Benvittring Weathered Bones

The Öland Series #5

A man lays down a garland of roses on a desolate Öland beach, only to moments later die in a sudden rock-fall. When police officer Tilda Davidsson lifts the garland, she discovers bone remains from a man that was last seen alive in the company of Tilda’s relative, the 86-year-old skipper Gerlof.

Gerlof is sickly and feeble, but is nevertheless forced to investigate why an old tragedy still has the power to instill fear and hatred. Hatred so strong that the murder on the beach is just the beginning.


Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden 2021
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  • “Excellent suspense, perfect fall reading!”

    Femina, Sweden

  • “Johan Theorin is a driven writer who knows how to get the reader hooked right from the very first page. /…/ Although this is slow crime, it is exciting from beginning to end, and if you are interested in people, relationships, and history, [Weathered Bones] is a little treasure trove.”

    Stavanger Aftenblad, Norway

  • “I greatly appreciate Johan Theorin’s empathetic description of nature, the distinctive landscape on an island that is also his own. The widespread sky, the low vegetation, rocks, sea and sea again. /…/ At the risk of sounding pompous: We are talking about the beauty as well as the horrors of human nature. /…/ And, if I have not mentioned the drama and suspense, then I have to change that – because it’s there! /…/ The reader can look forward to finding out if Gerlof succeeds once again in repairing some of the damage the dead have suffered, clearing out a falsely accused person and creating balance again. And along the way, the readers gets another extremely well-written book.”

    NRK, Norway

  • “An eerie and thrilling journey through time and space on Öland.”


    Femina, Sweden

  • “Johan Theorin portions out insights with a master’s touch. /…/ a mystery novel when it is at its best, and of course it is nominated for Best Swedish mystery novel of the year.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

Photo: Mickey Thörnblad Johan Theorin
  • Mystery
Reading material

Swedish edition

English sample

Rights sold

Czech Republic, Moba

Denmark, Modtryk

Finland, Tammi

Iceland, Ugla

Netherlands, De Geus

Norway, Gyldendal

Sweden, Wahlström & Widstrand

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