Oct 22, 2020
The Department of Sensitive Crimes
Posted by Alexander McCall Smith

The Department of Sensitive Crimes is Scandinavian Blanc, vastly different from Scandinavian Noir There is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg, Detective Inspector in the Sensitive Crimes Department of the Criminal Investigation Authority for the city of Malm , Sweden Ulf is concerned with odd, but not too threatening crimes, such as a stab wound to the back of the

The Department of Sensitive Crimes is Scandinavian Blanc, vastly different from Scandinavian Noir There is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg, Detective Inspector in the Sensitive Crimes Department of the Criminal Investigation Authority for the city of Malm , Sweden Ulf is concerned with odd, but not too threatening crimes, such as a stab wound to the back of the knee caused by an unknown hand, young women who allow their desperation for a boyfriend to get the better of them, and peculiar goings on in a spa on Sweden s south coast.

Of course, Ulf is a Swedish detective, and Swedish detectives, by convention, lead lives beset with problems of one sort or another For a start, there is his name Ulf means wolf in modern Swedish, and Varg derives from the Old Norse word for wolf But his character is far from vulpine Ulf is a sympathetic, well educated, and likeable man, with a knowledge of and interest in Scandinavian and modern art He has a dog named Marten, the only dog in Sweden capable of lip reading but only in Swedish Martin becomes depressed and needs treatment Dogs in Sweden are apparently particularly prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD But this is summer so there must be something else going on.

Ulf has a number of colleagues into whose lives we gain insight There is Anna, married to an anaesthe

  • Title: The Department of Sensitive Crimes
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Department of Sensitive Crimes The Department of Sensitive Crimes is Scandinavian Blanc vastly different from Scandinavian Noir There is nothing noir about the world of Ulf Varg Detective Inspector

    Kylie D

    A strange little book, not unenjoyable, just a bit bizarre We follow along with detective Ulf Varg and his team at the Department Of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden as they try to solve some curious cases, including a stabbing in the back of the knee and the disappearance of an imaginary boyfriend Witty and full of eccentric characters, I found myself chuckling a couple of times I was amused by the quirkiness of both the characters and the storyline I m still sitting here shaking my head at what A st [...]


    Phrynne

    Please note that I am already one of this author s biggest fans Another new series by Alexander McCall Smith and it starts well He tries something slightly different this time and takes a gentle poke at the crime genre, specifically Nordic Noir There is nothing dark in this book at all as Detective Varg and his odd team attempt to solve a series of sensitive crimes Most of the characters are like the author himself and they ramble at length and philosophise on anything at the drop of a hat Pleas [...]


    Brenda

    The Department of Sensitive Crimes was an unusual police department Run by head detective Ulf Varg, with Anna, Erik and Carl as his off siders, Ulf found himself working with Anna than the others But the crimes were passed on to them from other departments because of their sensitive natures With the combination of a low level stabbing, a missing imaginary friend then a missing real friend or was she as just the start, plus Ulf s dog Martin being treated for depression it really was The Departmen [...]


    Carolyn

    A light and gentle read with McCall Smith s signature warmth and homespun philosophy None of the sensitive crimes passed on to the Department are very serious but are thoughtfully handled and resolved by Detective Varg, who is a master of understanding human nature.I m a big fan of the author s No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and 44 Scotland Street but this one doesn t have quite the same appeal to me, being somewhat slower and reflective However, McCall Smith s books have a habit of cree A light a [...]


    John Martin

    This was a really enjoyable read for me quick, gentle, light, quirky with pockets of very funny humour.I ve been a fan for some of the stripped back writing that comes out of Scandinavia, and if the author had chosen a Nordic pen name I would never have suspected it wasn t actually a product of Sweden.The fact that Alexander McCall Smith promotes this as Scandi Blanc rather than Scandi Noir flagged it a satire I wanted to read.He gets inside the heads of an array of characters just brilliantly T [...]


    Marianne

    The Department of Sensitive Crimes is the first full length novel in the Detective Varg series by popular British author, Alexander McCall Smith And he s having a lend of us, the reader If that s not obvious from the title and the characters, then the cases they deal with should confirm it Those characters, though, do give him enormous scope for insightful observations and wise words.The DoSC consists of Carl incredibly conscientious , Erik obsessed by fishing , Ulf kind and sensitive and The De [...]


    Kasa Cotugno

    Nobody writes like Alexander McCall Smith He has a formula, and this time he s transposed it to Scandinavia where, if fiction coming out in the past 20 years or so is to believed, corruption and mayhem fester around every corner But with his talent for creating casts of lovable characters, Smith traipses out here in the creation of a department that will handle those quirky cases that need attention, but serious minded police won t waste time on after all, they re too busy chasing knife Nobody w [...]



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