Lena Matthijs

Real life crime just around the corner

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Meet Lena Matthijs, the author who lives and works in the midst of what she writes – crime and mystery. Caring but down-to-earth Detective Chief Inspector Hasse Nelander-Wein and his team bring life and action to a suspenseful crime series set in Borås on the Swedish West Coast.

Besides being a writer of realistic crime novels and a lawyer, Lena Matthijs is a deputy police commissioner and the only woman ever to qualify as a member of a SWAT team, where she worked for five years. With her law studies and her 28 years in the police force she has a rich seam to mine for her stories. She depicts life in the averaged-sized city of Borås where she lives with her family and close to Gothenburg where she works. Lena Matthijs stands out with her rich and convincing crime thrillers. Her well-constructed and emotionally loaded page-turners give the reading an extra dimension by creating the impression that this is genuine. Many of the ingredients here are taken from reality.

Those who know something about police work are often disturbed by the way it is portrayed in crime novels. When Lena Matthijs writes she wants her colleagues in the police force to find a crime story and a narrative that authentically describes the way they work, with methods and situations very close to the way it really is. When Lena Matthijs reads a crime novel for her own pleasure she chooses Åsa Larsson, Karin Fossum, Håkan Nesser and Leif GW Persson – a team where Lena Matthijs fit in eminently well.


Authors website: http://matthijs.se/



2015 – A Brother for a Sister (En bror för en syster), crime novel
2014 – The Lion from Zagros (Lejonet från Zagros), crime novel
2013 – Dark Wings (Under fjärilens vingar), crime novel
2012 – Killing Your Darlings (Killing your darlings), crime novel


Readers' comments

"Sweden's best crime writer"

Elisabeth Höglund, Politician


"With a wonderful language Matthijs tells her story, which is horrifying without feeling speculative, and where large amount of empathy doesn't feel glued on."


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