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The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)

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Mari Jungstedt’s compelling series of novels featuring Inspector Anders Knutas continues to go from strength to strength with, The Dead of Summer, the fifth crime adventure set on the island of Gotland. Her trademark combination of rich characterisation, taut crime plots and the continuing unfolding drama of her series characters’ lives add up to a mix that rivals Henning ...more
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A typical Scandinavian crime novel. Imaginative settings on the island Gotland that lays in the Baltic sea outside of Sweden. This is a book I would recommend. Fast paced, original in its genre and with unexpected twists. I also think the translator did a good job with this one and that is very important to me. There are so many bad translations out there, honestly I almost stopped reading books in translation for this reason and that is a true shame. I think that the Scandinavian crime novels a ...more
Bonnie Brody
I love Swedish mysteries and this one by Mari Jungstedt does not disappoint. I loved reading it and hated to put it down.

Karin Jacobsson is the acting deputy superintendent of the Gotland Police department because her boss, Anders Knutas, is on vacation in Denmark. While she is in charge, a murder takes place on Faro Island. A man by the name of Peter Bovide is shot once in the head and several times in the abdomen while out for an early morning jog. Interestingly, the weapon used is an old Russ
Stacey Cawthorn
I loved this book, the throwbacks to the past were boring until the last two, but it tied into the ending well. Worth a read.
Murder comes to a peaceful campsite, a body is discovered in the sea, the Summer is tainted and Knutas cancels his holiday to resume control of the investigation.

This is now the 5th episode of crimes on and around Gotland that are available in the UK. We meet familiar characters, their stories are advanced but the crime fails to be solved.

The mystery seems to be linked to events some 20 years before, it is one of the oldest motives for murder, revenge, but what horrors occurred in the past and w
Jindriska Mendozová
Poslední dobou patří švédská spisovatelka Mari Jungstedtová mezi moje nejoblíbenější autorky detektivek. Její příběhy jsou promyšlené do nejmenších podrobností, nikde nezůstávají nepříjemně plandat nezodpovězené otázky ani situace, které otevřeně křičí do světa, že jsou do příběhu naroubované jenom proto, aby nepřestal fungovat.
Navíc mi maličko připomíná Agathu Christie. Nejen již výše zmiňovaným, ale i tím, že k rozvinutí dramatického příběhu jí stačí ostrov Gotland, ať už hlavní město Visby n
Kolejna powieść Mari Jungstedt, po którą sięgnąłem po przerwie, tradycyjnie rozgrywa się na Gotlandii. Tym razem autorce udało się osiągnąć nieco lepszy poziom, niż ostatnio (“Umierający dandys”), niestety jednak wciąż akcja nie dorównuje pierwszym tomom cyklu.

W “Słodkim lecie” pod warstwą kryminalną oglądamy ciąg dalszy problemów codziennego życia komisarza Knutasa i dziennikarza Berga. Z tym, że ten drugi jest tu znacznie ważniejszy, i na całe szczęście, bo Knutas ma życie tak samo nudne, jak
Máme tu další várku Švédské krimi, která jasně dává najevo, že severské detektivky jsou právem na knižním výsluní. Vražedné léto v sobě skrývá čtivý styl a propracovanou zápletku, díky které Vám příběh bude ubíhat. Vezmeme to ale od začátku, do knihy jsem se začetla okamžitě a čekala na tu velkou akci, která rozhýbe celý příběh. Dočkala jsem se poměrně brzy a těšila se na samotné vyšetřování. Ovšem jaké bylo překvapení, když jsem zjistila, že kniha v sobě nese více aktérů a co je podstatnější i ...more
Jim Nolt
I so very much enjoy reading books with recurring characters; after two or three visits I feel we are old friends, and each day I look forward to joining in on their adventures. Like the previous four novels about Ander Knutas, "The Dead of Summer" takes place on the island of Gotland. This time, a man is shot and killed at a campsite on the nearby island of Fårö. The nature of the woulds lead acting Detective Superintendent Karin Jacobsson to believe the murder is very personal. And it's not un ...more
Tina Siegel
It's been a while since I read Nordic noir - I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it.

'The Dead Of Summer' returns to Gotland, and the folks who reside there (specifically police chief Anders Knutas, his deputy and friend Karin Jacobsssen, and reporter Johann Berg. Along for the ride are Johann's fiesty photographer Pia and his ex-lover Emma.

