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Red Snow

(Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Red Snow is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Dark Pines, selected for ITV's Zoe Ball Book Club


One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?


Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man's eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on amm
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published January 10th 2019 by Oneworld Publications
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having loved Dark Pines by Will Dean, I was overjoyed to return to the isolated, intensely claustrophobic small town of Gavrik in Sweden. After the Medusa Murders investigation and the death of her mother, 26 year old bisexual and deaf since childhood reporter, Tuva Moodyson, has acquired the much desired ticket out of Gavrik, a journalist position in the bigger town of Malmo. However, plagued by guilt over her mother, the end days working at the Gavrik Posten and living in the town is a more bi ...more
Miriam Smith
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twitter
Having very recently read the first in the deaf investigative reporter Tuva Moodyson series "Dark Pines" and having a few issues with her, the main character, I wasn't sure whether this book the follow up to it, "Red Snow" would be the one that would change my opinion of her. Although I did enjoy the story line much more in "Red Snow" and wanted to see it through to the end, I still found her very difficult to endear to and found her to be a moaning, dull and boring character that hadn't changed ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I really, really wanted to like Red Snow. But, I faced the same problem with this book as I did with Dark Pines. It's too slow. It's repetitive. And, I find myself just not completely taken with Tuva Moodyson. And, it's hard to really enjoy a book when the main character just doesn't click with you.

Now, many, many love this series so I'm probably just not the right reader. It could be because I'm Swedish and I totally miss the exotic part of this book since I do shop at ICA Maxi often and yes i
Liz Barnsley
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Red Snow was hotly anticipated by me that’s for sure and rather than devour it I’ve taken my time, such beautiful writing and a return to Tuva’s world has made for a purely joyful reading experience and having read the last couple of chapters this morning I’m sad to see it go.

Tuva really is an extraordinary character, Red Snow finds her involved with an intriguing family dynamic as she prepares to leave Gavrik behind her and move on. A suicide, a murder and a hidden agenda makes for a tough inve
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I finished Dark Pines last year, I’ve impatiently been awaiting this follow-up and another opportunity to hang out with the absolutely fabulous Tuva Moodyson. Let me tell you, it was most definitely worth the wait!

Nothing much seems to have happened in Gavrik since we visited it last time but that’s all about to change when Tuva Moodyson witnesses a suicide. The head of the Grimberg family jumps off the roof of their factory to his death. The Grimberg family has had its fair share of
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

You'll not forget this visit to Gavrik, Sweden

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Tuva and Will Dean more, there comes along a book that makes me hug both of them very tightly indeed. Whilst sharing liquorice with them both.

I couldn’t wait to start sharing the Red Snow love – just wait until you see what that title refers to as well! It’s not as obvious as you think.

There’s a great mystery in this one with shades of book one loitering in the background. Tuva has a new job in Malmo but before she
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed Dark Pines by the author, which is the first book where we get to meet local reporter Tuva. I loved being whisked back to Gavrik at one of the coldest times of the year. Especially as it made me thankful of the temperatures we get here in the UK. 

The story centres round the liquorice factory and the family who own it. It certainly piqued my interest, especially as Tuva seemed to be literally falling over dead bodies at every turn! I mean come on who doesn't like a high body coun
Dark Pines was one of my favourite books of 2017, so I did a very merry happy dance when I received an ARC of Will Dean’s latest book, Red Snow, which was a must-read for me before I even knew of its existence. I absolutely adored Tuva Moodyson, the journalist who starred in Dark Pines and makes her comeback here, getting drawn into yet another dark and sinister crime story in the small town of Gavrik in Sweden’s north.

