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The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,251 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Mari Jungstedt's compelling series of novels featuring Inspector Anders Knutas continues to go from strength to strength with, "The Dead of Summer", the fifth crime adventure set on the island of Gotland. Her trademark combination of rich characterisation, taut crime plots and the continuing unfolding drama of her series characters' lives add up to a mix that rivals Hennin ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Doubleday (first published 2007)
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Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A typical Scandinavian crime novel. Imaginative settings on the island Gotland that lays in the Baltic sea outside of Sweden. This is a book I would recommend. Fast paced, original in its genre and with unexpected twists. I also think the translator did a good job with this one and that is very important to me. There are so many bad translations out there, honestly I almost stopped reading books in translation for this reason and that is a true shame. I think that the Scandinavian crime novels a ...more
Alfred Nobile
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read. It is the first book I have read by this author, but I will more of her books.
The book opens with murder of a man in a seemingly random, motiveless killing. The police seem to be getting nowhere with their investigation and though there are many false leads it is not till much later that the loose ends are tied up.
Alongside the main story we are allowed glimpses into the past. One of the qualities I liked about Mari's writing is her feminine insight into a brutal worl
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine the scene: You’re on the most isolated island in the Baltic Sea, Gotska Sandön, which is north of Gotland, Sweden. The perfect place for a holiday. The ideal beach for a morning jog. Until a body is found, a man murdered in cold blood. Why on earth would a family man be killed in this way? Assistant commissioner Karin Jacobsson is assigned to the case and as boss Anders Knutas is away on holiday, she has her work cut out. TV reporter Johan Berg is also on the story but he has personal is ...more
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Murder comes to a peaceful campsite, a body is discovered in the sea, the Summer is tainted and Knutas cancels his holiday to resume control of the investigation.

This is now the 5th episode of crimes on and around Gotland that are available in the UK. We meet familiar characters, their stories are advanced but the crime fails to be solved.

The mystery seems to be linked to events some 20 years before, it is one of the oldest motives for murder, revenge, but what horrors occurred in the past and w
Bonnie Brody
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Swedish mysteries and this one by Mari Jungstedt does not disappoint. I loved reading it and hated to put it down.

Karin Jacobsson is the acting deputy superintendent of the Gotland Police department because her boss, Anders Knutas, is on vacation in Denmark. While she is in charge, a murder takes place on Faro Island. A man by the name of Peter Bovide is shot once in the head and several times in the abdomen while out for an early morning jog. Interestingly, the weapon used is an old Russ
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A man, Peter Bovide, is viciously shot from close range on a remote beach on a remote island in Sweden. The new assistant superintendent, Karin Jacobsson, is in charge because the superintendent, Anders Knutas is on vacation. Karin calls in help from Stockholm; a news reporter finds some information; the ferry captain describes the three cars on the ferry early the morning of the killer, but the occupants appear to check out. Bovide is found to have hired some illegal Russians in his constructio ...more
Claes Ericson
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stop reading it. So thrilling, a real page turner. I enjoyed the more feminine focus that is kind of rare in other crime novels. I'm not a hard core crime lover so this book was really something for me since it had both the thrilling crime plot as well as the relational drama. This was the first book I read by Mari Jungstedt and I will definitely read her other books.
Rachel Hirstwood
Not entirely convinced by this - despite my scanlit crime passion...
Stacey Cawthorn
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, the throwbacks to the past were boring until the last two, but it tied into the ending well. Worth a read.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leidos-en-2017
2 estrellas ⭐⭐ (no está mal)
En esta novela tenemos como protagonista a Karen, Knutas queda en un segundo plano y me ha gustado conocer más a la subcomisaria y comprender más su personalidad.
Desde el principio sabía quién era el mal@ y por ese le he dado solo dos estrellas, es que desde las primeras páginas y teniendo en cuenta como me sorprenden siempre los finales de la saga me ha decepcionado, aún así, pasan algunas cosas muy muy interesantes que me harán continuar.
Kadi Viik
Det enda som fångade var en rätt intressant upptakt, men det räckte inte långt. Urtråkig gestaltning, känns som om en författarrobot anlitats av förlaget. Roboten vet kanske i vilken ordning orden bör komma, men lyckas inte gjuta in liv i karaktärer, platser eller handling. Trist som ett fladdrig kvitto från ICA Maxi.
Ady Weasley
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No deja de sorprenderme Mary, su forma de redactar es increíble, me encanta cómo va llevándote a través del crimen logrando que tú también hagas tus propias deducciones.