As the book opens, we meet the kind, anxious and slightly obsessive, Peter Bovide. He's leaving his loving wife, Vendela, in bed while he goes for an early mornin
Claes Ericson
Couldn't stop reading it. So thrilling, a real page turner. I enjoyed the more feminine focus that is kind of rare in other crime novels. I'm not a hard core crime lover so this book was really something for me since it had both the thrilling crime plot as well as the relational drama. This was the first book I read by Mari Jungstedt and I will definitely read her other books.
A man, Peter Bovide, is viciously shot from close range on a remote beach on a remote island in Sweden. The new assistant superintendent, Karin Jacobsson, is in charge because the superintendent, Anders Knutas is on vacation. Karin calls in help from Stockholm; a news reporter finds some information; the ferry captain describes the three cars on the ferry early the morning of the killer, but the occupants appear to check out. Bovide is found to have hired some illegal Russians in his constructio ...more
A suspenseful book that will have you wondering who did it until the very end. A father is brutally murdered while taking a jog along the beach, on vacation. There are next to no leads when another man is murdered in the same way. The police begin piecing together the clues but can they track the killer down before anyone else is killed?

This book was hard to put down and suspenseful. It kept me wondering until the very end who the killer was. I love how the book is shown through several differen
Rachael Hewison
I picked this book up in an Indian hotel to read whilst I was backpacking. The blurb was short but intriguing and I was interested in reading some crime fiction from another country. It turned out to be a very enjoyable read.
I got the feeling throughout that it was one of a series of books and Jungstedt seemed to refer to events that may have been covered by an earlier book and having checked on here, it seems that I was right. However it doesn't reflect badly on the novel and I was able to foll
Mari Jungstedt's books are not as dark as many Scandinavian crime books. She actually has real people you like as the main characters. The setting of parts of this book (the looking back part) is an uninhabited island that is now a national park. I had never heard of this "green island with wide sandy beaches" before so read up on it while also reading this book. Unfortunately I read this book after I read the next book in the series so several secrets/reveals of this book were already known. I ...more
A good thriller by an author who is new to me. On an isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Peter Bovide, married father of two, in the construction business, is murdered as he goes for his early morning run. There are (of course) no clues as to why someone would want to murder this seemingly harmless man. It takes us the rest of the novel (of course) to find out why Bovide and another man, who seems to have no connection to him, has been killed. This is a thriller with - for me - quite a surprising ...more
Pmalcpoet Pat Malcolm
This story was enjoyable, but could have been more consistent. There were several strong characters, but it was unclear which were the main focus. The primary characters normally drive the action, in a mystery the solution of the case. Primary characters are those we, the readers, care the most about, and attach ourselves to emotionally, which is useful in setting up a series of future titles. This book also established victims as equal characters throughout the book, through the chapter structu ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Another great mystery by Mari Jungstedt
It begins when a man is found washed up on the beach, shot several times in the abdomen and once in the head. Anders is on vacation, so Karin Jacobssen is in charge of the case. She does a good job with the case and assigning tasks to the team. She calls Anders to let him know about the case, and the next day Anders returns from vacation, unable to leave the investigation alone. Karin is slightly miffed, but understands Anders loves his job.
Within a short t
Rachel Hirstwood
Not entirely convinced by this - despite my scanlit crime passion...
Gloria Feit
This is the fifth in this series from Swedish author Mari Jungstedt and the second novel to be published in the US, which begins with the murder of Peter Bovide in the early morning hours as he jogged along the beach on Faro Island. Bovide was married and the father of two, and there are no clues other than the fact that apparently the murder weapon was a very old Russian gun.

The case is assigned to D.S. Anders Knutas, 52 years old and head of the criminal division of the Visby police force, and
Dva a pol hviezdicky. Kniha zacala opat celkom slubne, zdalo sa, ze nastala mensia zmena - Anders Knutas je so zenou a detmi na dovolenke v Dansku, premysla o svojom manzelstve, z ktoreho sa vytratila vasen, a na ostrove Faro sa schyluje k vrazde. Vysetrovania sa ujima jeho trochu zahadna kolegyna a teraz uz aj zastupkyna Karin Jacobssonova, jedna z najzaujimavejsich a najnedocenenejsich postav tejto kniznej serie. Opat je tu televizny reporter Johan a jeho ufnukana, hystericka priatelka Emma, k ...more

“The jogger ran north along the water’s edge, the sand heavy underfoot after the night’s rain. At the promontory he turned and headed back down the beach. In the distance he saw a figure walking towards him. Suddenly the person stumbled and fell, then just lay there not moving. Feeling uneasy, he ran forward.

