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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 BookBeat Award (Crime Writer of the Year) Sweden 2023
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

August Strindberg

The Ghost Detectives

The Bohus Coast Trilogy

Children's stand-alone

Martin Benner

The Monster Trilogy

Fredrika Bergman

The Glass Children Trilogy

Stand-alone

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‘Beyond Rescue’ and ‘Death on Capri’ among most sold in Sweden this May

Beyond Rescuethe fourth installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s successful August Strindberg series, is No. 2 on the official monthly bestseller list for hardcovers in Sweden. Moreover, the first installment in Anders and Anette de la Motte’s whodunit mystery series, Death on Capri, comes in at No.5.

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.

‘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.

‘Beyond Rescue’ published in Sweden

The summer heat has finally come to stay and crayfish season is just around the corner. August’s wish for a family has been realized and he and Maria are enjoying their life as newly minted parents. But then a shade from August’s past turns up; someone in his family appears to have carried a great secret.

Their idyllic community is once more shaken to its core as an elderly couple is found poisoned. Residents of the area for fifty years, the couple were well-liked by all. Who would wish them ill? The investigation lands on Maria’s desk, but there’s something boiling under the surface in her team. What is her colleague Ray-Ray hiding? The case proves to have an even darker side to it than anyone could have imagined…

Beyond Rescue is the fourth installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s No. 1 international bestselling series about August Strindberg.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson claims the No. 1 spot on the paperback list also this week, featuring at the top with Dimmed Lights, the third August Strindberg novel. She is also the No. 1 most sold on the paperback list for the month of November.

‘The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Weeping Ghost’ published in Sweden

A beautiful old cruise ship has laid anchor in Hazy Valley’s port. The Ghost Detectives Elsa and Carl are curious. Soon it becomes clear that there is trouble on board. Someone is knocking over chairs and tables and eating all the food. The police cannot find a single trace of the perpetrator. And what is the mysterious light that shines on deck every night?

The passengers are getting impatient and the ship has to leave Hazy Valley soon! The captain turns to The Ghost Detectives for help. Will Elsa and Carl be able to solve the case before the ship sets sail?

The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Weeping Ghost is the fifth installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s spine-tingling, humorous and clever series for the younger readers.

Martin Widmark and Kristina Ohlsson on the Swedish bestseller lists

Martin Widmark’s The Dinosaur Mystery is still No. 1 on the weekly bestseller list for children’s books in Sweden. New among the top placements this week is Kristina Ohlsson’s just published Wheel of Fire, which claims the No. 4 spot.

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson shortlisted for 2023 BookBeat Award

Lars Kepler and Kristina Ohlsson are both in the running for this year’s BookBeat Award for “Crime Writer of the Year.” The winner will ultimately be decided based on the audiobook service’s statistics from their three latest titles.

Lars Kepler is additionally shortlisted for the BookBeat Award for “Crime Novel of the Year” for The Spider. This category looks only at the streaming records of the nominated titles.

The winning authors and titles will all be announced during the Gothenburg Book Festival’s Crimetime Award ceremony, on September 30.

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