The Night of the Fire: Book summary and reviews of The Night of the Fire by Kjell Eriksson

The Night of the Fire

Ann Lindell Mysteries #8

by Kjell Eriksson

The Night of the Fire by Kjell Eriksson X
The Night of the Fire by Kjell Eriksson
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2020
    336 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Swedish police inspector Ann Lindell finally returns in internationally bestselling and award-winning Kjell Eriksson's newest novel.

Police inspector Ann Lindell has left the Uppsala police and is living a quiet life, producing local cheese in a small town in Uppland. But life in the country is not as idyllic as it seems. On New Year's Eve someone sets fire to the former village school which is now a home for asylum seekers, and three people are killed. Ann Lindell's investigative instincts come back to life and soon she takes on the case. She is contacted by a person who has been involved in a previous investigation and who wants to warn her. His message is short and clear: Many will die. A few weeks later a bomb explodes in a suburb of Stockholm.

Kjell Eriksson wrote seven highly acclaimed novels about Ann Lindell, beginning with award-winner The Princess of Burundi, and now, after ten years, he returns to the Uppsala region and his sympathetic police inspector. The Night of the Fire is the first of two new volumes featuring Ann Lindell.

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"[E]xceptional...Eriksson adeptly teases whether there's a connection between the call and the fire, even as violence claims more lives. This artful blend of mystery and psychology is sure to please Scandinavian noir fans." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[E]ngaging...The heroine's eighth case uses a clever whodunit to treat contemporary issues with complexity and compassion." - Kirkus Reviews

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ELIZABETH @Silver's Reviews

Well written, but not my cup of tea
Who started the fire that killed three people?

Someone knows but isn’t telling. Then there is another fire.

??Ann Lindell a retired policewoman who moved to the country for some peace and quiet finds out that it isn’t all that peaceful in the country.

Even though she isn’t a policewoman any longer, she feels compelled to look into the investigation. ??What’s funny is that someone who didn’t identify himself called her at the police station and asked for her after the first fire.??

The investigation moves on and one of the suspects is found dead after a second fire. With that lead being gone now, their investigation starts again and down a different route.??

I really liked Ann even though Sammy took up most of the book’s investigation time.

THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE was a different read and a bit slow for me because of the setting and the names of the characters, but it was interesting.??

I did like the mystery and the unraveling of it, but not sure I would read another in this series.

I may have been a bit lost since it was the first one I read in the series, but I did like most of the characters, and the writing is well done.??

Thank you to St. Martin’s for giving me a chance to get to know these characters. 3.5/5

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Kjell Eriksson

Kjell Eriksson is the award-winning and internationally bestselling Swedish author of the Ann Lindell Mystery series. His debut won the Swedish Crime Academy award for Best First Novel and The Princess of Burundi later won for Best Crime Novel. Eriksson is also a gardener, and now living in Brazil.

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