Book Review: “Roseanna” by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

First published in 1968, Roseanna is the first in a series of ten books written by this Swedish husband and wife team. The book has a fresh modern style, with clues to its vintage becoming apparent when characters use typewriters, send telegrams and wait days for vital information to arrive in the mail from overseas locations. The storyline revolves around the discovery of a young female body dredged from a Swedish lake and the subsequent investigation into her murder by Detective Inspector Martin Beck.
Much more engaging than old Law and Order SVU episodes (and I am a big fan), the book has a creeping pace with a nail-biter of an ending. Did you enjoy the Danish Police Drama Unit One? I did. And I really enjoyed this book. The landscapes, settings and characters have similarities….Now I am getting rather obsessed with Scandinavian Crime Fiction.

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2 Responses to Book Review: “Roseanna” by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

  1. jono miller says:

    Must check local library

  2. martine says:

    what about the Falcon-a crime odyssey?
    also Danish… and awesome. available from ABC shop, they also showed it on SBS I believe.
    Must see!

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