Eager to start the Alumni Reading Challenge? In need of some inspiration? Here is a selection of books that fit the first challenge: “A book including a crime set in Lund”
A Nearly Normal Family and En familjetragedi by Mattias Edvardsson
Mattias Edvardsson is a writer and upper secondary school teacher of Swedish and psychology. He also has a degree in Literature Studies from Lund University. In 2016, he made his debut with the book En nästan sann historia (An Almost True Story). Mattias’ second novel, the thriller En helt vanlig familj (A Nearly Normal Family) came in 2018 and was acclaimed by both reviewers and readers. It has been translated into thirty-three languages. A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping legal thriller set in Lund, forcing the reader to consider: How far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life―and one another.
In the book En familjetragedi (A Family Tragedy) from 2021, you will also find a gruesome crime story set in Lund. It is a story about three young individuals. Two murders. But maybe more than one truth.
Blocket, De Drabbade and En God Man by Karin Wahlberg
Karin Wahlberg lives in Lund, is an alumna from the Medical Programme and a popular crime novel writer. Her books have sold over 1.5 million total copies worldwide. She published her first crime novel, Sista Jouren (The Last Round), at the age of 51 in 2001. Since then, she has written many page-turners set in and around Skåne and Lund about the police inspector Claes Claesson and his wife, Doctor Veronica Lundborg-Westman.
In Blocket, De drabbade and En God Man you follow Claesson’s mission to solve hideous crimes taking place in and around the hospital in Lund.
Gamla Kirurgen by Tomas Akenine-Möller and André Möller
Tomas Akenine-Möller and André Möller are brothers and live in Lund and Landskrona. Tomas is a professor in computer graphics and André has a PhD in religious history at Lund University. In the book Gamla Kirurgen we meet Lund University professor Luka Zlatar who is about to be initiated in a secret society when the initiation ritual is interrupted by death. The professor finds himself abruptly thrown into a vortex of murder, shady business and family secrets. This is a is an enigmatic suspense novel in an academic setting filled with desperation, family loyalty and unanswered questions.