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(Embla Nyström #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,167 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Die neue Serie der schwedischen Bestsellerautorin!

In einem abgeschiedenen Wald in der Nähe von Göteborg versammelt sich alljährlich im Spätsommer eine Gruppe von Freunden zur Elchjagd. Darunter die 28-jährige Polizistin Embla Nyström, die durch ihren Onkel Nisse zur Jagd gekommen ist. Am Vorabend der Jagd lernt Embla Peter, den charismatischen Neuling der Gruppe, kennen un
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published January 11th 2016 by btb (first published August 1st 2014)
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Kasa Cotugno
The only reason to read this book would be the descriptions of life in the Swedish upper echelons where hunting cabins and traditions are part of the social network. That was well done. The characters and criminal plotlines are murky, ill defined, and never come to life. The bad guy is apparent from the outset, and the setup and denouement went on forever.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 Stars

I've always been a fan of Nordic Noir and strong female leads. I love that while Embla is a police officer, this is less police procedural and more about her life outside of it... and on a hunting trip no less. I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of hunting - however, I can see past it if the hunted actually get eaten and it's not just for sport. But let's get back to the book, shall we?

At less than 300 pages, this book just flies. Tursten builds at atmosphere surrounding Embla and the huntin
Dec 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There were so many things wrong with this book I almost don’t know where to begin. I’ll start with the characters, all of whom are flat and impossible to build connections with. Embla, the main character, is a terrible cop and an even worse human being. Then there’s Peter who’s probably a psycho but that’s okay because he looks good in flannel 🙄.

The writing and the plot leave much to be desired also. I don’t necessarily mind a book being predictable as long as the story’s good but this one wasn
I quite enjoy Tursten's writing style and the overall atmosphere of this book (I don't think I've read a mystery on a moose hunting trip before!), but the characters were kind of nondescript and I did not like the overall plot (the villain was rather mustache twirly) ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to the end, so it held my interest in a tense sort of way. I have never tried this author's Inspector Irene Huss books, but when I picked this one up at the library I also selected one Huss for good measure. Apparently there is a television series made featuring that character.

There is no mystery in this book, as one knows what horrors await and who the perpetrator will be. There is also no way one can see a straight path for this new DI Embla Nystrom. I would say more, but no s
Craig Pearson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is a story of a hunt in Sweden gone wrong. The lead character, a female detective, is very human and does not have a handle on her life or human nature. The plot line is not well developed and the bad guy is very obvious early on. Overall, the story is readable but can get dry in parts.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Strong, female lead + intriguing mystery + moody Scandinavian setting = yep, I’ll take it.

What’s it about?
28-year-old Detective Inspector Embla Nyström is a Nordic Welterweight champion, skilled hunter and part of a mobile police trio supporting police around Gothenburg.

On vacation, Embla attends an annual moose hunt with family and friends only for a string of unsettling incidents to occur, which culminates in the disappearance of two fellow hunters.

Meanwhile, Embla finds herself drawn to t
Deb Jones
A poor attempt at what could have been an intriguing story. As others have said, the detailed descriptions of the characters of the hunt and the hunt itself were well done, but the rest of the story falls rather flat. The protagonist acts more like an immature young adult at times rather than the detective inspector that she is. Perhaps the author will evolve that character in future additions to the series.
Liz Mc2
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I liked parts of this book—the depiction of the moose hunting season and the community traditions around it was interesting. And Embla is kind of an interesting character with her boxing and the dark secret from her past, although I didn’t think her character and motivations were fully fleshed out. The setup is very slow (but then, that was the part Iiked) and the resolution/killer became fairly obvious. I don’t know if it’s Tursten’s style or the translation, but the narrative is very flat, eve ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I stopped reading in the middle of chapter 10, right before what I'm sure would have been a detailed, clinical description of a tortured, dying fox.

Before that, I had been treated to the death of about a dozen moose, the poisoning of a dog, the beheading of a protected species of viper, and the chatter of a baker's dozen of thoroughly unpleasant Swedes.

I was desperately trying to ignore the carnage in hopes of finding a new writer of Scandanavian noir to enjoy. Tursten will not be that writer. I
Allen Batchelar
I have been a fan of Tursten and her Insp Hess series. The series grew with Hess and her family. This book just seemed off. A great amount of detail that leads to nothing. The plot was easily discernible. While the actual crime took awhile to determine the culprit was simple to identify very early on.
Where Irene Hess was professional and utilized police procedures, Embla just stumbled along. She ran into the solution rather than determining the solution. Not sure where this series can go if it i
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
This was an enjoyable mystery novel perfect for curling up on a cold winter day with. It's a quick read, easy to get through, and I did honestly enjoy reading it. However, the bad guy is easily identified from the start, especially if you read a lot of mystery novels. This means that some twists and turns didn't necessarily hold that level of shock or weight they were meant to. ...more
I've seen so many mixed reviews for this one, that I just kept putting it off, and putting it off. However, the Hunting Game was one that really took me by surprise, so although it didn't work for others, it definitely worked for me.
For years now, Embla and her "friends" would get together for a week and do some hunting. This year however, there's a new face among them. Peter, is a gorgeous stranger amongst the group, but some of the members aren't keen on having anyone new join them. Peter is
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. In Sweden, Embla Nystrom goes on an annual moose hunting trip with her uncle and 11 others. Peter is a newcomer this year. The group is plagued with some bad setbacks. A dog gets sick due to rat poison, one hunter is bit by a snake, and a large animal trap is set for someone to step in. Then one of the hunters turns up dead.

Embla Nystrom has great potential as a character. She's a police officer, moose hunter, crack shot, and champion light welterweight boxer.

