THE MAN UPSTAIRS by MARK L FOWLER #Book Review @MFowlerAuthor





Frank Miller, hero of the best-selling mystery novels written by The Man Upstairs, works the weird streets of Chapeltown as a private detective. During the legendary case of the Black Widow everything changed when Frank became aware of his fictional existence. Proclaimed at the time as a work of genius, Frank wonders if it was the first sign that The Man Upstairs was sick. This latest case, involving the death of a care worker, and coinciding with the appointment of Chapeltown’s first elected mayor, has Frank baffled. The Man Upstairs appears to be losing the plot, giving the womanising Frank a steady girlfriend, Marge, who warns him that to survive he must change from the tired cliche that he has become. As the case darkens Frank recognises the depth of his creator’s sickness. His days are numbered as clearly as the pages in the books in which he…

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The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt

Book Description

The Dead of Summer

The Dead of Summer (Anders Knutas #5)

“One of Scandinavia’s best crime writers”—The London Times

While vacationing on the Swedish island Gotland, a young father of two is shot on the beach while jogging. Assistant commissioner Karin Jacobsson, who must lead the investigation while Anders Knutas is on vacation, is at a loss until another horrific crime is committed. Mari Jungstedt successfully combines a thrilling, raw crime novel with a multilayered relational drama

My thoughts
This was an excellent read. It is the first book I have read by this author, but I will more of her books.
The book opens with murder of a man in a seemingly random, motiveless killing. The police seem to be getting nowhere with their investigation and though there are many false leads it is not till much later that the loose ends are tied up.
Alongside the main story we are allowed glimpses into the past. One of the qualities I liked about Mari’s writing is her feminine insight into a brutal world. As said earlier I will be looking for more by this author.
If you like Scandinavian crime, this is an author to look out for and invest a few hours in her company


Mari Jungstedt


in Stockholm, Sweden

October 31, 1962


Mystery and Thrillers

Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4’s daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV, and her work has been translated into English by Tiina Nunnally.

Mari Jungstedt lives in Stockholm. Her husband comes from Visby, Gotland, and they spend their summers on Gotland.