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In the Heat of the Moment – Viveca Sten

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In this 5th book in the Sandhamn Murder series, a teenager is murdered during the Midsummer’s Eve celebration. This book can be read as a standalone.


It’s the Midsummer weekend and the islands of Sandhamn are teeming with teenagers who have come from Stockholm to party. The police patrol the place at all times to contain the inebriated crowd and check that everything is going smoothly.

In the early hours of the morning, the body of a sixteen-year-old teenager is discovered dead and hidden in the bushes on an isolated beach. He’s been badly beaten presumably with a blunt object. The island has now become a potential crime scene and is now full of potential suspects including the teenager’s girlfriend and his best friend,

DI Thomas Andreasson and his partner, Margit are called in to investigate, and the police are racing against time to take statements from witnesses before the crowd starts to disperse.

One of the teenagers, Wilma, a fourteen-year-old hasn’t come home from the Midsummer’s Eve party. Her father and girlfriend, Nora are frantic with worry. Nora calls her childhood friend, DI Thomas for help but he is already handling the dead teenager’s case.

Told from multiple POVs, there are a lot of dynamic characters but the story flowed well. The plot kept me hooked from the beginning and I was surprised by the outcome of the book. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a thrilling Scandinavian crime novel.

  • Pages: 414
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (4 September 2018)