Recommend me some Scandi fiction - but not too graphic!

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I like the Scandinavian style, all those gripping storylines, but I don't like too much graphic violence. It is the same with TV dramas, I enjoyed The Killing, The Bridge etc but preferred Borgen if the truth be told.

I am currently reading Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson, it was 56p in the Kindle sale so worth a gamble. I am really enjoying it. I just hope it doesn't suddenly get horribly violent. I didn't like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

What else might I like?

DuchessofMalfi Tue 08-Oct-13 18:34:49

Do you only want crime fiction? If any Scandinavian fiction will do, then how about The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window by Jonas Jonasson?

I thought it was very good - appealed to my sense of humour, but it is very much a marmite kind of book.

Thanks, will put it on the list. It doesn't have to be crime fiction.

jimjamspam Thu 10-Oct-13 11:46:29

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg

AlisonClare Thu 10-Oct-13 11:55:31

The Annika Bengtzon series by Liza Marklund
The Darkest Room by Johan Theorin

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist was good - it is a YA book (and I think they made a film of it recently, but I haven't seen it) but it does have a couple of somewhat gory scenes - it's a vampire story (sort of confused - I enjoyed it.
The "Sea of Trolls" trilogy by Nancy Farmer is good too, again, it's more of a children's/YA story, but it is exciting, in the "saga style" and a nice easy read with a good ending - no trauma so to speak grin

mrswalker13 Sat 12-Oct-13 19:45:37

The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson (who wrote The Moomins!)

Also her Summer Book and Winter book. Beautifully constructed, very atmospheric.

Not Scandi written but set there is A Summer of Drowning by John Burnside. Makes great use of traditional mythology to build an unsettling story. It's slow paced though - needs a bit of persevering.

ScarerAndFuck Sun 13-Oct-13 19:34:47

Benny and Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti was very good I thought.

It's not crime, it's a love story of sorts but not exactly a traditional one.

Anne Holt's 1222 was very good and I don't remember there being anything too horrible in it.

I second the Tove Jannson recommendations too. Her books are very good.

Thank you

Saralyn Wed 16-Oct-13 18:20:19

Yeah, I was going to suggest Anne Holt, nothing too graphic there i think, and some of her books are really good.

pist Wed 16-Oct-13 18:24:44

Look for 'department Q' books by bestselling Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen first one called 'Mercy'
Unputdownable crime fiction with a sense of humour too. I would not have chosen this book from the description on the cover but was hooked immediately.
Film has just premiered in Denmark featuring many of the well known actors from the killing etc

gaggiagirl Wed 16-Oct-13 18:25:11

Lars keplers second book is a crime thriller but not graphic. His other books are rather graphic.
Harbour by John lindqvist is beautiful and mysterious.

solveproblem Wed 16-Oct-13 18:34:43

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo is good.

And Camilla Läckberg.

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