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Meet Me in Malmo Hardcover – 31 Dec 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd (31 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0709091664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0709091660
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,733,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Torquil MacLeod was an advertising copywriter for 36 years. Born in Edinburgh, he now lives in Cumbria, with his wife, Susan. He came up with the idea for his Malmö detective, Inspector Anita Sundström, after the elder of his two sons moved to southern Sweden in 2000. MEET ME IN MALMÖ (originally planned as a film script) was published in hardback in 2010. All four Malmö Mysteries are now available as ebooks - the latest being MIDNIGHT IN MALMÖ. The first three ('Meet me in Malmö', 'Murder in Malmö' and 'Missing in Malmö') are being published as paperbacks this year through McNidder & Grace Crime. He has also brought out an historical crime ebook called SWEET SMELL OF MURDER, which is set in the Georgian England of the 1750s.

Torquil still makes regular trips to Malmö and Skåne to visit his Swedish family and friends. And he is working on further Anita Sundström stories.

Find out more at: http://www.torquilmacleodbooks.com

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A readable, entertaining debut novel; I hope that Anita Sundstrom will be assigned to more cases in future books.A" Euro Crime Crammed with adventure, this book has more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti.A" Lancashire Telegraph I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really dramatic read.A" Westmorland Gazette He has put Malmo on the current international crime map.A" Sydsvenskan (Sweden)

About the Author

Torquil MacLeod was born in Edinburgh and brought up in the north east, attending schools in both Durham and Perthshire. After a brief spell as a teacher and a life insurance salesman, he worked as a copywriter at various advertising agencies in Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle. Since 2000 he has been a freelancer and he divides his time between Cumbria, where he lives with wife Susan, and Newcastle. Meet Me in Malmo is MacLeod's debut novel and was inspired by his frequent visits to the city.

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Overlander on 16 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was hooked from the beginning by the wry, tightly written style and the descriptions of Newcastle (not the usual cliched grime and deprivation image of crime novels set in the north but quirky places like the Lit & Phil library). The fast-paced plot soon moves to Malmo in Sweden and as the story line rattles along, the author effortlessly gives a real feel for this city, the country and its people. Scottish Strachan is an intersting, likeable but flawed character with a self-depricating humour and it's through his eyes that we see Sweden. The detective Anita Sundstrom is a believable and engaging heroine - refreshing to have a detective as the main character who isn't either a drunk or male. The story grips right to the very last twist. I hope it's the start of a series and that we get to see Anita in action again!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 4 Jun. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book - up to a point. All the way through I had a sneaking suspicion it might turn out like it did, but I thought we'd got past that and then..I got to the end. Initially, I thought the character was joking. I had to re-read the page a few times in case I had misunderstood. Unfortunately I hadn't. I was up for reading the second in the series, but now I'm not sure. Maybe a new author will take all our comments on board. Nobody likes to be made a fool of.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jethro on 25 Feb. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book which had me guessing right until the very end. It is right up there with all the popular Scandinavian crime books (Wallander, The Killing etc...)but with an interesting UK angle to the story. If you like a good suspense crime thriller this is for you. I am now looking forward to reading the sequel 'Murder in Malmo'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 1 April 2011
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Sweet but useless journalist Ewan Strachan works for a failing northern English newspaper, having recently been downgraded to working for the monthly lifestyle part of the operation. Strachan is lazy, thinking nothing of copying from elsewhere the articles he "writes" and not in the least able to summon up the enthusiasm for chasing scoops. Desperate to cling on to his job somehow, he attends a showing of an award-winning Swedish film because the director is an old undergraduate friend, Mick Roslyn, with whom he has lost touch. After the two make contact again. Roslyn, who has become a celebrity in Sweden, invites Strachan to Malmo for an interview for a feature, and Strachan manages to persuade his boss to pay for the trip.
On arrival in Malmo, Strachan is plunged into a nightmare when he turns up to do the interview and discovers the body of Roslyn's wife, the star of the film. The ensuing police investigation into this murder is mainly told from the point of view of Anita Sundstrom, an inspector who is highly competent yet who has to put up with sexism and discrimination from her boorish, sometimes less intelligent, superiors. Sundstrom and Strachan strike up a friendship, as the investigation continues down several avenues - could the murder be a crime of passion, a political conspiracy, the work of a deluded ex-serviceman, or an act of vengeance?
There is a lot of detail packed into this 200-page novel. The first section, introducing us to Strachan and his life in England, is too protracted, but the pace picks up once the action shifts to Malmo. The police investigation is told with confidence, the author ringing the changes as new information and suspicions continue to come to light even after initial leads look as if a quick solution has been found.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gman on 4 Jun. 2013
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A good twist only works if you get there through clever logic. It doesn't work if you deceive your reader, which is what happens in this book. The writer chooses to let us in on the inner thoughts of pretty much every character in the book, and then goes completely the opposite way. It's not clever, it simply doesn't add up. A pity as the book was quite readable. Won't be getting no 2 though.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By xanderkwt on 3 Oct. 2013
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At first I thought the book held promise - there were patches of excitement and the author did a great job in promoting Malmo. But the ending was very poor - it was as if the author had run out of ideas and just snatched a scenario from thin air.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke on 4 Jan. 2011
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In this highly readable debut novel,Ewan Strachan is a mediocre
provincial journalist,who feels he can resurrect his ailing career,
when his editor allows him to travel to Malmo to interview Mick
Roslyn,an old university colleague,who has become a famous film
director in Sweden.
Roslyn's film star wife's dead body is discovered by Strachan,and
his stay in Malmo puts him at the centre of a murder investigation,
and he becomes a suspect.The novel them becomes a thrilling police
procedural tale,as the Swedish detectives turn from one suspect to
another.Meanwhile Strachan falls for the attractive female detective.
This is an enjoyable read with a vivid sense of place and a twist in
its tail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr John Leonard on 25 Jun. 2013
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I found the hero/villain lightweight and uninteresting, the senior policeman and his side-kick crude and unintelligent, but the description of the city well drawn. However, the story did gain pace and the ending was surprising to say the least.
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