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Kristina Ohlsson

Kristina Ohlsson (b. 1979) is one of Sweden’s most successful authors of crime fiction and children’s books. Before becoming a full-time writer in 2012, Kristina worked for the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), the Swedish Security Service, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her crime fiction novels about Fredrika Bergman have repeatedly been shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Crime Novel of the Year’, and featured prominently on bestseller lists all over the world. The novels also earned her the 2010 Stabilo Prize for ‘Best Crime Writer of Southern Sweden’. Kristina Ohlsson has rapidly established herself as highly popular author with a broad fan base of adults as well as children.

“No one creates intrigues like she does. It is simply brilliant.”
Maj Sjöwall

“The writing is tense, dense and very atmospheric. The stories sharp and impossible to let go. Kristina Ohlsson is a true queen of scandinavian crime.”
Mons Kallentoft

“Kristina Ohlssons has managed to do what many before her have tried: to take the Swedish crime novel to a new and unexpected level.”
Arne Dahl

Bibliography

Fredrika Bergman

Martin Benner

The Glass Children Trilogy

The Monster Trilogy

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Roslund & Hellström, Kristina Ohlsson, Sofia Lundberg and Fredrik Backman on the Swedish bestseller lists

Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes stays at the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperback fiction this week. It is joined by Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, which claims No. 5 on the children’s books list, and Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of A Lifetime at No. 6 on the hardcover fiction list. On the e-book list Sofia Lundberg’s The Red Address Book makes a strong first appearance, jumping straight to No. 5.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2017

Jo Nesbø’s The Thirst, Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood, Jens Lapidus’ Top Dog and Anders de la Motte’s Deeds of Fall have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the ‘Suspense’ category.

Fredrik Backman’s Us Against You and And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer are both shortlisted in the ‘Literary Fiction’ category, and Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin’s The Tractor Who Wants To Fall Asleep is shortlisted in the ‘Children’s Books’ category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2018 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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The Swedish bestseller lists for October

The official Swedish bestseller lists for the month of October is out, and coming in at No. 2 in the paperback category is Leif GW Persson and his Can One Die Twice?. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile comes in at No. 3 on the children’s books list with The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff, her latest stand-alone children’s book. On the audio and e-book lists the No. 1 spot is occupied by the same title and author: End of Summer, by Anders de la Motte.

‘The Flood’ No. 5 in Finland

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood is No. 5 on the August bestseller list for translated fiction in Finland. The Flood is the sixth installment in Ohlsson’s Fredrika Bergman series.

‘The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff’ published in Sweden

Bonnie and Charles are on the run and they have chosen Shadow Cove to hide in. The small town is home to Bonnie’s grandmother, who lives right next to an old lighthouse on top of a cliff. The children soon realize that Shadow Cove and the lighthouse have some dark secrets. A boy has gone missing in town and is nowhere to be found. There’s whispers of a terrible legend – a headless Avenger that haunts the living from beyond the grave. And one night Bonnie sees the lighthouse flash, despite her grandmother’s claim that it hasn’t been in use for over a hundred years.

The children decide to solve the mystery of the lighthouse and the missing boy. But can Bonnie and Charles do it alone? Who in Shadow Cove can they trust?

Kristina Ohlsson is one of Sweden’s most successful authors. The Mystery on Eagle’s Cliff is her latest stand-alone children’s suspense novel.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 5 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies celebrates its 20th consecutive week on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany, where it comes in at No. 5.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 4 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, is No. 4 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 3 in Germany

The first installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Martin Benner diptych, Buried Lies, stays at No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list also this week. It is the novel’s 18th week on the list.

Kristina Ohlsson winner of the Crimetime Specsavers Award

Kristina Ohlsson is the winner of 2017’s Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category ‘Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year’. Ohlsson won the award for her two books Zombie Fever and The Werewolf’s Secret, and was lauded by the jury as one of Sweden’s great masters of suspense.

