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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 – 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 – Stenänglar The Stone Angels 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 – Glasbarnen The Glass Children 2016
Shortlisted for the Crimetime Specsavers Award (Children’s Crime Fiction of the Year) Sweden – Zombiefeber Zombie Fever 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
Shortlisted for the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers’ Award (Best Swedish Crime Novel) Sweden – Stormvakt Storm Watch
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Bibliography

The Ghost Detectives

August Strindberg

Martin Benner

The Monster Trilogy

Fredrika Bergman

The Glass Children Trilogy

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The weekly Swedish bestseller list

Niklas Natt och Dag’s just published 1795 grabs the No. 1 spots on both the hardcover list and the e-book list this week, also coming in at No. 3 in audio. Meanwhile, the children’s list sees Kristina Ohlsson’s The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Ghastly Shadow, book one in her new Ghost Detectives series, debut at No. 3. Also debuting but on the audio list is Arne Dahl with Meltdown, which claims the No. 4 placement.

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

Welcome to The Ghost Detectives, Misty Valley’s own ER for ghostly matters. At your service are Elsa and Carl, who know most things about ghosts. This time around, Frans Fransson desperately needs their help. His apartment is haunted and he can’t sleep at night due to all the racket the ghost is making! Someone keeps smashing the china in the kitchen, turning the lights on and off and dragging books out of the book case. And sometimes a shadow appears in the middle of the floor, even though there’s no one there! How is it all connected? As always, the key is to understand what the ghost is trying to communicate. So who is this ghastly shadow and what does it want?

The Ghost Detectives and the Case of the Ghastly Shadow is the first stand-alone installment in Kristina Ohlsson’s spine-tingling, humorous and clever new series for the younger readers. Moa Wallin is the illustrator behind the vibrant and atmospheric images.

Kristina Ohlsson and Jo Nesbø on the August bestseller list

Kristina Ohlsson and Jo Nesbø each claim a top placement on the official paperback bestseller list for the month of August in Sweden. Kristina Ohlsson is No. 1 with her Storm Watch, while Jo Nesbø takes the No. 2 spot with The Kingdom.

Jørn Lier Horst and Kristina Ohlsson on the Norwegian bestseller lists

Jørn Lier Horst’s long-running bestseller A Question of Guilt is No. 1 on week 33’s paperback list. Horst is joined by Kristina Ohlsson, whose just published Storm Watch debuts at No. 4 on the e-book list.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

This week Kristina Ohlsson celebrates four consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the official paperback list in Sweden. The title is of course Storm Watch, the first installment in the new August Strindberg series.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch is No. 1 also this week on the official paperback bestseller list in Sweden.

Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch, the first installment in her new series set on the Swedish west coast, stays firmly put at No. 1 on the official paperback bestseller list in Sweden.

Hjorth & Rosenfeldt and Kristina Ohlsson No. 1 in Sweden

Week 29’s lists see Hjorth & Rosenfeldt’s As You Sow stay put at No. 1 in hardcover, while Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch shoots to No. 1 in the paperback category. As You Sow also climbs the audio and e-book lists, coming in at No. 1 on both.

The Storytel Awards 2020

The nominees for 2020’s Storytel Awards have been announced. Previously known as the Grand Audiobook Prize, the Storytel Awards have been handed out to the best audio books in Sweden since 2007. The awards are split into five categories: Suspense, Fiction, Non-fiction, YA, and Children’s books.

Among the nominees for the Suspense award are: Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch, Anders Roslund’s Sweet Dreams, Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow, Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man, and Hans Rosenfeldt’s When Crying Wolf.

Simona Arhnstedt’s Hearts on the Line meanwhile features on the list of Fiction nominees, and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong on the Non-fiction list.

David Sundin’s audiobook adaptation of his bestselling debut, The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, is in the running for the Children’s books’ award. In its audio form, the book is called The Audiobook That Did Not Want To End.

Fans will be able to vote for their favorites till February 28, after which a jury will pick a winner among the three candidates with the most votes in each category.

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New title: ‘Storm Watch’

From the No. 1 bestselling author Kristina Ohlsson comes Storm Watch, the first installment in a new crime series set on the Swedish west coast. Mystery and atmosphere combine as the salty sea winds greet a newcomer to the community: August Strindberg.

August arrives in Hovenäset on the very same night that a local teacher, Agnes, disappears. August has just left a lucrative career in finance, and the big city, behind him. All for the sake of realizing his long-held dream: to open an antiques store. Finally he’ll get to do what he’s always loved, and in a place he’s longed to return to.

But the idyllic little community of Hovenäset has been shaken to its core by the disappearance of one of its most loved members. The police, with the empathetic and driven Maria Martinsson at the fore, search for her day and night. But as the days stack up, the hope of finding Agnes alive dwindles. What really happened to her? And why can’t August shake the uncomfortable feeling that he holds the key to solving the mystery?

“[The novel] is brilliantly told in a light, almost feelgood-esque tone, despite the difficult relations and old secrets that it deals with. Storm Watch is of course nominated for the Swedish Crime Novel of the Year award.”
Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

The December bestseller list in Sweden

December 2020 saw Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong claim two No. 1 spots on the official Swedish bestseller lists: one in nonfiction, and one in audio books. The paperback list’s No. 1 spot went to Stina Jackson and The Last Snow. Taking home the e-book list’s No. 1 spot was Lars Kepler, whose The Mirror Man also featured at No. 2 in hardcover and No. 3 in audio. Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch meanwhile became the No. 4 most sold e-book and the No. 5 most sold hardcover.

‘The Last Snow,’ ‘The Inner Darkness’ and ‘Storm Watch’ on Dagens Nyheter’s Best Crime Novels of 2020 list

Sweden’s leading newspaper Dagens Nyheter has chosen Stina Jackson’s The Last Snow, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Inner Darkness, and Kristina Ohlsson’s Storm Watch as three of their “Best Crime Novels of 2020.” Literary critic Lotta Olsson gives the following reviews:

“Stina Jackson debuted with The Silver Road two years ago: a brilliantly told story of rural villages, forests, and lonely girls. The Last Snow is at times even better.” (The Last Snow)

“Jørn Lier Horst raises the suspense level to horror proportions.” (The Inner Darkness)

“Kristina Ohlsson succeeds in combining suspense, feelgood and social realism.” (Storm Watch)

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