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Meet Me in Malmö (Inspector Anita Sundstrom #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,094 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Ewan Strachan is a second-rate journalist working for a third-rate publication in Newcastle. His unfulfilled career is given a potential boost when he meets a one-time friend from university who is appearing at a film festival in Edinburgh. Mick Roslyn is now an acclaimed movie director based in Sweden, married to the glamorous leading lady of most of his films. Mick invit ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Robert Hale
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A very promising start to a series set in Sweden featuring Inspector Anita Sundstrom.

A nice but dim journalist jumps at the chance to go to Sweden to interview an old university friend, film director Mick Roslyn. Roslyn is married to film star Malin Lovgren. Marlin is found murdered. Ewan Strachan, the Scottish journalist, finds his trip to Sweden turns into a nightmare. Anita Sundstrom, divorcee and blunt Swede, is brought in to investigate. Who would want to kill Marlin Lovgren?

This had a very
Rebecca Martin
I took a chance on this one and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I will read the second one. I liked it that much. Why then the two stars? Because of the completely ridiculous ending. The scene of the final struggle is (literally) over the top and too improbable to accept. That's the first thing. The other is that, while I like a twist at the end, this twist I just did not believe. There was no preparation for it in any way and I ended up just shrugging my shoulders and deciding I just did ...more
Liz Barnsley
Enjoyable crime romp featuring new detective on the block Anna Sundstrom, entertaining throughout with some great characters. Yes a certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required, most especially with regards to the ending, but overall very good indeed.

The strength in this story comes from the two main characters – Ewan is slightly hapless, when he seizes the opportunity to use old ties to secure a decent interview he ends up embroiled in murder. Anna, the detective on the case is an extr
I would have given this three stars...until the last three lines. I enjoyed the police procedural and cooperation with a journalist. However the final chapters changed my rating to a "Didn't like it"
The first of Torquil MacLeod’s series featuring Swedish detective Anita Sundström , with two further instalments already published: Murder In Malmo and Missing In Malmo. The book opens with the apparent suicide of a young female student at Durham University, from where the story moves forward twenty five years and we first encounter Ewan Strachan, a less than talented journalist working for a tinpot local magazine in the North East of England. Getting wind of Strachan’s former involvement at uni ...more
Linda Root
This book started out as a strong five. I was elated with the early pages and captivated by the way the plot was evolving. Then, by the time I was 2/3 of the way to the end, it started to slide and settled down to a four, and by the end, it was so disappointing I am giving it a *** +. The quality of the writing makes it a better than average read, but the characters become less believable and far less likeable as the story progresses. There are a few too many twists and turns and the end is way ...more
Loyce Rogers
I am amazed at the number of people that got to the end, then decided the author had ruined the book. You were given ample warning early on. I didn't even last long enough to meet the main character.

At the end of chapter 5, this not very interesting journalist walks into a murder scene and "Then, without knowing why he did it, he slipped a hand under her rigid body and cradled her. He found he was stroking her hair." Gosh, guess what happens next? Someone walks in on him fondling a freshly dead
I have started keeping a table of Nordic mystery writers and series. I feel I have read so many now and they start to get all jumbled up. This one had a few nice twists which I appreciated but the characters felt a little bit stale. The obligatory monster of a boss, the lecherous work mate, the lonely detective. It does get old after a while.

A British journalist is invited to Malmö to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden's leading film directors. When he discovers the directors glamorous film star wife dead in her apartment, the Skåne County Police are called in to solve the high-profile case. Among the investigating team is Inspector Anita Sundström, who soon finds the list of suspects growing. As Anita battles to discover the answers amid the antagonism of some of her colleagues, she even beg
Cathy Cole
Torquil MacLeod has written a fast-paced mystery with two engaging main characters. Yes, Ewan Strachan never has reached his full potential, but he's a bit of a charmer, and it's easy to forgive him a failure or two. In fact, the reader wants him to make a complete success of his interview with the famous film director and his beautiful movie star wife-- after all, Ewan's got the inside track, doesn't he? In her own way, Inspector Anita Sundström is just as appealing. She's a bit of a loner, hav ...more
Borrowed interest: I know Swedish crime is à la mode ever since Dragon Tattoo, but really an author should stick to the countries they lived in and the cultures they know.
The product is the hero: We spend way too much time with the lame Ewan, and way too little with Anita.
Permission to believe: Unlikely is the word that jumps out of most pages, and the ending defies common sense.
There are enough other reviews that wisely advise this is a better book if you don't read to the end. I would agree - stop at the end of chapter 35 and it is a better but not by much due to the rather one dimensional characters and the creeping hint of sexism.

Is this really how men think of women as things to conquer, possess or ridicule? Are we supposed to cheer a female lead who is a competent detective yet is constantly judging herself based on what the men surrounding her think? Scandi noir
Julian King
I (almost) really enjoyed this cheeky leap to the bandwagon - and why shouldn't a Brit write ScandiCrime? The setting is convincing, the characters sympathetic and alive; the plot will serve.

So where's that fifth star and why the '(almost)'?

Let's just say that if you're borrowing this book from the library and you find that the final page has been ripped out - then someone, somewhere has done you a big favour: thank him in your prayers! The author seemingly could't resist one final twist, but be
Lynn Kearney
Quite a good mystery with a nice twist. (What is someone named Torquil MacLeod doing writing Swedish mysteries?)
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Vicky-Leigh Sayer
Torquil MacLeod although Scottish, clearly knows Sweden well and it shines through in this novel.

Ewan Strachan a struggling journalist is keen to write about Swedish film sensation Mick Rosyln, an English guy that Ewan was at the prestigious Durham University with.