After the death of her mother and the events that unfolded in Dark Pines, Tuv
Rachel Hall
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The first of Will Dean’s Swedish set thrillers, Dark Pines, left me distinctly underwhelmed and unconvinced that investigative journalist and deaf bisexual lead character, Tuva Moodyson, had the makings of a strong protagonist. With an oddly jarring narrative that proved rather distracting, an abundance of repetitive detail and a sluggish pace throughout, some excessive and rather unbelievable plot twists into the close made for a overly melodramatic reveal to expose the killer. In contrast to t ...more
Laura Rash
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read Dark Pines I was so drawn into the story that I felt like I was in that Swedish forest with Tuva. Red Snow took me right back there from the first page and I felt like crying out “I don’t want to leave!” when I turned the last page!
Will Dean certainly hit it out of the park with this second book and if possible, it was more in depth and entertaining than the first. Some quick wit from Tuva had me smirking and the character descriptions were so spot on I felt like I was seeing them.
Susan Hampson
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have to say that this book gave me a real look at living off the beaten track in a small town in Sweden, where there is no postcard images to attract visitors. It is a working town with Liquorice production the main source of income for the residents of Gavrik. The winter is harsher than normal, the people are cold and suffering from dry skin that has to be constantly moisturised to stop it getting sore and cracked. This is the reality of every day life for most of the residents. It certainly ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Like the very best Nordic noir, Red Snow conveys an eerie sense of place, of the suffocating claustrophobia endured by the inhabitants of a small Swedish town in frozen February. And like the very best crime fiction, the story in Red Snow centres on a remarkable protagonist, a touchstone for her time.

Tuva Moodyson is a recently bereaved, independent, professional and intelligent young woman. She’s also isolated, deaf and bisexual. You might expect Tuva to be a postergirl for the #MeToo generati
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book Dark Pines and I loved this one even more. Tuva Moodyson is such an endearing character and so well written. The book is typical scandi noir at its very best , dark and brooding and just fabulous making it a book I really can't fault. I look forward to the next and thank you Will Dean for a brilliant read.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Snow the Tuva Moodyson novel 2 is a fabulous follow up from Dark Pines. If you like reading novels by Val Merdmid then you will most certainly love reading new author Will Dean. The author Will Dean has become my new favourite author after reviewing Dark Pines, he is also one my favourite authors from the publisher One World.
Tracy Fenton
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow as part of the blogtour on 11 Jan 2019
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the absolute highlights of my month was getting to advance read Red Snow by Will Dean which is the second book in his Tuva Moodyson series. From the minute he announced there was a second book coming I was DYING to get my hands on it, because his first book, Dark Pines, was a book that just smacked me in the head with instant love. Will’s writing and storytelling style just click for me as a reader. I can’t explain in, it’s just book magic.

I actively forced myself not to rush through thi
Beth (bibliobeth)
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour today for the second book in Will Dean's fabulous Scandinavian crime series featuring Tuva Moodyson who has now been officially confirmed as one of my new favourite characters in fiction. I was incredibly silly and delayed reading the first in the series, Dark Pines until recently but now I've read both, I'm delighted to count myself as an eager fan. Thank you so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and to Point Bl ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My plan to read Dark Pines before reading this sequel didn’t work out but I had no problems reading this as a standalone. There are references to a previous case but no spoilers and I had no problem with not knowing any characters. I also avoided reading the synopsis. All I knew about the series was what I had seen on social media and what I learned from attending an event that featured the author last year.

I have to mention the climate. Temperatures as low as -22 are not something I can imagine
Fiona Erskine
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the level of gratuitous violence escalated, I’d stopped reading Scandinavian crime fiction; graphic torture of the powerless is not my idea of entertainment. Then along came Will Dean, my new guilty pleasure.

His writing is mellifluous, Tuva – his protagonist – delightfully normal. There’s plenty of gore (frozen eyeballs, splattered brains) but all diluted with brickbats of shock and buckets of compassion.

I loved Dark Pines and was lucky enough to receive an advance proof copy of Red Snow fr
Jan 06, 2019 added it
Review to follow over at on 21st of January!
Don Jimmy
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review to come at end of January with Blog Tour
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yessss! Tuva is back and it's another gripping, weird, frozen tale of this strange town, it's inhabitants and the kooky newspaper reporter who gets wrapped up in a series of murders all in her last week as she plans her move to a new Job in a new town.

