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Gunnar Lundgren, a detective sergeant in a small Swedish town, is called in to investigate the death of a resident of a shady boarding house. He makes the mistake of telling his father, Carl, all the details of the case, including the fact that the victim’s room was locked from the inside. Carl, a locked room enthusiast, is a member of a small club which meets regularly to ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Locked Room International (first published January 1st 1971)
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Rachel Hall
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Golden Age mysteries have had something of a resurgence lately, largely driven by the phenomenal success of Snowblind and the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jónasson. Set in the remote fishing village of Siglufjördur many readers were struck by just how claustrophobic the location felt and its similarities to some of the classic locked-room mysteries. Certainly it was no surprise that the author of Snowblind has translated many Agatha Christie novels and he had clearly learnt well from the la ...more
Beth
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Mildly Amusing

A group of old friends, who live and breathe mystery novels, find a murder in their own small Swedish town that calls out for investigation in the best old murder mystery tradition. They interpret, misinterpret and throw around multiple theories and follow lots of red herrings.
Gabriele
La mia libreria è piena di opere provenienti dai più disparati paesi: Italia, Inghilterra, Francia, Giappone, Taiwan, Cina, Spagna. Mi mancava la Svezia: ho rimediato con questo giallo "classico" di Ulf Darling, che è stato persino premiato nella "Swedish Academy of Crime Fiction's aware", diventando uno dei capisaldi del poliziesco deduttivo nel paese.
Dell'autore avevo già letto un suo racconto, inserito nella raccolta "The realm of the impossible", che mi aveva colpito più per la buona prosa c
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Skye
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This was my first Nordic Noir. And one of the first books that I’ve read that has been translated from English. And it was fun. Maybe not something that I would reread. Or at least, not until I’ve forgotten what it was like… but fun nevertheless.

For something that was translated to English, this story is beautifully lyrical. For the first two chapters, I didn’t actually pay attention to the storyline, just the way that the words flowed, and the great character voice that was telling the story. T
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Barbara
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was hard work and not one I would recommend. The first third was quite pedestrian though with some dry humour, it then moved with a little more pace. Maybe readers who enjoy "locked room" mysteries would appreciate it more.
Karin
Hederlig gammal pusseldeckare, med tre äldre herrar som möts och diskuterar deckare och mordgåtor. Tyckte om att en hel del författare nämndes såsom Ellery Queen och John Dickson Carr - min mammas favoriter på 60- och 70-talet!
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