Lo que es ella y Camilla Lackberg me fascina su escritura.
As entertaining as the 4 previous books. Well written and well developed. To be read with gusto.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it

“The jogger ran north along the water’s edge, the sand heavy underfoot after the night’s rain. At the promontory he turned and headed back down the beach. In the distance he saw a figure walking towards him. Suddenly the person stumbled and fell, then just lay there not moving. Feeling uneasy, he ran forward.

‘Are you all right?’

The face that turned towards him was expressionless, the eyes cold.

For the jogger, time seemed to stand still. Deep down inside him something came alive, something he had
Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, scandie, thriller
In die heerlijke zomertijd is het vijfde deel uit de serie rond commissaris Knutas, rechercheur Karin Jacobsson en journalist Johan Berg. Ik had Bittere vrucht al eerder gelezen, maar dat bleek het zesde deel te zijn. Toen ben ik bij deel een begonnen. Je kunt dan de privélevens beter volgen.

Het eiland Fårö, ten noorden van Gotland, is de locatie waar de eerste moord plaatsvindt. Peter Bovide, een aannemer, houdt er vakantie met zijn gezin. Tijdens het joggen over het strand ’s morgens vroeg wor
Jindriska Mendozová
Poslední dobou patří švédská spisovatelka Mari Jungstedtová mezi moje nejoblíbenější autorky detektivek. Její příběhy jsou promyšlené do nejmenších podrobností, nikde nezůstávají nepříjemně plandat nezodpovězené otázky ani situace, které otevřeně křičí do světa, že jsou do příběhu naroubované jenom proto, aby nepřestal fungovat.
Navíc mi maličko připomíná Agathu Christie. Nejen již výše zmiňovaným, ale i tím, že k rozvinutí dramatického příběhu jí stačí ostrov Gotland, ať už hlavní město Visby n
Tina Siegel
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read Nordic noir - I'd forgotten how much I enjoy it.

'The Dead Of Summer' returns to Gotland, and the folks who reside there (specifically police chief Anders Knutas, his deputy and friend Karin Jacobsssen, and reporter Johann Berg. Along for the ride are Johann's fiesty photographer Pia and his ex-lover Emma.

As the book opens, we meet the kind, anxious and slightly obsessive, Peter Bovide. He's leaving his loving wife, Vendela, in bed while he goes for an early mornin
Gloria Feit
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth in this series from Swedish author Mari Jungstedt and the second novel to be published in the US, which begins with the murder of Peter Bovide in the early morning hours as he jogged along the beach on Faro Island. Bovide was married and the father of two, and there are no clues other than the fact that apparently the murder weapon was a very old Russian gun.

The case is assigned to D.S. Anders Knutas, 52 years old and head of the criminal division of the Visby police force, and
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Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Kolejna powieść Mari Jungstedt, po którą sięgnąłem po przerwie, tradycyjnie rozgrywa się na Gotlandii. Tym razem autorce udało się osiągnąć nieco lepszy poziom, niż ostatnio (“Umierający dandys”), niestety jednak wciąż akcja nie dorównuje pierwszym tomom cyklu.

W “Słodkim lecie” pod warstwą kryminalną oglądamy ciąg dalszy problemów codziennego życia komisarza Knutasa i dziennikarza Berga. Z tym, że ten drugi jest tu znacznie ważniejszy, i na całe szczęście, bo Knutas ma życie tak samo nudne, jak
Nick Davies
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
An on the face of it 'middling' three out of five, but in truth this was an easy read and an enjoyable read, so I'd possibly have given it four had I been in a kinder mood.

