident - because it was the first in a fantastic crime series featuring Investigative analyst Fredrika Bergman. The third book, Disappeared, is newly released and it too was a fantastic read.

The prologue's opening lines, set in the past, grabbed me immediately....

"When the film begins she has no idea what she is about to see. Nor does she realise what devastating consequence...more
This was a great example of the Scandinavian crime genre - it's a little dark, a little gritty and comes to a crashing conclusion.

A cold case is reignited with the discovery of a body buried in a remote wooded area. The victim was Rebecca Tolle, a university student who had gone missing some years before. Investigator Alex Recht has never forgotten this case and now, in the midst of grieving for his deceased wife, he finds himself drawn back into this case and into the lives of the victim’s fam...more
Joop Liefaard
In een bos in de buurt van Stockholm wordt het stoffelijke overschot van een vrouw gevonden. Het hoofd en de handen ontbreken. Aan de navelpiercing herkent inspecteur Alex Recht de vrouw. Het is Rebecca Trolle, een studente die twee jaar geleden het ouderlijk huis verliet en nooit terugkeerde. Alex Recht en zijn team hebben de verdwijning nooit kunnen oplossen en dat knaagt nog steeds. Al vrij snel na de ontdekking van het lichaam van Rebecca wordt er in hetzelfde graf nog een stoffelijk oversch...more
I'd never heard of Ms. Ohlsson, but she's apparently one of the wave of great Scandinavian mystery writers currently crashing on our bookshelves. Because this is the third in this series, there were a few things at the start - backstory on the detectives - that I found a little confusing. We don't get a "previously..." section which was ok, mostly because the interrelationships and personal lives doesn't need to be front-and-center until later and by then you'll have sorted it all out.

As far as...more
Dit is het derde deel in de reeks over de inspecteurs: Frederika Bergman, Peder Ryth en Alex Recht. Het boek gaat weer verder waar het gebleven is en je leert de inspecteurs ook veel beter kennen. Alle drie worstelen ze met hun eigen problemen. Frederika is pas bevallen van haar dochter en wil weer zo gauw mogelijk aan het werk, haar partner wil daarentegen weer minder gaan werken. Peder Ryth heeft een huwelijkscrisis en Alex Recht heeft zijn vrouw verloren.

Het verhaal begint heel spannend over...more
From her background I thought this would be a Stella Rimington experience, but no it's far better, with a decent plot and plausible enough characters. It doesn't quite express the anguish of it's cast as it tries to, but it has a decent bash and takes us through some hellish situations of widowerhood and accusations of sexual assault rather than a stabfest. Good work situations too, looking forwards to reading more.
My second book of the series and i can very well see the progress the author has made as a writer.

This is a perfect example of why people like nordic crime fiction and although the truth may not be worth the suspense in the novel, but it is always the suspense which makes or breaks the book isn't it?

I loved Kristina Ohlsson's "Unwanted". The second one was just ok to me. It seemed a bit far fetched but I stayed with it. Her 3rd book "The Disappeared" was much better. Her novels seem to be getting thicker along with more plots and murders, but you can still keep track of the characters.
another good one - i liked the intersection of the detective's personal stories - although far fetched, didn't seem out of left field. not groundbreaking writing, of course, but the plots are some of the least predictable that i can remember. will keep reading these as they're translated.
Katrina Gonsalves
Actually three and a half stars. Once again, I read the third book before the other two. Interesting characters, but a bit disjointed. I think it's probably due to poor translation. I do intend to read the other two.
Jamie Farquharson
Harmless fiction, but not outstanding: although the investigative team are all more-or-less feasible characters, there are just too many coincidences throughout the story to yield a believable plot, and the final chapter helplessly tacked on the end just feels like a waste of time. The twist in the tale is much like the Great Wall of China, in that you can see it from space.
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Kristina Ohlsson is a political scientist and until recently held the position of Counter-Terrorism Officer at OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). She has previously worked at the Swedish Security Service, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish National Defense College, where she was a junior expert on the Middle East conflict and the foreign policy of the Eu...more
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