Kristina Ohlsson and Moa Herngren on the Swedish bestseller list

Kristina Ohlsson’s latest installment in the August Strindberg series, Beyond Rescueis No. 2 in Sweden this week, which marks the book’s fourth consecutive week on the list. Meanwhile, Moa Herngren’s The Inheritancewhich was just published, sailed straight to No. 3 on the list.

‘The Inheritance’ published in Sweden

As three grieving siblings greet mourners at a funeral, it emerges two of them have filed serious police charges against the third. What has irrevocably torn this family apart?

In the wake of their father’s recent death, Ulrika, Andrea and Rasmus gather in the childhood home to celebrate their mother’s birthday and the remnant of the family struggle to re-establish their previously entrenched roles. Middle sister Andrea is keen to form the same tight-knit bond that her older sister Ulrika has always shared with their mother. It doesn’t seem to matter how much of an effort she makes, she still feels left out. Ulrika rather sees a little sister who’s had everything in life, been the apple of their father’s eye and always had her will be done – yet still never seem satisfied. Their much younger brother Rasmus has in turn lived his whole life in the shadow of his sister’s incessant fight for attention and validation.

When it emerges that several items mysteriously have gone missing from the childhood home, everything is brought to a head. Three vastly differing childhood experiences come to clash. But who really owns the narrative of a childhood? What focal events have some of them been kept in the dark about? Can you always trust your memories? And what do we truly owe our siblings?

The Inheritance is Moa Herngren’s third novel to skillfully and grippingly explore dramatic breakdowns of relationships from opposing perspectives.

‘Death on Capri’ published in Sweden

Sun, sea, food, wine – and then a mysterious death

History teacher Hugo travels on a food and culture trip to Capri together with a group of other northerners. The organizer is Belmonte Travels, led by the clever Lara. Spirits are high, and the group is enjoying all that paradise has to offer. But a shadow falls over the charming island when a body is found in the water below the infamous Salto di Tiberio cliff. Who is the dead man, and why does he have a Belmonte Travels brochure in his pocket? Has a snake crept into paradise, or is there perhaps someone among the travelers who is on Capri for other reasons than to experience the good things the island has to offer?

Death on Capri is the first installment in married couple de la Motte’s new whodunnit mystery series, Murders Under the Sun, which has both the Italian cuisine and culture as its backdrop.

Photo: Francisco Munoz

Netflix unveils who will take on the role of Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole, Tom Waaler and Rakel Fauke

Today, Netflix revealed the main cast and title of Jo Nesbø’s highly anticipated crime series about the introverted detective Harry Hole. The live cast announcement happend at the iconic restaurant Schrøder in Oslo, Norway, which also serves as the “second home” of Harry Hole in the novels.

Tobias Santelmann (Exit, The Arctic Convoy) will lead the cast as the legendary detective Harry Hole, alongside Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon, The Suicide Squad) as Tom Waaler and Pia Tjelta (Made in Oslo, State of Happiness) as Rakel Fauke.

As a memorable entrance, the cast arrived in the cars they will drive in the series including a 1988 Ford Escort, Skoda Enyaq and a brand new Lotus Emira. During the press conference, Netflix confirmed the title of the coming Netflix series Jo Nesbo’s Detective Hole and the main cast.

Created by one of the greatest storytellers in crime fiction, Jo Nesbo’s Detective Hole is a whodunnit serial killer mystery led by famed anti-hero Harry Hole. Underneath the surface, this series is a nuanced character drama about two police officers – and supposed colleagues – operating on opposite sides of the law. Throughout the first season, Harry goes head-to-head with his longtime adversary and corrupt detective Tom Waaler. Harry is a brilliant but tormented homicide detective who struggles with his demons. As the two toe the blurred ethical lines of the criminal justice system, Harry must do all he can to catch a serial killer and bring Waaler to justice before it is too late.

Tobias Santelmann, actor:

“I am incredibly grateful for the trust I have been shown in getting to play Harry Hole. I am very much aware of the huge global fan base and the millions of readers who love the character. For me, it is about creating a Harry that people can both recognize and be surprised by. I can’t wait for the shoot to start. It will be a true pleasure to work with everyone.”

Jo Nesbø, author and creator:

“I’m guessing that all readers of the book series have their own vision of what Harry Hole would look like, and they should be allowed to keep that. We will create a Harry that is based not only on the books but someone based on the actor Tobias Santelmann and everyone involved in this project – both in front of and behind the camera. For me, storytelling isn’t about serving people what they think they want, but what they didn’t know they wanted. We will try to create something fresh, exciting and surprising with respect to the book version of Harry.”

Eric Fellner, Executive Producer, Working Title:

“Working Title is thrilled to be working with Jo Nesbø and Øystein Karlsen to bring the legendary detective Harry Hole to life. To have assembled such an incredible cast of actors and crew is a testament to Jo’s storytelling skills. Through the collaboration with our partners at Netflix, we’re excited to share Jo and Øystein’s vision not just in the Nordics, but around the world.”

The series is produced by leading film and tv production company, Working Title, and will shoot on location in Oslo. Principal photography begins on May 23.

