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Kristina Ohlsson

Kristina Ohlsson (b. 1979) is one of Sweden’s most successful and lauded authors of crime fiction and children’s books. Before becoming a full-time writer, Kristina worked for the OSCE (the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), the Swedish Security Service, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since her switch to a literary career, she has been a frequent name on national and international bestseller lists, award shortlists, and a critics’ favorite. In 2020, she embarked on a new crime series set on the atmospheric west coast of Sweden: the August Strindberg series.

“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

Awards

Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Skuggläge Dimmed Lights 2023
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Stormvakt Storm Watch 2020
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Stormvakt Storm Watch 2020
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Suspense) Sweden – Henrys hemlighet To Him Who Knocks 2019
Book of the Year 2018 (Grades 5-7) Norway – Det magiska hjärtat The Magical Heart 2018
The Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Varulvens hemlighet The Werewolf’s Secret 2017
Shortlisted for the Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award Sweden – Det magiska hjärtat The Magical Heart 2017
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Crime Writer of the Year - Readers’ Award) Sweden 2017
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Zombiefeber Zombie Fever 2016
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Glasbarnen The Glass Children 2016
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Silverpojken The Silver Boy 2016
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Stenänglar The Stone Angels 2016
The Latvian National Library Children’s Literature Centre’s Award Latvia – Glasbarnen The Glass Children 2015
The Bookjury! Award Sweden – Silverpojken The Silver Boy 2014
The Swedish Bookshop Association’s Your Book, Our Choice Award Sweden – Silverpojken The Silver Boy 2014
Swedish Radio’s Children’s Novel Award Sweden – Glasbarnen The Glass Children 2013
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Änglavakter The Disappeared 2011
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Crime Novel of the Year) Sweden – Tusenskönor Silenced 2010
The Stabilo Prize (Best Crime Writer of Southern Sweden) Sweden 2010
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Bibliography

Stand-alone

The Ghost Detectives

August Strindberg

Martin Benner

The Monster Trilogy

Fredrika Bergman

The Glass Children Trilogy

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Kristina Ohlsson No. 2 in Norway

Storm Watch is No. 2 on the official monthly bestseller list for April in Norway. The title is the first installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s series about August Strindberg.

Liza Marklund and Horst & Enger the most sold of 2023 so far

The Norwegian booksellers’ association has announced a list of the most sold crime novels of 2023 so far, and Liza Marklund takes the No. 1 spot with The Polar Circle. Horst & Enger meanwhile is the most sold domestic authorship, featuring at the top with their Unhinged, followed by Smoke Screen and Death Deserved. Also on the list are Anne Holt’s The Eleventh Manuscript, Liza Marklund’s The Mire, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Traitor, Jo Nesbø’s Killing Moon, Lars Kepler’s The Spider, and Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch.

‘Dimmed Lights’ on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, the second installment in the August Strindberg series, climbs the Norwegian hardcover fiction list, landing at No. 4 this week. The novel also features on the e-book list, at No. 3.

Stefan Ahnhem and Kristina Ohlsson on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Stefan Ahnhem’s An Entirely Different Story climbs the hardcover fiction list this week, coming in at No. 4. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile claims the No. 1 spot on the e-book list with the just published Dimmed Lights, also No. 5 on the hardcover list.

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson the most sold of quarter four in Sweden

The official statistics for the fourth quarter of 2022 have just been published, and Lars Kepler’s The Spider is the clear winner, coming in as No. 1 on both the fiction list and the one for total sales. Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights makes a formidable showing at No. 4 on the same two lists.

The Storytel Awards 2023 Shortlist Announced

The nominees for this year’s Swedish Storytel Awards have been announced. The Storytel Awards have been bestowed since 2007 in Sweden to highlight the best audio books of the year. The awards are granted within six categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, Feelgood, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for suspense are Lars Kepler’s The Spider, Anders de la Motte’s The Mountain King, Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights, Anders de la Motte and Måns Nilsson’s Death Goes Antiquing, and Liza Marklund’s The Mire.

The Details by Ia Genberg is featured within the fiction category.

Meanwhile, Anders Hansen and Mats Wänblad’s The Happiness Cure for Teens and Elaf Ali’s Who Said Anything About Love? feature on the YA list, whilst Martin Widmark’s The Masquerade Mystery and Stories from Valleby: The mysterious letter are in the running for the children’s books award.

Readers will be able to vote for their favorite works until February 5, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

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The December bestseller lists in Sweden

The final bestseller lists of December 2022 in Sweden saw Lars Kepler, Kristina Ohlsson and Ia Genberg all claim spots in the top. Lars Kepler’s The Spider became the No. 1 most sold hardcover fiction title of December, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Ice Breaker is No. 1 in paperback. Ia Genberg’s award-winning The Details came in at No. 3 in hardcover fiction on the weekly lists, and became the fifth most sold hardcover title of December.

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Lars Kepler’s The Spider is back at No. 1 on the hardcover bestseller list in Sweden. Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker is No. 1 on the paperback list, where it has ruled supreme for four weeks and counting.

Ia Genberg and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

The August Prize winning The Details by Ia Genberg shoots to No. 3 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction. The No. 1 spot on the paperback list meanwhile goes to Kristina Ohlsson and Icebreaker, which places first for the third week in a row.

‘Icebreaker’ No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker stays at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

The just published paperback edition of Kristina Ohlsson’s Icebreaker enters the official Swedish bestseller list for paperbacks at No. 1 this week, while Dimmed Lights, the latest installment in her August Strindberg-series, climbs back up to No. 3 on the hardcover fiction list.

Kepler, Ohlsson and Lapidus on the Swedish bestseller list

The Swedish bestseller list this week have Lars Keplers’ The Spider claiming the No. 1 spot followed by Kristina Ohlsson’s Dimmed Lights coming in at No. 3 and Jens Lapdius’ Mr One  sailing to the No. 5 spot on the official bestseller list for hardcover fiction. 

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