A chance meeting with him at a film festival sees him being offered an invitation over to Malmö where Mick is based with his wife, the beautiful Swedish actress Malin Lovgren, to interview Mick and maybe Malin, which pleases Ewan's lec
Lisa Hall
This was a grippy crime read, that started off fairly slowly but soon gathered pace and really drew me in. The story flips back and forth between the present day and back to the days when Ewan, the journalist, and Mick, the film director, were at University together - this means that the reader gets to experience both past and present characters, an aspect that I really enjoyed as I felt it made the characters come to life.
I really liked Ewan and Anita, and the way they danced around their rela
Carlos Isoard
Few times have I been so conflicted. The book is very entertaining. The main character, Anita Sundstrom, shows great potential as a heroic protagonist. And yet, few times have I had a story I was enjoying be so spectacularly ruined by half a page of dialogue. The twist ending is surprising in its poor execution. It is pointless, flat, illogical, and strikes of sheer laziness from the author. A most idiotic way of ending an otherwise enjoyable read.
This is the authors first book starring Anita Sundstrom, Inspector. Its a Scandinavian detective story. I was quite disappointed in it as the characters were two dimensional but I had the feeling that they were about to jump into full bloom. It didn't happen. The ending, while not a surprise was not expected as the author didn't tell the reader everything. I was pretty disappointed in the book.
Claire Hill
Review: Meet me in Malmö (Inspector Anita Sundström #1) by Torquil MacLeod Publication Date:26th March 2015

Publisher:McNidder & Grace


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A British journalist is invited to Malmö to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden'sleading film directors. When he discovers the directors glamorous film star wife dead in her apartment, the Skåne County Police are called in to solve the high-profile case. Amon
Jim Nolt
"Meet me In Malmo" by Torquil MacLeod is a story of long-time jealousy between two former college chums... one of whom (Ewan Strachan) is now a mediocre journalist in England and the other (Mick Roslyn) a successful movie director married to one of Sweden's most celebrated stars, Malin Lovgren. Despite their past difficulties, Strachan manages an invitation to interview Roslyn and with only mild trepidation catches a flight to Sweden where they've agreed to meet at Roslyn's Malmo apartment. Arri ...more
george burns
Just About Perfect

An Agatha Christie quality mystery with interesting, believable characters. There are two protagonists. A downtrodden British journalist gets an opportunity to travel to Sweden to interview an old friend. The trouble is that the old friend's wife turns up dead. The second protagonist is Inspector Sundstrom who is divorced and somewhat discouraged, but has a healthy relationship with her teenaged son and is a competent and conscientious investigator. The investigators are faced
I usually enjoy reading novels set in places I have been to, and for me Malmö just about about qualifies in that category, as I once took a day trip there from Copenhagen. Much of the action takes place around the city centre and my enjoyment was enhanced by pleasant reminiscences of the locations featured. This novel is one of those where the first person narrative is told from the perspective of two people rather than one. It won't win any literary prizes but it is what it is, a reasonably ent ...more
A journalist for a rather insignificant British publication finagles an invitation to interview an old university friend who is now one of Sweden’s leading film directors. When he discovers the director’s beautiful movie star wife dead in her apartment in Malmo in southern Sweden, Inspector Anita Sundström is called to lead the investigation due to her facility with English. The suspenseful plot takes a lot of twists and turns until a climactic scene atop the Turning Torso, Malmo’s highest skysc ...more
Jesus Flores
Meet me in Malmo

So Ewan Stratchan goes to Malmo to interview former schoolfriend Mick on his moviemaking, once he arrives he finds Micks wife dead, both are witness-suspects by the Swedish police, Anita Sundstrom being the lead investigator, Mick offers two theories one fan who wrote letters to dead wife, and some ex-cop trying to silence his new documentary. The police procedural here is interesting to read, how they search for the fan and catch him and make him suspect one, even how they resea
Sari Gilbert
A valiant try but doesn't quite make it.

MacLeod writes pretty well but the plot just doesn't quite make it. A surprise ending has to make sense and the murderer, actually a double murderer, had no motives for either killing and the denouement is therefore not credible. Maybe in the later books the Anita character is developed further but I this one she doesn't have enough depth to be a protagonist. The other police characters are nicely defined but the author's descriptions of the city of Malmö
If I have a problem with his books, it is the abrupt ending after the climax of the storyline. The only way to deal with that is to start the next book in the series as they represent chapters in a longer storyline with characters entering and leaving (permanently) while Anita's life in the police and at home struggles between doing the right thing while many around her act less than honourably. DO READ THEM CHRONOLOGICALLY, as the three books do represent a continuous storyline, even though $2 ...more
what the hell?!
hmmm; well, now that I've read through the last word of this book, I think I would prefer this author wrote novels set in Scotland, where he is from, not Sweden. Don't get me wrong; he knows Malmö as well as anyone with access to Wikipedia. But the Swedish character ? I dunno. Maybe, but I felt as though the story was written in grays and half-lights to make the reader think "oh! Swedish!" as though this was useful, meaningful information. It wasn't. Too many references to Ikea, pizza, coffee an ...more
Not my favorite Nordic read, but not bad. It has a good, steady rhythm and I thought I had figured everything out... well, I was wrong, there is a twist that I didn't see coming at all. My problem was more with the characters than with the plot. Anita Sundstrom got on my nerves. It is not cute how disorganized she is, and can we all agree that, when picking up a suspect it's probably a good idea to carry a weapon? At least the whodunit was worth it. I will keep reading this series to give it ano ...more
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Torquil MacLeod was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the north east of England. After a brief spell as a teacher in Worcestershire, he worked in advertising agencies in Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle; since 2000 he has been a freelance writer.
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