“These are horror stories that grab hold of the reader right from the get-go. The latest book is a feverish, pulse-elevating tale that will make you want to lock all doors the next time you hear a dog howl. Surroundings, people and folk tales are woven together in a skillful way and those who can’t feel the chills running down their spine are surely something else than human… The protagonist’s life story is a gripping subplot with a wonderful grandfather, a best friend, and a secret brother as supporting characters. [Kristina Ohlsson] knows the art of writing original content for young and old alike, books that evoke a love for reading and are topical. She is one of Sweden’s truly great masters of suspense.”
-The Crimetime Specsavers jury

‘Buried Lies’ No. 3 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, has climbed to No. 3 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 5 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, is No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list for paperbacks in Germany.

‘The Magical Heart’ shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Magical Heart has been shortlisted for 2017’s Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award. The jury, consisting children from the fourth and fifth grade, will read the books during the summer and the winner will be announced this fall.

‘Mios’ Blues’ No. 4 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mios’ Blues, the second installment in the Martin Benner diptych, has shot to No. 4 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list. The novel was published in Germany just last week. The first installment in the series, Buried Lies, meanwhile comes in at No. 8 in its 10th week on the list.

Stefan Ahnhem, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award

The shortlist for this year’s Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award has been announced, and among the nominated are Stefan Ahnhem, Anders de la Motte and Kristina Ohlsson. The shortlisted authors have all been selected by the public in a vote. The winning author will likewise be decided by the public, and announced on August 5th during the last day of the Crimetime festival, held on the island of Gotland.

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‘The Werewolf’s Secret’ No. 3 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Werewolf’s Secret keeps its position on the official monthly Swedish bestseller list for children’s fiction, coming in at No. 3 also on May 2017’s list.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 4 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies climbs Der Spiegel’s bestseller list again, landing at No. 4 in its 6th consecutive week on the German list.

‘The Werewolf’s Secret’ No. 3 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Werewolf’s Secret is No. 3 on the official Swedish bestseller list for children’s fiction this April. The Werewolf’s Secret is the second installment in Ohlsson’s Monster Trilogy.

‘Buried Lies’ No. 5 in Germany

Kristina Ohlsson’s Buried Lies, the first book in the Martin Benner diptych, has jumped to No. 5 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller lists for paperbacks in Germany.

Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award

Kristina Ohlsson and her two children’s book series the Monster Trilogy and the Glass Children Trilogy have been shortlisted for the second annual Crimetime Specsavers Award. The category is ‘Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year’ and the award will be handed out in connection with the Crimetime festival held on the island of Gotland, Sweden, on August 5th. The shortlisted authors have all contributed to increasing children’s interest in reading by writing suspense or crime fiction for ages 6-12.

‘The Werewolf’s Secret’ published in Sweden

The forest is ablaze in Eldsala. And it doesn’t appear to be an accident: somebody is deliberately setting the fires. But that’s not all. At dusk, Herbert can hear eerie howls and glimpse big doglike creatures among the trees. The two friends Herbert and Sally are drawn into a mystery far more dangerous than any would have dared imagine. Will they be able to save Eldsala?

The Werewolf’s Secret is the stand-alone sequel to the hit children’s book Zombie Fever, and the second installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s Monster Trilogy.

‘The Flood’ No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Flood – the sixth installment in her Fredrika Bergman series – is now No. 1 on the bestseller list of the biggest Swedish bookstore chain, Akademibokhandeln.

‘The Flood’ published in Sweden

A man is found in front of his fireplace, a bullet hole in his chest. Strangely, he is wearing his daughter’s wedding ring on his pinkie finger. In another part of town, a funeral director is desperately searching for his brother. A brother who doesn’t seem to be missed by anyone else, and the funeral director fears might be gone forever. At the same time, a woman is struggling not to lose control over her life as her husband turns ever more dangerous. Time is running out, and it’s getting more and more difficult to protect herself and her children.

When Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht uncover a connection between the cases they’re pulled into a quickly escalating spiral of events where old sins return to haunt all involved. Someone is leaving messages for Alex, wanting to put everything to rights. But who is the anonymous writer behind the letters, and why does the perpetrator always seem to be one step ahead?

The Flood is the intensely thrilling sixth installment in the Fredrika Bergman series.