This is a stand-alone thriller, but, I'd strongly recommend you read 'Dark Pines' first as it really sets the scene and ensures you won't miss any of the subtle references. It's also a fab read!

Red Snow is a really great, dark read about some stran
C. Bear
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thriller
As with the first book (DARK PINES), the major strength of RED SNOW is immersive, fully-realised sense of place, and a powerful evocation of life in a small, isolated community. The details of day-to-day life in the freezing town of Gavrik can sometimes verge on the exhausting, but as with Lionel Davidson's KOLMYSKY HEIGHTS (another thriller with a conspicuously exhaustive blow-by-blow detail of every process) the overall effect is oddly mesmeric, and ends up giving an incredibly claustrophobic, ...more
Bucks, Books & Beyond
Red Snow is the authors sequel to his previous book featuring Tuva Moodyson, ‘Dark Pines’. I must confess, I haven’t read Dark Pines, but this in no way affected my enjoyment of this book and it is completely capable as being read as a standalone. There are some references throughout this book to a previous case Tuva was involved in, the ‘Medusa Murders’, which I presume took place in the previous book, but not enough to confuse the story being told here. If anything, it’s made me curious about ...more
Red Snow is Will Dean's follow-up to his smash hit Dark Pines, which featured bisexual deaf investigative journalist Tuva Moodyson. (Yes! All those adjectives!) I have to confess I didn't read Dark Pines, although if it comes anywhere near Red Snow for atmosphere and detail, I can see why it did so well. The pleasure of Dean's writing is in his ability to convey uncomfortable experience with the authority of one who's lived it: not only the mental effects of a long, cold, dark, isolated, rural S ...more
Coral Davies
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still don't like Tuva but this book was much better than Dark Pines. A well thought out story with lots of red herrings and I totally missed who did it.
Karen Cole
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having waited far too long to read the first Tuva Moodyson book, Dark Pines, I was delighted that I could jump straight into Red Snow but for those of you still eagerly anticipating the sequel, I can assure you that it is well worth the wait.
All the elements that made Dark Pines such a vividly atmospheric read are still here as Tuva's final days in Gavrik before she leaves for a new job in the south become thoroughly chilling - in more ways than one - when two more deaths shock a town still reel
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the author’s second novel, a sequel to his debut, Dark Pines, which I reviewed here: One again we’re with Tuva Moodyson, an outsider in the very insular rural town of Gavrik, working as a reporter on the local paper. She’s also deaf and bisexual, both of which, in a place like Gavrik, mark her out as “different.” Isolated, Tuva has few friends, Tammy who runs a Thai food business from a van, her boss Lena at work. So, Tuva drinks too much and pretty much hides awa ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
I was quite late to the Tuva appreciation party, having not read (or in my case listened to) Dark Pines until around the end of May last year. I'd seen my fellow bloggers rave about the book and I'd even heard the author, Will Dean, talk about the book at Granite Noir. Even did a reading which, I have to admit, did catch my attention. So when I had the opportunity (courtesy of a long drive to Stirling and back) to listen to the audio book, I grabbed it. Very glad of it I was too. So when I heard ...more
Mary Picken
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
It is no exaggeration to say that this is my most highly anticipated book of 2019. So keen was I to read the sequel to the excellentDark Pines, that I stalked it and its author at Harrogate, Bloody Scotland and every crime festival in between. In fact, I am almost ashamed to tell you how much I hounded people for this book.

Almost ashamed, but not really, because Red Snow is a cracker. I am so invested in the character of Tuva Moodyson that I spent some hours during a bout of insomnia considering
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Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. He was a bookish, daydreaming kid who found comfort in stories and nature (and he still does). After studying Law at the LSE, and working in London, he settled in rural Sweden. He built a wooden house in a boggy clearing at the centre of a vast elk forest, and it's from this base that he compulsiv ...more

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