10 best Nordic Noir 2020

The months go by fast and it is time to sum up the best releases in Scandinavian crime fiction during 2020. Besides, the holidays are approaching and this year staying at home reading seems to be a very relevant option. I have chosen some of my personal favourites from 2020 – to add on your holiday reading list or maybe check out as the perfect gift for the crime fiction lover.

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Witch hunt in snowy Helsinki

There are not many Finnish crime fiction writers translated into English, but Max Seeck is a new and highly original voice. His novel The Witch Hunter centers around some gruesome murders in today´s Helsinki – with puzzling ties to witchcraft and the occult.

Detective Jessica Niemi is called to investigate a murder case in an affluent Helsinki suburb, a case which is completely out of the ordinary. Famous author Roger Koponen´s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of an empty dining table. The most chilling feature is that her face is frozen in a ghastly smile.

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Best binge-worthy Nordic Noir series

These are hard times and the usual pleasures of travel, meeting friends and dining out are restricted for many of us. But books are still there – and engrossing in a captivating and suspenseful story may easily transport you to another time and place for some hours. Whether you are confined to quarantine or planning for a quiet Easter holiday at home, binge-reading might be something to look forward to – and here are some really great Nordic Noir crime fiction series to dive in to.

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