Cornelia was 19 years old when she met and was dazzled by
older Hans Goransson. Wealthy from his commercial real
estate business, he wined and dined her and presented her
with impressive gifts. After they married, he became
mentally and physically abusive. Now she fears for her life
and the life of their six year old daughter, Astrid. She
has asked for a divorce. Their lovely home in very posh
Bromma, a Stockholm suburb, is for sale. A second Open
House is being staged and is in readiness by realtor Helena
Sjoblom, who is confident of a sale. When the house is
sold, Cornelia and Astrid can escape to a rental apartment
and begin a new, safe life together and keep a distance from
Hans. Hoping it will happen soon, Cornelia fears his next
brutality will kill her. She must protect her beloved
daughter, and escape Hans.
The day after the second Open House, Astrid discovers the
bloody body of her father who has been murdered. The police
arrive and discover a kitchen knife from their own
collection is the weapon. There is no apparent break-in
and when questioned Astrid tells the police an older man
stroked her cheek the night of the murder when she was
almost asleep in her bedroom. Did everyone leave after the
Open House was over or did someone remain, hidden away until
the moment was right to kill Hugo? Did Helena neglect to
make sure all the doors and windows were locked?
Emma Skold is a police detective who loves her chosen
career, following in the footsteps of her father. He is not
pleased with her choice because he thinks police work is too
risky for his daughter especially now that she is pregnant.
Emma is happy with impending motherhood and her lover,
Kristoffer, a hard working real estate agent. He has
promised to find them an apartment so they can be together,
happily after. Emma is struggling to decide if she will be
able to juggle the work she loves and be a good mother too.
Emma is convinced Cornelia is the killer and her reasons
stem from a large insurance policy recently taken out that
will leave Emma wealthy. She has no proof that her husband
abused her as she has never reported him to the police.
When she is arrested and sent to jail, Cornelia is only
released when another pair of murders occur at another Open
The ending of KILLER DEAL is a cliffhanger I did not see
coming. Ms. Sarenbrant is a sterling crime story teller,
touching on meaningful topics such as domestic abuse,
career/motherhood issues, friendships, revenge and
betrayals. I did not like Cornelia and found her cold,
distant and not capable of good decisions. It is no surprise
that Sofie Sarenbrant is Queen of Scandinavian Crime novels.
KILLER DEAL is her first novel translated into English. I
to her next offering. I enjoyed this riveting thriller
that sneaked up on me at the final page. WOW!
"Sofie Sarenbrant is the most exciting rising star among
Swedish crime authors today."—Camilla Läckberg, crime
The morning after an open-house showing in a
posh Stockholm suburb, a father is found dead by his
six-year-old daughter Astrid. There are no signs of a
break-in, and the murder weapon is one of the family's own
kitchen knives. The only hint that someone from the outside
might be involved is that Astrid claims a strange man
stroked her cheek during the night.
Emma Sköld takes up the case. She suspects that the man's
wife could be the culprit, but when more murders occur tied
to open-house showings, her theory is turned on its head.
What's the truth behind the events in the ostensibly idyllic
and prosperous residential area? And what is the connection
between the victims?
Sofie Sarenbrant has
established herself as one of Sweden's most popular crime
fiction authors. She has written six novels in the Emma
Sköld series, which have sold more than five hundred
thousand copies. Killer Deal is her first novel to be
translated into English.