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Still Waters

(Sandhamn #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  13,324 ratings  ·  945 reviews

On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for

Paperback, 445 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Amazon Crossing (first published 2008)
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Crystal The author specifically mentions in her afterword to the book which parts of the setting were fictional. If I remember correctly, two of the houses in…moreThe author specifically mentions in her afterword to the book which parts of the setting were fictional. If I remember correctly, two of the houses in the plot were fictional, and she adjusted the schedule of the ferries and something else. Otherwise it seems it was very true to life.(less)
Kerry No. This is like a PBS mystery. Body is found after crime. No explicit violence. Focus on relationships and setting. Became a TV show.…moreNo. This is like a PBS mystery. Body is found after crime. No explicit violence. Focus on relationships and setting. Became a TV show. (less)
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Richard Derus
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real Rating: 3.5* of five

I downloaded this onto my Kindle when it was a Kindle First offering about three years ago (2015-ish?). It finally snagged my attention. I think it finally got me because, when I opened it, I read this:
The department’s coffeemaker produced a liquid that was positively toxic. How Margit could knock it back in such quantities was a mystery. Thomas had switched to drinking tea for the first time in his life because of it.

THOMAS!! RUN!! Run fast and run far, no good can ever
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn't change the heart of others-- it only changes yours.”

----Shannon L. Alder

Viveca Sten, an international best-selling Swedish author, has penned a fast-paced gripping thriller featuring Thomas Andreasson, in her book, Still Waters which is the first book in the Sandhamn Murders series. The story, set in Sandhamn, a small island in the central-peripheral part of the Stockholm Archipelago in central-eastern Sweden, begins with the discovery of a dead body
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, kindle, translated
A decent domestic mystery. I liked the mix of a policeman and a lawyer, but I felt like the characters were just starting to develop when the book ended. I'd be willing to continue with the series just to see what happens with their personal lives, but I won't be rushing to get to book #2.
You know that old adage, "the book is always better". This is a case in point. I picked this up because I recently got Hulu, and the TV series based on these books is something I watched. While I enjoyed the series, I thought Nora was dumb and while she didn't deserve to be smacked, her innocence act was over the top because she was kissing the man her husband accused her of crushing on. The television series (at least the 3 seasons that were up on Hulu), seemed to highlight Nora as damsel in ...more
Dale Harcombe
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars
While walking his dog on the island of Sandhamn a man finds a body tangled in a fishing net. Police detective Thomas Andreasson seeks to uncover whether this is an accident, suicide or murder. But then another body turns up. It is the dead man’s cousin. Suddenly, it seems the two deaths are related and there is a murderer on the loose.
One of the other main characters is Nora Linde, married to Henrik and a close friend to Thomas. Both these main characters were well
Natasha Niezgoda
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, murder-crime
3.5 (rounded up to 4)

This was book 1 in a Swedish detective series that has recently been translated into English. It happened to be my first Amazon Kindle read, and it wasn’t bad!

The writing reminded me a lot of the 80s detectives shows I watched as a kid - Matlock, Colombo, and Murder, She Wrote (where you mainly root for the main characters and then the actual crime is secondary). It had a wholesomeness to it amidst murder and deception. And it was a casual read that’s great for vacations
Nadine Jones
Whoa there are EIGHTY books on Goodreads titled "Still Waters." That's not even counting variations such as "Beneath Still Waters" and "By Still Waters," etc.


The trite title should've served as warning.

1 star because this disappointed me so much I became angry.

I've been trying to read more books that have been translated into English, running on the theory that a publisher bothered to hire a translator,, it must be really good, cream of the crop. Well. This book proves that rule wrong! This
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a kindle first selection some time ago that's just been laying there waiting to be read. Most of the kindle first selections are just so-so. This was an exception. A mystery set in Sweden, enjoyable with interesting character backgrounds and subplots. I might even check out the series that is evidently on Hulu!
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-first
A good detective story that was a Kindle First download, I found this Viveca Sten novel to be long on characterizations (they were excellent and believable) even if a bit short (or somewhat predictable) in terms of plot. I also enjoyed the scenic descriptions -- never having been to Sweden, I felt like the author described the settings so that you could really imagine the seaside towns and the archipelago. I also liked the way all of the questions were answered by the end of the book. Thanks for ...more
I should probably start by mentioning I read this book in Swedish, i.e. its original language, and my native tongue. I had seen several movies/TV mini series based on this series of books and enjoyed them very much. Therefore, I knew who the killer was and their motive before I started reading the book. Fortunately for me, I'm horrible at solving mysteries, and my memory is sketchy at best (sorry officer, I can't tell you what I was doing last Wednesday afternoon at 6.05. I can't even tell you ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, detective, nordic
2.5 rounded to 2 stars.

This was a Kindle free book. It is translated from Swedish. Thomas and Nora are lifelong friends. Thomas is a policeman; Nora is a lawyer who works for a bank and is married to Henrich and has two kids. Thomas is recently divorced after he and his wife lost their first child and he is just starting to be able to think clearly. There is no romance between Thomas and Nora, they are just good friends. Nora and Henrich spend their summers on Sandhamn Island.

One summer, 3
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the story.

Slow going story, I enjoyed the location and reading about the lighthouses. Googled and learned more about them. Murders in this small island and relationship between husbands and wives. Who and why the murders was shocking.
Still Waters was such a good audio book. However, some of the characters really annoyed me. It was probably how they acted at something in certain situations or how they were throughout the entire book. Either way those characters really made me dislike some of this book.