Lars Kepler, Kristina Ohlsson and Ingar Johnsrud among 2016’s most sold in Finland

The list of 2016’s most sold foreign titles in Finland is in. At the top of the list is Lars Kepler’s stand-alone sci-fi thriller Playground. Playground is closely followed by two of Kristina Ohlsson’s newest titles, Mio’s Blues and Buried Lies, also known as the Martin Benner diptych. Ingar Johnsrud makes his mark on the list with the first installment in his Fredrik Beier series, Those Who Follow.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2016

Lars Kepler’s The Rabbit Hunter, Roslund & Hellström’s Three Minutes, Kristina Ohlsson’s Blighted Souls, Anne Holt’s Offline, and Leif GW Persson’s Can One Die Twice? have all been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Suspense category.

Real American Jeans by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is shortlisted in the Children’s Books category.

The winners of The Grand Audiobook Prize will be crowned in March 2017 at an award gala in Stockholm. To vote for your favorite author and audiobook, click “Read more” below.

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‘The Magical Heart’ published in Sweden

Roberta’s best friend Charlotte is seriously ill. She needs a new heart, and fast. At an auction, Roberta comes across a globe she’s told is magical. If you succeed at a very special mission, it just might grant you your most fervent wish. Straight away Roberta sees in the globe the chance to save Charlotte’s life. Together with her friend Eric, she sets out to rescue Charlotte and make her well again. But will they make it before it’s too late?

The Magical Heart is Kristina Ohlsson's latest children’s book, and a moving story about the strength one can find in the unconditional love between friends.

‘Lotus’ Blues’ No. 1 in Iceland

Lotus’ Blues, the first installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s heart-stopping diptych about Martin Benner, is the No. 1 best selling novel on the Icelandic bestseller list for August.

Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award

Kristina Ohlsson and her Glass Children Trilogy and Zombie Fever have been shortlisted for the first ever Crimetime Specsavers Award in the category ‘Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year’. The award will be handed out in connection with the Crimetime festival in Gotland, Sweden, on August 20th. The authors shortlisted have all contributed to increasing children’s interest in reading by writing suspense or crime fiction for ages 6-12.

Kristina Ohlsson wins Latvian children’s choice award

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children has won the Latvian National Library Children’s Literature Centre’s Award for best book in the category ‘Ages 11+’. The award, which now celebrates its 15th year, is handed out every February. The winning authors are chosen by the readers of Latvia, who can vote for their favorite after the candidates are announced by an expert jury. In 2015, 18.963 young readers and 680 libraries and schools participated in the vote.

The Grand Audiobook Prize 2015

Kristina Ohlsson’s Mio’s Blues, Liza Marklund’s The Final Word, Jo Nesbø’s Midnight Sun, Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s Those Who Failed, Jens Lapidus’ Stockholm Delete and Leif GW Persson’s The Bomb Maker and his Woman have been shortlisted for the Swedish book award The Grand Audiobook Prize in the Crime & Thriller category. The Blue Star by Jan Guillou is shortlisted in the Literary Fiction category and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Glass Children and The Silver Boy are shortlisted in the Children’s & Young Adult category. The prize is awarded to the book and its narrator both, and the winners will be crowned in March 2016 at the Grand Audiobook Gala in Stockholm.

‘The Mystery of Hester Hill’ published in Sweden

Meg and Frank are spending the summer holiday at their Uncle Eliot and Carl’s home at Hester Hill. But no sooner have the siblings arrived at the big, old mansion than strange things start to happen.

Where is the baby that Meg hears crying at night? Who is the girl with the plait that’s waiting at the deserted train station? And what was the great misfortune that once threatened to befall not only Hester Hill, but the entire village? Meg and Frank soon find themselves embroiled in a mystery dating back to the early 20th century. A mystery that will not only have them traveling deep into the secret rooms and tunnels of Hester Hill, but also changing the course of history as they do so.

Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of Hester Hill is a delightfully chilling suspense novel for children.

The Silver Boy awarded the Swedish Booksellers' Association's Prize 2014

Kristina Ohlsson's The Silver Boy has been awarded the Swedish Booksellers' Association’s 2014 'Your book – Our choice' prize. The prize is awarded to one author of children’s books and one author of regular fiction each year.

The Silver Boy awarded the Swedish Book Jury’s Prize

Kristina Ohlsson's The Silver Boy has been awarded the Swedish Book Jury's Prize 2014 for ‘Best Novel of the Year’ in the category ‘Ages 9 to 12.’ The winner of the annual award is decided by the readers’ vote; this year approximately 36,000 children participated.

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