This is the second book from this series that I have read, and I think my opinions about Mari Jungstedt's oeuvre is a little more decided. This was a decent little Scandinavian crime thriller, likeable and believable characters, some nice descriptions, and at the centre of it there was a reasonably strong (but reasonably predi
Dva a pol hviezdicky. Kniha zacala opat celkom slubne, zdalo sa, ze nastala mensia zmena - Anders Knutas je so zenou a detmi na dovolenke v Dansku, premysla o svojom manzelstve, z ktoreho sa vytratila vasen, a na ostrove Faro sa schyluje k vrazde. Vysetrovania sa ujima jeho trochu zahadna kolegyna a teraz uz aj zastupkyna Karin Jacobssonova, jedna z najzaujimavejsich a najnedocenenejsich postav tejto kniznej serie. Opat je tu televizny reporter Johan a jeho ufnukana, hystericka priatelka Emma, k ...more
Rachael Hewison
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up in an Indian hotel to read whilst I was backpacking. The blurb was short but intriguing and I was interested in reading some crime fiction from another country. It turned out to be a very enjoyable read.
I got the feeling throughout that it was one of a series of books and Jungstedt seemed to refer to events that may have been covered by an earlier book and having checked on here, it seems that I was right. However it doesn't reflect badly on the novel and I was able to foll
Jim Nolt
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I so very much enjoy reading books with recurring characters; after two or three visits I feel we are old friends, and each day I look forward to joining in on their adventures. Like the previous four novels about Ander Knutas, "The Dead of Summer" takes place on the island of Gotland. This time, a man is shot and killed at a campsite on the nearby island of Fårö. The nature of the woulds lead acting Detective Superintendent Karin Jacobsson to believe the murder is very personal. And it's not un ...more
Jun 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Máme tu další várku Švédské krimi, která jasně dává najevo, že severské detektivky jsou právem na knižním výsluní. Vražedné léto v sobě skrývá čtivý styl a propracovanou zápletku, díky které Vám příběh bude ubíhat. Vezmeme to ale od začátku, do knihy jsem se začetla okamžitě a čekala na tu velkou akci, která rozhýbe celý příběh. Dočkala jsem se poměrně brzy a těšila se na samotné vyšetřování. Ovšem jaké bylo překvapení, když jsem zjistila, že kniha v sobě nese více aktérů a co je podstatnější i ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
A suspenseful book that will have you wondering who did it until the very end. A father is brutally murdered while taking a jog along the beach, on vacation. There are next to no leads when another man is murdered in the same way. The police begin piecing together the clues but can they track the killer down before anyone else is killed?

This book was hard to put down and suspenseful. It kept me wondering until the very end who the killer was. I love how the book is shown through several differen
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I keep seeing Scandinavian etc novels on the shelves. The blurbs keep telling me in breathless prose how wonderful and arresting and glorious these books are. I keep falling for it.

No more.

I think it's the translations, not the books themselves, but they are just so clumsy. Look, the quality of writing means a lot to me. I appreciate that other people don't think it's that big a deal, but I can't enjoy a book if the writing doesn't appeal to me.

The way these books are written/translated robs the
Ta książka jest okropna.
Jeśli chodzi o to, co boli w zasadzie od pierwszego zdania - boli język. Nie wiem, czy to wina tłumaczki, pisarki, czy korektorki - książka roi się nie tyle od błędów, ile ugina się pod językową nieporadnością. Rażą zdania, w których niemal czterdziestoletniej kobiecie znienacka chce się "siusiu". Z pewnością autorka jest odpowiedzialna za prowadzenie narracji a'la podniecony Kaczkowski. Co jednak jest urocze u dziennikarza radiowego, w książce wygląda strasznie. Korzysta
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Husband and father, Peter Bovide, has taken his family for their annual vacation at the Sudersand campsite in the north of Faro. He does not return from his morning run and later his bullet-riddled body is found floating in the ocean. Jungstedt's plotting is superb as she parses out the clues bit by bit. Even after you are certain you know what has happened and why, it will likely turn out that you are wrong. She's not quite as good at people. The reader is left with the feeling that the author ...more
Way too predictable. There isn't a single main plot point that I didn't guess about a quarter of the way into the book. Even the side plots were predictable. The one aspect that I really, really dislike in a mystery book/series is when it is just a copy of what has happened a million times already in every other procedural around. The only things that made this book less painful to read were the fact that it was set in Sweden, which is just awesome, and that it wasn't too long. I can't really fi ...more
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Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4's daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV
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