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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

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden 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

Martin Benner

The Monster Trilogy

Fredrika Bergman

The Glass Children Trilogy

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Stina Jackson and Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award

Stina Jackson and Kristina Ohlsson have both been shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award for ‘Best Swedish Crime Novel’. Jackson is nominated for The Last Snow, while Ohlsson is shortlisted for her upcoming title Stormvakt, the first installment in a new series.

The winning author will be announced on November 22.

The weekly Norwegian bestseller lists

The official bestseller lists of week 42 see Jørn Lier Horst’s A Question of Guilt claim the No. 1 spot on the e-book list and No. 5 placement on the hardcover one. Kristina Ohlsson meanwhile claims the No. 5 spot on the paperback list with the third Martin Benner book, To Him Who Knocks.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf claims two No. 1 spots on Sweden’s official bestseller list this week, nabbing both the top position on the hardcover fiction list as well as on the audiobook list. Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom grabs the No. 2 spot on the e-book list and shows up at No. 4 on both the hardcover list and audio list. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 climbs the paperback list, appearing at No. 3 this week, and Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s horror title The Haunted Mansion’s Secret land at No. 4 on the children’s list.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf grabs the No. 2 spot on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcovers this week. The just published title also features on the audio list, where it comes in at No. 5. Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom claims the No. 3 spot in the same category.

Another newcomer is Kristina Ohlsson’s children’s horror title, The Haunted Mansion’s Secret, which debuts at No. 3 on the children’s list. The paperback list meanwhile sees Niklas Natt och Dag’s long-running bestseller 1794 land at No. 4.

‘The Haunted Mansion’s Secret’ published in Sweden

It’s the holidays and Alba and her little sister Ellen have gone to visit their Uncle Baltazar in Star Valley. With Christmas just a few days away, he takes them to see a miniature house made by a famous old carpenter. The house frightens Alba. At night, she hears voices whispering that Christmas is the most dangerous time of the year, and someone lights a fire in the fireplace of the small house.

Then Alba finds a letter from the carpenter. He writes about someone he calls the Collector, a sinister figure who time and again returns to take the valley’s children. Alba soon realizes that the Collector is back, and that yet another child is about to disappear.

At the same time, the snowstorm grows fiercer, and the village is under threat of being closed off from the rest of the world. No one can come in, and no one can leave. What will happen to Christmas? Will Alba’s and Ellen’s parents make it there in time? Will Alba be able to stop the Collector before it’s too late? And who can she really trust in the valley?

Kristina Ohlsson is a master of suspense – the creeping, spooky kind. With books like The Glass ChildrenZombie Fever and The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, she has delighted – and frightened – countless children all over the world. The Haunted Mansion’s Secret is her newest tale, and it’s full of wintery chills and thrills.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 6 in Iceland

Kristina Ohlsson’s To Him Who Knocks is No. 6 on the official Icelandic bestseller list for the month of March. To Him Who Knocks is the third Martin Benner title.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Katrine Engberg’s The Tenant debuts on the official Swedish bestseller lists for paperbacks this week, claiming the No. 1 spot right from the start. Engberg is joined on the list by Jo Nesbø, whose long-running bestseller Knife is No. 3 this time.

Niklas Natt och Dag meanwhile comes in at No. 1 on the hardcover list with 1794, which is also No. 4 on the e-book list. The first book in his Cardell & Winge series, The Wolf and the Watchman, is No. 2 in e-book.

Concluding the round-up with the children’s books list, we find Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress featuring at No. 4.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

Jo Nesbø and Kristina Ohlsson each grab one No. 1 placement on the official weekly bestseller lists in Sweden. Jo Nesbø’s Knife is No. 1 on the paperback list, where it has now reigned at the top for four consecutive weeks. Kristina Ohlsson’s hit children’s book The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress is also No. 1, rising to the top of the children’s list once more. Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1794 also climbs the lists, appearing at No. 3 in hardcover.

The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

The official weekly bestseller lists of Sweden reprise the placements of the previous week, with Jo Nesbø’s Knife landing the No. 1 spot on the list for paperbacks, and Kristina Ohlsson’s The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress the No. 3 spot on the children’s list.

The January bestseller lists in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s stand-alone mystery for children, The Mystery of the Haunted Fortress, grabs the coveted No. 1 spot on the list of most sold children’s books in Sweden during the month of January. Jo Nesbø likewise features in one of the top spots, but in the paperback category, where his Knife is No. 2.

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