‘Are you all right?’

The face that turned towards him was expressionless, the eyes cold.

For the jogger, time seemed to stand still. Deep down inside him something came alive, something he had
Ingrid Verschelling
In die heerlijke zomertijd is het vijfde deel uit de serie rond commissaris Knutas, rechercheur Karin Jacobsson en journalist Johan Berg. Ik had Bittere vrucht al eerder gelezen, maar dat bleek het zesde deel te zijn. Toen ben ik bij deel een begonnen. Je kunt dan de privélevens beter volgen.

Het eiland Fårö, ten noorden van Gotland, is de locatie waar de eerste moord plaatsvindt. Peter Bovide, een aannemer, houdt er vakantie met zijn gezin. Tijdens het joggen over het strand ’s morgens vroeg wor
Good book. The Dead of Summer segues between the past and the present, and it is only as the tale unfolds that we learn the connection between a long ago happy summer holiday on a remote Swedish nature reserve on an islet off the coast of Gotland, and a murder which gives every appearance of overkill on a Danish holiday beach. The usual cast of characters features in Mari Jungstedt's Gotland latest episode, and complications run through their lives as the investigation unfolds. It's an enjoyable ...more
Ta książka jest okropna.
Jeśli chodzi o to, co boli w zasadzie od pierwszego zdania - boli język. Nie wiem, czy to wina tłumaczki, pisarki, czy korektorki - książka roi się nie tyle od błędów, ile ugina się pod językową nieporadnością. Rażą zdania, w których niemal czterdziestoletniej kobiecie znienacka chce się "siusiu". Z pewnością autorka jest odpowiedzialna za prowadzenie narracji a'la podniecony Kaczkowski. Co jednak jest urocze u dziennikarza radiowego, w książce wygląda strasznie. Korzysta
Está bien, pero me ha parecido un poco flojo en comparación con los demás. Más que nada porque a mitad del libro, a medida que vamos viendo los flashbacks del pasado, se hace bastante evidente quién es el asesino. Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido finalmente conocer a Karin, que ya iba siendo hora de revelar algo sustancial de ella después de cinco libros. Lo que menos, como decía, que el culpable es demasiado previsible (y eso que yo soy bastante distraída a la hora de darme cuenta de estas cosa ...more
george burns

A contractor is vacationing with his family, but during an early morning run he is waylaid and murdered. Why? The investigation is interesting but hard going for the police. A parallel story is developed and from it the reader will divine the answer to the puzzle. The resolution of the murder investigation is neither credible nor satisfactory. Still, the book is worth reading, although it is not the author's best effort.
Marlene Santos
I have loved all the crime books I have read of this author.
I'm Reading her books in spanish since there are no portuguese translations yet, which is a pity.
The main characters are almost real people and the crimes always have a lot of twists and turns before being solved, which makes us want to go on Reading til it ends...
The love story between Emma and Johan, makes love story readers very happy.
I highly recommend this autor's books.
I keep seeing Scandinavian etc novels on the shelves. The blurbs keep telling me in breathless prose how wonderful and arresting and glorious these books are. I keep falling for it.

No more.

I think it's the translations, not the books themselves, but they are just so clumsy. Look, the quality of writing means a lot to me. I appreciate that other people don't think it's that big a deal, but I can't enjoy a book if the writing doesn't appeal to me.

The way these books are written/translated robs the
5th in the series. Love the descriptions and portrayal of Gotland (and, in this book, another island off its coast), and I like some of the characters who recur (although I do find Emma really irritating and her behaviour not wholly believable). Two unexplained and shocking murders in the present clearly have a link to an event in the past(1985), but the details are hard to work out and I didn't guess the murderer (although there was a clue early on). There is a surprising twist at the end.
Excellent read from this Swedish author. Execution-style killing on the island of Gotland, looks like it could be tied up with illegal immigrant workers, but when a second identical murder occurs, police start delving further afield and back into the past. Short chapters make for a fast read. I made a guess at the murderer about halfway through, but didn't know I'd got it right until the last few pages. Will look this author out again.
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Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4's daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV
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Other Books in the Series

Anders Knutas (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Unseen (Anders Knutas, #1)
  • Unspoken (Anders Knutas, #2)
  • The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas, #3)
  • Killer's Art (Anders Knutas, #4)
  • Den mörka ängeln (Anders Knutas, #6)
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