Cast & Crew

Cast: Tobias Santelmann, Joel Kinnaman and Pia Tjelta

Directors: Øystein Karlsen

Creator & Screenwriter: Jo Nesbø

Producer: Tor Arne Øvrebø

Executive producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Katy Rozelle, Rene Ezra, Øystein Karlsen, Jo Nesbø, Niclas Salomonsson

Production Company: Working Title Television

Studio: Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group

Release Date: 2026

Photo: Photographer: Jonas Laumann

’The Nation’s Gambit’ to go into production

Action thriller The Nation Gambit (Norwegian title: En nasjon i sjakk) has been greenlit by SF Studios and will be directed by Jens Lien based on a script by Rakel Kraft Biørnstad and Christopher Grøndahl. The feature film is an adaptation of Johan Høst’s successful crime novel of the same name.

In this story, Norway’s prime minister is kidnapped and disappears without a trace. The kidnapper makes only one demand; the politicians in power must play a game of chess over the prime minister’s life. The chess pieces represent people who work for the state or as leaders in society. If the politicians win the game, the prime minister will live, but every time the terrorist takes a piece, a person must pay with their life. The politicians and their appointed rescue team, the Delta Squad, face an impossible dilemma: Can they sacrifice others in an attempt to save the prime minister? With only 48 hours to win the game and save the prime minister, they have no choice but to play, but with every move they make, death comes closer. And with no leads to go on, could sacrificing a first chess piece give them a clue to find the terrorist?

The Nation’s Gambit will be Lien’s return to feature films after 10 years of directing TV series, such as the HBO hit series Beforeigners.

The Nation’s Gambit has a remarkably original plot. I look forward to creating a gripping action film that showcases how fragile our democracy is when challenged by cynical and ruthless forces. The strong concept developed by Stig and Stein Studio provides me with the foundation to make a spectacular action film unlike anything seen in Norway”, says Jens Lien.

“This is a dream project for us at SF Studios! The Nation’s Gambit will without a doubt be a great movie, with high speed, action, and excitement. When we read the book two years ago, it was clear to us that the concept and the intense plot would make a fantastic feature film for the big screen. With Jens Lien in the director’s chair, the audience will be served world-class entertainment, and we cannot be happier to be a part of this journey”, says Silje Glimsdal, Senior Acquisition Manager at SF Studios.

Planned for a theatrical release during the autumn 2025, the film is produced by Norwegian production company Stig og Stein Studio, with SF Studios and Film i Väst as co-producers. SF Studios will distribute the film in the Nordics, while REinvent handles international sales.

Photo: Mikkel Gythfeldt

Frank Kjosås joins Salomonsson Agency

Norwegian actor Frank Kjosås (b. 1981) is one of today’s most interesting and versatile talents in Scandinavia.

Kjosås got his cinematic break in 2008 with House of Fools and Troubled Water, and his unique acting skills has since gotten him cast in significant roles in both films and TV shows, such as the immensely popular and awarded The Heavy Water: Stopping Hitler’s Atomic BombEXIT and Halvbroren, for which he won both a Golden Screen and a Golden FIPA for ‘Best Actor’.

Kjosås has been widely admired for his chameleon-like acting abilites by critics and viewers alike and praised for his fascinating way of being able to switch expressions from warmth and innocence to threatening coldness in the blink of an eye.

2024 will see Kjosås in multiple film and TV productions including the Netflix drama Billionaire Island, hailed for its potential to be the Norwegian answer to the hit drama Succession, as well as Havnaa, the highly anticipated Norwegian film inspired by the gripping real-life story of the notorius boxing brothers Erling and Magne Havnaa.

‘The Raven’ published in Sweden

On a spring night, a young mother is found shot to death in her luxury villa in Djursholm. Detective inspector Sakka Pienni and her team at Regional Investigation Unit in Stockholm are handed the case. An intense investigation, which exposes family secrets, lies, and unreliable alibis, is soon in full force.

As the case grows and demands more victims, Sakka is haunted by childhood memories from the dark lands in the north. At the same time, she does everything in her power to shield the secret which threatens to destroy both her personal life as well as her career. It does not take long before her greatest fear is not only losing sight of the killer but something even worse: losing herself.

With The Raven, award-winning author Lina Bengtsdotter is back with the first installment in a new series featuring Detective Inspector Sakka Pienni. Bengtsdotter seamlessly waves together contrasting environments in a series of books that touches mental illness, childhood trauma, the culture of silence, and class.

‘The Prey’ shortlisted for the CWA Dagger for Crime Fiction in Translation

The shortlist for the 2024 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger, an award given to the best translated crime novel of the year published in the UK, has been announced. Among the six remaining nominees vying for the prestigious award is Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, with the thrilling novel The Prey

The winners will be announced on 4 July at the CWA Awards Night.

©Jarli & Jordan Photo: Jarli & Jordan

Oliver Lovrenski to join the Norwegian Crown Princess’ Literature Train

Oliver Lovrenski has been selected to join Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s Literature Train. The event will take place on a train traveling from Elverum to Røros in Norway and will include literary talks and events along the way. The Crown Princess’s literature train celebrates ten years this year, and the aim of the event is to spread great literature and the joy of reading.

The Crown Princess has selected some of her favorite authors on the journey, and Oliver Lovrenski is one of the authors to join. The Literature Train takes off on June 11.

‘Beyond Rescue’ No. 1 in Sweden

Beyond Rescue, Kristina Ohlsson’s newly published novel in the August Strindberg series, makes its debut at No. 1 on the hardcover bestseller list of the week.