Mari Jungstedt is one of Sweden’s most popular crime fiction authors. More than 3 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. She crafts suspenseful and dramatic stories, often brutally violent while set against the serene and picturesque landscape of Gotland Island, Sweden.
Jungstedt has previously worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television. She also had a brief career as a fashion model in NYC. But throughout her years, she harbored the secret dream of becoming an author. Once she dedicated the time to this endeavor, Mari says it was as if she opened a box of stories that had to be written.
Her novels featuring beloved characters Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg are set on the island of Gotland, where Jungstedt resides during the summer months. Six titles have been the basis for Swedish movies.
Mari Jungstedt lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and has two children.
Barry Forshaw, author of: Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction writes about Jungstedt’s authorship:
“For some considerable time, cognoscenti of the best Scandinavian crime fiction have been aware that Mari Jungstedt’s Inspector Knutas novels are among the most rarefied and satisfying pleasures afforded by the field.”
“As several respected critics through-out the world have noted, her books are the equal of most of her contemporaries (and, in some cases, they are considerably more accomplished).”
Author website: www.marijungstedt.se/en
Author photo: Anna-Lena Ahlström