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Kjell Sylve Eriksson, simply known as Kjell Eriksson, is a Swedish award-winning author of crime fiction novels.

He is notably known for writing the internationally bestselling Ann Lindell Mystery Series.

Born in Uppsala, the fourth-largest city in Sweden, Kjell made his debut as a novelist with The Princess of Burundi, which went on to clinch the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy Award for Best Swedish Crime Novel in 2002.

All of Kjell’s novels were originally written in his native Swedish before earning translations to various languages, including English.

With an impressive seven nominations, Kjell holds the record for the highest number of nominations in the Best Swedish Crime Novel category.

This achievement underscores his stature as a skilled writer, taking into account the intense competition within the Scandinavian crime writing sphere.

An avid gardener, the author currently resides in Brazil.

More about Kjell Eriksson

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Born: 1953


Ann Lindell

  1. The Princess of Burundi - Prinsessan av Burundi (2006)
  2. The Cruel Stars of the Night - Nattens grymma stjärnor (2007)
  3. The Demon of Dakar - Mannen från bergen (2008)
  4. The Hand That Trembles - Den hand som skälver (2011)
  5. Black Lies, Red Blood - Svarta lögner, rött blod (2014)
  6. Open Grave - Öppen grav (2015)
  7. Stone Coffin - Stenkistan (2016)
  8. The Night of the Fire - Den skrattande hazaren (2020)
  9. The Deathwatch Beetle - Dödsuret (2021)

Detailed book overview

Ann Lindell

The Princess of Burundi

When a jogger finds a dead body in the snow, the members of Sweden's Uppsala police force uncover a victim with an unsettling history. John Jonsson, known to everyone as Little John, was a respectable family man and a local expert on tropical fish. But he had been quite a troublemaker, and his delinquent past seems to have caught up with him.

Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John's murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer. Ann must decide whether to take a huge risk that could result in many more dead bodies in the snow, including hers and that of her unborn child.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Prinsessan av Burundi
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-0312327682
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Cruel Stars of the Night

The Cruel Stars of the Night opens one snowy day when thirty-five-year-old Laura Hindersten goes to the police to report that her father, a local professor, is missing. Inspector Ann Lindell and her colleagues can find no motive for the man's disappearance. And when the corpses of two elderly men do turn up, neither of the dead men is the missing academic.

Unexpectedly, the police get help from one of the professor's colleagues, who believes there is an astonishing link between the murders and the disappearance of Professor Hindersten. But as the pressure on Lindell increases dramatically, she is shocked to discover that the killer has many more diabolical schemes in store.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Nattens grymma stjärnor
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-0312366681
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Demon of Dakar

Ann Lindell and her motley crew of colleagues are faced with a most baffling murder case in which all clues lead straight back to a popular local restaurant named Dakar. The owner, Slobodan Andersson, has some shady connections in his past, and his partner's reputation is equally murky.

The kitchen crew is not above suspicion, either. The meat chef is an oddball, to say the least, while unbeknownst to the rest, the newest hire's personal life is a tangled web of lies. Even Eva Willman, the seemingly blameless older woman returning to the workforce as a waitress, has skeletons in her closet.

And then the tension rachets up a number of notches as it becomes apparent that one murder has not satisfied the killer in the least. If Ann is to prevent a bloodbath at Restaurant Dakar, she must match wits with a killer whose motives are seemingly completely obscure.

But the reader knows the killer well. His crimes are justified from his point of view. Not only that, he's a very likable fellow who is only looking for justice. As in all of Kjell Eriksson's compelling spellbinders, though, justice entails a frantic race to the finish, a race without rules and fraught with danger.

NB: This book is also known as The Demon from Dakar.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Mannen från bergen
First Release: 2008
ISBN: 978-0312366704
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Hand That Trembles

A Swedish county commissioner walks out of a high-level meeting and disappears. Many years later, one of the town's natives is convinced that he's caught a glimpse of the missing man while traveling in Bangalore, India. 

When the rumors reach his hometown, a veteran police officer stumbles across a seemingly unrelated case. Ann Lindell, Eriksson's series detective, must investigate a severed female foot found where a striking number of inhabitants are single men. But the owner of the house where the victim believed to have lived is no longer able to answer any questions….

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Den hand som skälver
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1250006905
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Black Lies, Red Blood

Kjell Eriksson has made a huge splash around the globe with his series set in his native Sweden. Now Eriksson is back with a stunning mystery packed with surprises.

Police officer Ann Lindell is great at solving crimes, but she doesn't have as much luck in her personal life. When she meets journalist Anders Brant, Ann thinks her luck has turned around. When Anders disappears without a trace and a homeless man's body is found with Anders' phone number in his pocket, she must keep quiet about her connection to her former beau while she races to find Anders and clear his name.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Svarta lögner, rött blod
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1250042637
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Open Grave

Professor Bertram von Ohler has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. This news causes problems in his otherwise quiet upper-class neighborhood. Not everybody is happy with the choice of winner. Mysterious incidents start to occur. Boyish pranks befall the police, and what follows is certainly not innocent amusement. Police inspector Ann Lindell becomes involved in the case and immediately is transported back into her past.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Öppen grav
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1250091086
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Stone Coffin

One sunny summer morning a young woman and her six-year old daughter are run over by a car. Both are killed immediately. Is it an accident, or did someone kill them on purpose?

The same morning the husband of the deceased young woman disappears. During the police investigation, it turns out that the husband had recently bought a property that nobody knew anything about. A few days later a macabre discovery is made in a forest nearby.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Stenkistan
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1250144676
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Night of the Fire

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.

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Den skrattande hazaren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1250804174
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The Deathwatch Beetle

Four years have passed since Cecilia Karlsson disappeared from the island of Gräsö in Roslagen. When Ann Lindell receives a tip that she has been seen alive she cannot help getting involved, even though she is no longer with the police.

The black sheep of the island, Nils Lindberg, has never forgotten Cecilia Karlsson, with whom he was in love as a teenager. And he carries a secret. He may not be completely sober all the time, but he has no doubt of what he saw out on the bay just before Cecilia disappeared. Cecilia's parents are desperate, not knowing what happened to their daughter. Yet their silent house contains many things that have been left unsaid.

While Ann struggles to put the jigsaw puzzle together, she is trying to establish herself in her new life together with her lover Edvard who, like herself, is marked by life. At the same time, someone is hiding in a cottage in a remote part of the island. Someone who is looking for revenge...

Author: Kjell Eriksson
Original Title: Dödsuret
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1250856913
Publisher: Minotaur Books