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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tonight You're Dead by Viveca Sten

I eagerly await each new translation of  Viveca Sten's Sandhamn Murders series and was gratified to find the latest translation (Tonight You're Dead) on NetGalley.  

Marcus Nielsen, a university student, is initially suspected of suicide; Thomas Andreasson, however, can't exactly understand what bothers him about the scene.  After finding out what Marcus has been researching, Thomas visits one of the men Marcus interviewed.  

The man, a former member of the Coastal Rangers, is found dead shortly after Thomas' visit.  The investigation leads to the island of Korso, where the training for the elite Coastal Rangers took place in 1977.  

Part of the narrative is in the present and part is in the form of diary entries made by one of the trainees --a record of the treatment of the young men by a sadistic sergeant.  

Although Nora Linde features less in the mystery portion of the novel, we are updated on her life as she attempts to adjust to the process of her divorce.  There are changes in Thomas' personal life as well as he and Pernilla seek to re-establish their relationship, but the thrust of the narrative deals with the consequences of what occurred on Korso thirty years ago.  The past has a way of lying quietly for years before the repercussions materialize, and Marcus Nielsen's research precipitated events he could not have imagined.

I've enjoyed each of the novels in this series, and now must wait for the next translation.   If you are interested in this series, the English translations which have been published so far are available on Kindle Unlimited.  There is also a television series based on the novels.

Viveca Sten is a Swedish author of Scandinavian crime fiction novels. She writes the Sandhamn Murders series. Viveca is not only an author; she currently works as head jurist at the Swedish postal service. She earned her law degree from Stockholm University in addition to her MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. Viveca lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with her husband and three children. She has always spent her summers on Sandhamn, an island near Stockholm where her family has owned a house for multiple generations.
Prior to publishing her work in English, Viveca Sten had written three different non-fiction books and published six crime novels in Swedish. Her first novel to appear in English was Still Waters in 2015.  (source)

NetGalley/Amazon Crossing

Crime/Police Procedural.  November 14, 2017.  Print length:  416 pages.


  1. I will have to look for this series. I don't subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, but maybe the library will have them.

    1. Still Waters is the first in this series, and I really liked it! Hope your library has a copy. :)

  2. Sounds interesting. I don't subscribe to Kindle Unlimited either so will have to look out for a library copy.

  3. It is an interesting series, and I love the setting on Sandhamn, a small island just off Stockholm!

  4. My library doesn't have any of these books. It's so sad. :(

  5. For some reason I think I'm remembering watching the tv series although I could be confusing it with a different one. Anyway, this one has a lot of what I look for in a mystery so I definitely want to check it out!