New in Paperback

Among the new paperbacks in Spanish this month I will highlight and include in my TBR pile:

Karin Alvtegen, Engaño, English title: Betrayal, Original title: Svek (2003)

Andrea Camilleri, La luna de papel, English title: The Paper Moon, Original title: La Luna di Carta (2005)

Gianrico Carofiglio, Testigo involuntario, English title: Involuntary Witness, Original title: Testimone Inconsapevole (2002).

Missing by Karin Alvtegen

Missing A thirty-two-year-old woman seems to be waiting for someone at the Grand Hotel French dining-room in Stockholm, although all she is really looking for is a free dinner and a room in which to spend the night. A middle-aged man, Jorgen Grundberg, falls easily into her trap but she manages to leave him out of her room with a nice excuse. The next morning she wakes up when someone knocks her door. The police just want to ask her some questions but she is able to run away. Sibylla Forenstrom is her name and she is homeless since she fled from a psychiatric institution when she was only eighteen. Now the police are behind her as the prime suspect for Jorgen Grundberg’s murder and then a second murder makes her situation even worse if possible. But with the help of an unusual ally Sibylla is determined to find out who is the real killer to prove her innocence.

I was immediately hooked to this suspenseful story. I could not put it down and I had to read it in one go. Sibylla is an enchanting character which keeps some similitude with Lizbeth Salander. They both have had a very difficult childhood, to say the least, which has marked them profoundly. Now they live at the margin of what it’s considered socially acceptable, but they are determined to stay afloat with the help of their uncommon abilities in a very unfriendly environment. I very much enjoyed reading this thought-provoking book. It makes us think about the value of the things that we take for granted. Despite what may sound as some flaws in the plot the writer’s ability is such that they seem absolutely credible. A highly recommended read. I certainly don’t want to miss the rest of her books.

Karin Alvtegen was born in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1965 and had a varied career, including work in set design for film and stage, before she started to write. She is the great-niece of Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking stories), and lives in Stockholm.

Her second novel, Missing, won the Glass Key Award in 2001 and it was her first book translated into English. Missing was released in 2003 (UK) and in 2009 (US). In 2006 it was adapted into a television series directed by Ian Madden and with Joanne Frogatt and Gregor Fisher. Missing was nominated for the 2009 Edgar Award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America. th_scandinaviamap-1

This book was one of my choices for the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge but I finally read Johan Theorin’s The Darkest Room instead. But I’m glad to have read it now and  I can claim to have finish The Scandinavian Reading Challenge ‘stricto sensu’.

Missing has been reviewed by Maxine at Euro Crime, Bernadette at Reactions to Reading, Martin at Do You Write Under Your Own Name?, Reading Matters, Reviewing the Evidence,

Karin Alvtegen English website


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Female Mystery Writers: Karin Alvtegen and her books

ENGLISH Title: Missing

ORIGINAL TITLE:  Saknad (2000)

Author: Karin Alvtegen

Translated from the Swedish by Anna Paterson

First published in Great Britain in 2003

Canongate Books (paperback), 2007

Number of pages: 348

ISBN: 978-1-84195-938-2

>Just trying to keep myself organised


I’ve just finished reading In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews, my fourteenth book for the 2010 Global Reading Challenge and I’m currently reading Johan Theorin’s The Darkest Room my fifth book for the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge. I’m also planning to read this month Jo Nesbo’s Nemesis to complete the six books for this Challenge and Alvtegen’s Missing. I’ll follow with Indridason’s Hypothermia and Meyer’s Thirteen Hours to cover the CWA International Dagger Shortlist. I’ll show my reading schedule in my side bar as Currently Reading. I should be done by July 11th, stay tune. 

>Scandinavian Reading Challenge 2010 Update # 2


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As most of you know I’m participating in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge hosted by Amy at The Black Sheep Dances. My original book selection included the following titles:

The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read

Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. Read

Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. Readth_scandinaviamap-1

The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. Read.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.

Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.

However as I’m planning to read the six books of the CWA International Dagger shortlist before the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival in July and I have just received today The Darkets Room by Johan Theorin, I will use this book in addition to Nemesis.

So far this year I have also read: Tainted Blood (aka Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason and Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum. And waiting in my TBR pile besides Nemesis are: Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indriðason; The Redeemer and The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Pyramid and The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell; The Serbian Dane and The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; The Indian Bride and The Water’s Edge by Karin Fossum; The Consorts of Death by Gunnar Staalesen.

You still have time to join this Challenge, click here.

>Scandinavian Reading Challenge – Update


th_scandinaviamap-1 I’ve finally make up my mind, but I’ve failed to choose one book/author for each Scandinavian country. And the reason is that I’ve remember two new to me authors that I was very eager to read since quite some time ago. I’m also very grateful for all the recommendations I’ve received which will be included in my wish list.

Therefore to participate in the 2010 Scandinavian Reading Challenge I’m plannig to read:

  • The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Read
  • Sun Storm (aka The Savage Altar) by Asa Larsson. TBR.
  • Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason. TBR.
  • Nemesis by Jo Nesbø. TBR.
  • The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser. TBR.
  • Missing by Karin Alvtegen. TBR.

Four of my favourite writers: Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, Jo Nesbø and Arnaldur Indriðason. And three new to me: Asa Larsson, Håkan Nesser and Karin Alvtegen.

Thank you Amy for having set this one up.

To join this Challenge you can find more information here.

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