The weather was cold --
Ken Fredette
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really brings back the memories of deer hunting in northern Minnesota. Although they hunted Moose there aren't that many left in Minnesota. Although I've been trampled on by Moose and had to chase them off campus in Duluth. Helene did her homework on this, didn't know anything about hunting. Embla seemed to fit the picture of a rugged women who liked boxing and to go hunting with her uncle Nisse. Being a cop made the picture complete for her. When things got too messy with murder, she ...more
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Tim Nokken
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably about a 3.5 -- after a long time in which I had this pegged for a 4.5. Really abrupt resolution of the case kind of shifted my thinking on this.
Story is about disappearance of members of a moose hunting party. The moose hunt is a long standing tradition, and participants return year after year to participate.
The hunt in the story is marked by the inclusion of a new member, Peter, who grew up in the area and returned to live on the family farm. It also includes two long time participants
Cathy Cole
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For readers who are ardent opponents of hunting, I would suggest they give this book a miss. Since my grandfather was a hunter, I found this look into the moose hunting traditions of Sweden very interesting and a good backdrop to the story. I also loved Tursten's descriptions of the forest-- otherworldly, sometimes menacing, but always beautiful. She actually made me feel as though I were walking through those trees alongside Embla.

I was sad to see the author end her Irene Huss series, but at th
Kathleen Gray
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard one to review because it starts slowly. More frankly there were SO many characters in the beginning that I was confused about who was who and who belong where and really wished that I was reading it in hard copy so that I could flip back and forth to check on things. Stick with it though and you will be rewarded with a good read and a terrific new character in Embla. Hunting isn't my thing and (again) early on I was somewhat icked out by the body count of moose. Once the murders s ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A couple of years ago I reviewed Who Watcheth by this author for Library Journal. It was my first “real” dip into scandinavian noir, and I found the story really compelling, as well as a bit creepy. But I really enjoyed the main character, Inspector Irene Huss. Enough so that I picked up the short story collection An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good to get just a bit more of her. (She is not the elderly lady of the title, she is investigating the elderly lady
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m normally a big fan of Nordic Noir - I love the dark settings and melancholic atmosphere - not sure what that says about me! So I was really looking forward to this one as it’s a new author to me but I didn’t love Hunting Game.⁣

All the ingredients are there - a headstrong detective, remote, locked room setting, bleak landscapes, and of course a crime - but I just didn’t feel they were well put together. For me the characters are not particularly well defined and neither is the plot but my go
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars: I've always loved Helene Tursten's novels, and this is no exception. I love the new protagonist, Embla. Can't wait to read more in this series. ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ibook, pre-ordered
Hunting Game, Embla Nyström #1, by Helene Tursten, Paul R Norlaen (Contributor) March 2019 iBook.

The first installment in Helene Tursten's brand new series featuring the strong, smart Detective Inspector Embla Nyström.
Looked forward to this as I have read all her Irene Huss books plus a stand alone and really enjoy this writer very much.

Because I really enjoyed Irene, her family, colleagues and her strengths/weaknesses....took me awhile to warm to Embla..... Her uncle Nisse, her personality. Emb
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Helene Tursten is a good writer. This is not a good book, and that is 100% because of Embla, the protagonist. Embla is a reckless idiot, and entirely unbelievable as a police officer. First off, to fall into bed multiple times with someone who, from the first instance, she gets weird vibes from and even suspects of things is unprofessional and moronic - honestly it's such a conflict of interests she should be at minimum officially reprimanded and placed on leave.

Second of all, to cover up the fa
Audrey (Warped Shelves)
You'll see below that I only read this book by chance, as a part of the Popsugar Reading Challenge, otherwise I don't think I would have seriously considered this book. While Nordic Noir is always a fun little genre for me to return to every now and again, Hunting Game falls flat beside the likes of The Snowman or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo .

There were times when Tursten's writing style was really good and really pretty. Most of the time though, it felt forced. I also had this disti
I thought this book was the first in a new series, but had some odd feeling when I began reading that it was somehow familiar. I realized at the end that Tursten introduced the main character Embla in an earlier novel in the Irene Huss series. Embla was interning with the group where Huss was assigned. While that was in 2015, Tursten was working on a possible film scrip with Embla as the main character back in 2006. In any case, my feeling of familiarity seemed to come from things read or read a ...more
Apparently, Embla Nystrom interned with Irene Huss at one point; damned if I can remember. Still, this was a good start to a new series, in the same general area as Huss' unit, with a "flying squad" instead of officers working of a fixed location. We have a somewhat newer detective, but still - as Irene is - a champion sportswoman, although a boxer, not a martial artist. Her skills are brought into play during the investigation, so it's not all brainwork. The story is set during a moose hunt, a ...more
Sharon Corina
I almost didn't read this book because of the title. I do not like hunting, however, I do really like the author and so far have liked all the books I have read by her. I started to read the book and again, almost stopped when the hunt started they immediately wounded a moose, I got a bit turned off, ended up skipping a few parts regarding injuries to any animals. Glad I read it, it was easy read and very quick, I finished it in 2 days. Plot seemed a bit obvious though, there was old murders to ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, sweden
Tursten kicks off a new Swedish murder mystery series based on a character from her previous Irene Huss series - this one stars 28-year-old, champion welterweight boxer, red-headed, somewhat haunted Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom. She heads out on vacation on an annual moose hunt with her uncle and his hunting club, and trouble soon follows in the form of acrimonious relations between two members, a venomous viper in the outhouse, a sick hunting dog, and then... murder of course! It's a page ...more
Anna Louise
Very flat when praised as a thriller
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Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Before becoming an author, Tursten worked as a nurse and then a dentist, but was forced to leave due to illness. During her illness she worked as a translator of medical articles.

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