Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better (Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic)
One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer (Guardian)
The highest suspense (Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Stonecutter)
He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure . . . I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this (Kristianstadsbladet)
A gripping opening gambit . . . Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing . . . The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale. (Easy Living)
Sharp writing and original insights add spice (Literary Review)
This is a dark novel, full of awful people and desperate loneliness. Kallentoft is ruthless in his descriptions, but there is a great story here with solid police work leading Fors to the tale of the dead man in the tree. A must for the fans of Swedish crime novels. (Globe and Mail)
Most successful as an in-depth exploration of small-town life in a country which is theoretically democratic and egalitarian, but only on the surface. (Canberra Times)
Kallentoft is gifted . . . He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work. (The Age (Australia))
A cleverly crafted . . . dark multilayered murder mystery (Courier Mail (Australia))
Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine . . . MIDWINTER SACRIFICE shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface . . . Kallentoft is an outstanding writer (Nordic Bookblog)
More very impressive input from another Scandinavian writer with something refreshingly different to say and with a different way of saying it . . . the background of Sweden in the grip of a cruel and punishing winter is brought vividly to the page. His illustration of the complex character of his heroine is also impressive . . . An impressive book. (Tangled Web)
Engaging (Manly Daily (Australia))
Gripping (New Books Magazine)
Delivers in spades (Sunday Herald Sun (Australia))
An all-round chilling read, and an interesting beginning to what will be a fascinating five-part series of crime fiction page turners featuring the policewoman. (Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia))
The prose is spare and the dead man whispers to the detective which she seems to hear and transform into an unerring instinct for the truth. (South Coast Register)
[Kallentoft] is rightly praised for his skill at plotting, as well as his ability to create strongly-realised female protagonists . . . The author's sequence featuring his wonderfully rounded female protagonist Malin Fors is rapidly acquiring a devoted following. (Good Book Guide)
My current favourite among the Scandinavian crime writers is another Swede, Mons Kallentoft. So far, three of his Malin Fors books have been translated into English: Midwinter Sacrifice, Summertime Death and Autumn Killing. I loved them all, particularly for the way Kallentoft gives a voice to his victims. (Alex Gray, author of Sleep Like the Dead)
The snow covered all the tracks, as the killer knew it would. But it couldn't hide the victim, the man who now hung naked from a lonely tree on a frozen plain.
Malin Fors is first on the scene. A thirty-one-year-old single mother, Malin is the most talented and ambitious detective on the Linkoping police force, but also the most unpredictable. She must lead the investigation while keeping her fractured life on the rails.
No one knows the identity of the dead man. Or perhaps no one ever wanted to know. When all the voices of the investigation have fallen silent, Malin can rely only on herself and her own instincts. And as she follows in the frigid wake of the killer, Malin begins to discover just how far the people in this small town are willing to go to keep their secrets buried.