Scandinavian Book Club


MONDAY, May 23, 2022 at 7 pm (zoom)  – When the Devil Holds the Candle by Karin Fossum – When two teenagers steal a purse from a stroller resulting in an infant’s death and then go on to commit another crime, Inspector Konrad Sejer digs below the surface of small-town tranquility in an effort to understand how and why violence destroys everyday lives.

Bookclub Information:  Usually meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month.  However, the May meeting will be on the 4th Monday.

If you are interested in books that depict historical and cultural aspects of Nordic life, including a few Nordic noir crime novels, you are invited to participate in our meetings.  Just read the book – and join in the discussion on zoom.  Books are selected by our members and listed on this webpage.

Zoom Instruction Form – Complete and click on “Submit” to request Zoom number and password:


Books read in the past include:

  • I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson
  • Night Watch by Frida Sigurdottir
  • Creation’s Heartbeat: Following the Reindeer Spirit by Linda S. Leonard
  • Hash by Torgny Lindgren
  • An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good: Stories by Helene Tursten
  • The End of the Ocean by Maja Lunde
  • Winter Grave by Helene Tursten
  • The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg
  • The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg
  • My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry by Fredrik Backman
  • Eva’s Eye by Karin Fossum
  • Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö
  • Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
  • KonTiki by Thor Heyerdahl
  • Hunger by Knut Hamsen
  • Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida
  • Woman at 1000 Degrees by Hallgrimur Helgason
  • The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sunstøl
  • Inspector Detective Huss by Helene Tursten
  • The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
  • The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
  • The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberhol
  • A Winter Book: Selected Stories by Tove Janssen
  • American by Day by Derek Miller
  • The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
  • An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
  • Norwegian by Night by Derek Miller
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
  • Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
  • The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg
  • All In by Simona Ahrnstedt
  • Nikolai’s Fortune by Solveig Torvik
  • The Ship in the Hill by William Sullivan
  • Nemesis by Jo Nesbø
  • The Half-Drowned King: A Novel by Linnea Hartsuyker
  • Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck
  • A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell
  • The Lion’s Mouth by Anne Hold
  • Blackwater by Kristin Ekman
  • Red Moon over White Sea by Laila Hietamies
  • Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
  • Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 2 – The Wife by Sigrid Undset
  • Kristin Lavransdatter, Book 1 – The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  • Lucifer’s Tears by James Thompson
  • Snow Angels by James Thompson
  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  • Miss Julie by August Strindberg
  • The Shetland Bus by David Howarth
  • Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by O. E. Rolvaag
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
  • The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum
  • Song of the Vikings by Nancy Marie Brown
  • Independent People by Halldór Laxness
  • Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell
  • Pelle the Conqueror: Childhood by Martin Anderson Nexo
  • My Mother Gets Married by Moa Martinson
  • The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Marie Brown
  • To Siberia by Per Petterson
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
  • Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson
  • Sunpath by Michael Maryk
  • Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  • The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg
  • Unto A Good Land by Vilhelm Moberg
  • The Settlers by Vilhelm Moberg
  • The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley
  • The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen
  • Royal Physician’s Visit by Per Olov Enquist
  • Seal Woman by Solveig Eggerz
  • God’s Mercy by Kerstin Ekman
  • The Fish Can Sing by Halldór Laxness
  • The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles by Roy Jacobsen

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