The one thing about this book that I really enjoyed and had no problem with was the overall mystery. I had no clue who the murderer was the entire time. I also didn't even try to guess mostly because I'm terrible at guessing who
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.4* out of 5. I was going to write a few lines in Swedish about this mediocre murder mystery, but lo' and behold - this has been translated! Perhaps later books in the series will be better. I picked this up fairly reluctantly, but a recommendation together with the constant need of mp3 books sealed the deal. Swedish-Norwegian audio books are in fairly short supply and the English ones are overpriced in addition to being plagued by terrible narrators. So rest assured that I will explore ...more
Ken Fredette
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is very believable with all the people with quirks on the island. I can relate to Nora with diabetes and to Thomas, who was once in the maritime police, I was in the Coast Guard. I like the books that relate to how I live my life, I can relate.
PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kindle first


Sandhamn (Sweden’s idyllic vacation island)...Police detective Thomas Andreasson and childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde.
Viveca Sten's Still Waters is the first in a series set on the island of Sandhamn (in the archipelago of islands east of Stockholm). In Still Waters, a pair of cousins die in a short period of time. Maybe murder? Then a third person who knew the second also died. Another murder?

Thomas and the rest of the police department begin investigating, but all doesn't easily fall into place – as is probably the case in the real world. While Thomas is the center of the investigative team, it is a true
Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, sweden
This was part of a Kindle read-the-world promo. It was especially interesting to me because I visited Sandhamm, where the murders take place, almost 20 years ago when my dad & daughter & I went to Sweden to meet my dad's relatives. The setting is vividly depicted, and the glimpse of life in Sweden was interesting. One of the subplots - Nora's career opportunity and her husband Henrik's arrogant dismissal of it - was especially interesting, because I generally think of Swedish culture as ...more
Lynda Kelly
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Another Nordic series opener and a blinding one at that. It's not a new series in Sweden but is here. Plus they get a televised version as well so I am hoping that will follow here and NOT only for paying subscribers !!
I was lucky enough to spot this in the September Kindle First offer and got it cheap as well so I'm very pleased with my whole experience.
I did wonder at Thomas' detecting skills near the beginning when he was confused about someone's tan when he'd only just seen a postcard from
I found this novel very boring. Deaths were happening, and I found it difficult to care. The narrator Angela Dawe, was about as monotonous as you could possibly think, and only made the audiobook worse, imo. I stopped after the third death, at about most of the way thru chapter 34, and I cannot possibly feel any better by jettisoning this novel to the wayside.
2 stars, if that. Not recommended.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vivid reading

Great imagery! She drew me into the book with a great opening! I could "see" Sandhamm and all the characters.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was free as part of the Amazon Kindle read the world program, which is a great idea really. Seems like all that comes out of Scandinavia nowadays is thrillers and this was no exception. Book 1 in a popular series that even became a tv show. Actually I might have liked it more as a tv show, as a book it left a lot to be desired. Mind you, Sweden is always an enjoyable armchair destination and this sunny summertime archipelago in particular made for a lovely scenic setting, not to ...more
Let me see if I can break this one down - A body is discovered on Sandhamn (an island in Sweden). Thomas is the detective sent to investigate it. At first, it seems like it was likely an accident or suicide until the victim's cousin is found murdered on the island later that week. Thomas continues to investigate, sometimes using the help of his childhood friend, Nora, who lives on the island. Leads are few, then a 3rd body is found in the water. (view spoiler) ...more
It was boring in the overall. Only in the last 20% it picked up. I loved the descriptions of the island in the first chapters, but at some point I got exhausted of reading description after description of every house, roof, gate, window in the island. It is another example of a novel that would have been a 4 stars if it had only 200 pages.
Una Tiers
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a translation. The first half moved along but the second half dragged on. The characters were likable, although the main character while well educated, had little backbone. The plot was well seeded with bits of the reveal.
3.5 stars

It's summer & everyone in Sweden is dying for their annual holiday break. Some literally.
Many will flock to small islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago, eager for long days on the beach. Inspector Thomas Andreasson of the violent crimes unit is impatient to retreat to his cabin on one of the islands. It's been a turbulent year for him personally & he longs to get away from some quiet reflection. Unfortunately, his time there this summer won't exactly be a vacation.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders Book 1) by Viveca Sten is a new series for me. The novel is mostly set on the small island of Sandham in the Swedish archipelago and conveys a vivid sense of the island community.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is sent to Sandhamn when a body is discovered tangled in a fishing net. The body of Krister Berggren has been in the water for months, and it is uncertain whether or not the death was an accident. Thomas has a few questions, but can find no definite
Neva Williams
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book free, through the Kindle First offers with Amazon Prime. Just when I had vowed to never bother with another free book, this gem comes along. I also am not a big fan of books set in other countries and I didn't know what to expect from a book set in Sweden. I loved this book. I loved the characters and the story and fell in love with the Country and as soon as I finished, I was looking online for photos of Sandhamn. It looks much the way I had pictured, thanks to the ability of ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a day - partly by audiobook and partly by text. It was great both ways and seamless to switch. A really smooth translation helped. The narrative flowed well and sustained my interest in the various strands. Both the professional and personal relationships were nuanced. The setting is an interest in itself and provides much more than a backdrop.

It carried me along - I liked the characters and was interested in their lives and their world. I will be reading more of these.
Tracy Hensley
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the characters and would definitely read more in the series to see them developed.
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Viveca Sten made her author debut with crime novel Still Waters. It soon became a huge hit with both critics and readers and today the author has sold almost 3 million copies of her books worldwide.

In May 2014, her seventh novel, The Price of Power, was published in Sweden. It was hugely successful and Viveca cemented her place as one of the country’s most popular authors. Her Sandhamn Murder

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