The Department of Sensitive Crimes

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

  • Title: The Department of Sensitive Crimes
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: The Department of Sensitive Crimes : A Detective Varg Novel
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  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 anaesthetist, but very fond of Ulf Erik, whose sole interest is fishing Carl, whose father is a famous Lutheran theologian who has written a book on Danish philosopher Kierkegaard then there is Blomquist from the uniformed branch, who goes on and on about his health problems but seems to have extraordinary luck in investigations There is also Ulf s psychotherapist, Dr Svensson, whose observations on Ulf s life and many other topics enlightensor possibly confuses.

    The Department of Sensitive Crimes is the first full length novel in the Detective Varg series.

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suppose Seems like a subtle joke 1 likelike 3 months ago See all 2 answers Bibliothekerin I also figured it was intended as a joke It s particularly apt in this case, because only Swedish of the 3 mutually intelligible Scandinavian I also figured it was intended as a joke It s particularly apt in this case, because only Swedish of the 3 mutually intelligible Scandinavian languages contains the Umlaut A I did some reading online and kept following link after link because it was so interesting I never thought about different types of deliberate misspellings before, called sensational spelling Examples abound of the gratuitous or decorative use of the umlaut in particular used deliberately for satire nited St tes Toughens Image With Umlauts , or for foreign branding H agen Dazs So many hard rock and heavy metal bands use the umlaut in their names Blue yster Cult, M tley Cr e, etc that this type of umlaut apparently even has its own name the Metal umlaut It too is a form of foreign branding, intended to give a band s logo a Teutonic quality connoting stereotypes of boldness and brutality presumably associated with Germanic and Nordic cultures McCall Smith s single umlaut in lexander seems pretty tame in comparison title of a 1997 article in THE ONION, a satirical newspaper Can anyone think of gratuitous decorative misspellings using umlaut Particularly in branding less flag I dont suppose its available on audiobook 1 likelike 4 months ago See all 2 answers Don Goncalves It is CD unabridged Audio 6 discs Product Number C05577Released Apr 17, 2019ISBN 9781980031581Narrator s David RintoulPublisher Recorded It is CD unabridged Audio 6 discs Product Number C05577Released Apr 17, 2019ISBN 9781980031581Narrator s David RintoulPublisher Recorded Books, Inc less flag See all 5 questions about The Department of Sensitive Crimes Lists with This Book Books From Authors To Explore 91 books 14 voters Best Mystery Thriller 2019 214 books 177 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.51 Rating details 3,331 ratings 732 reviews All LanguagesBahasa Indonesia 1 English 714 Espa ol 1 Svenska 2 More filters Sort order Feb 05, 2019 Kylie D rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery crime, netgalley 2019, annual challenges, atwi80b 2019, monthly challenges 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 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 I just read, but at the same time it was oddly appealing and I would definitely read from this author.3.5 stars rounded up to 4.My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 129 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Feb 01, 2019 Phrynne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 5000 2019 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 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.Varg is a sympathetic and very likeable character but he is not yet in the same league as Isabel Dalhousie, Mma Ramotswe or even little Bertie I cannot remember now whether those characters appeared fully formed in their first outing or if they developed as they went along, but I will be very happy to see of Ulf Varg and get to know him better.A very enjoyable book as long as you like this kind of thing quirky, thoughtful and character driven A detective novel with scarcely an angry word and certainly no nasty stuff Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book flag 77 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Feb 02, 2019 Brenda rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read on kindle, 2019 release, crime, mystery, own read, 5000 2019, arc, net galley 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 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 a strange and uncanny series of cases But would Ulf and his team find the culprits Would Martin overcome his depression And would the feelings he was developing for Anna stay buried The Department of Sensitive Crimes is the 1st in the Detective Varg series, by Alexander McCall Smith, well known and much loved author of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series It was certainly different a quick, light hearted read with a lot of rambling off topic I m keen to see what the 2nd in the series will be like Recommended I must say the formatting is atrocious, but that s because it s an ARC With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 36 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 02, 2019 Carolyn rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves humour, netgalley, crime, relationships, netgalley 2019, 2019 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 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 creeping up on you and perhaps given time and some interesting crimes this has the potential to become a favourite too With thanks to Netgalley and Hachette for a digital ARC to read. flag 34 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 10, 2019 John Martin rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 flag 29 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Mary I love Smith s description of this series as Scandi Blanc It s hilarious when the main character complains about an eccentric uncle s forcing him t I love Smith s description of this series as Scandi Blanc It s hilarious when the main character complains about an eccentric uncle s forcing him to watch all of Bergman s films exactly my sentiments Aug 16, 2019 04 49AM Lynetta I am on a Facebook mailing list and Smith McCall Smith said it was his birthday recently He is just putting out another in the Ladies no 1 Detect I am on a Facebook mailing list and Smith McCall Smith said it was his birthday recently He is just putting out another in the Ladies no 1 Detective Agency and is starting on another Varg It amazes me that he can take an imaginary boyfriend and get so much mileage of him I am SO glad not to share an office with Erik Nykvist whose sole passion is fishing Aug 29, 2019 02 31PM Apr 13, 2019 Marianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves borrowed copy returned, wishlist 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 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 in impossible love with his married colleague , Anna The annoyingly enthusiastic but less than competent Officer Blomquist also lends a hand And let s not forget Martin, Ulf s deaf, depressed, lip reading dog, Mrs Hogfors, his neighbour and Dr Svensson, his therapist The cases, passed on from Malm s Criminal Investigation Authority because they are slightly unusual, are also a rich source of material for philosophical discussion an unwitnessed stabbing in the back of a knee a missing boyfriend who s imaginary and a possible werewolf As Ulf and his team carry out their investigations, they are extremely prone to heading off on often amusing tangents during questioning All are successfully resolved, but not without much deep discussion of the behaviours encountered.McCall Smith s characters discuss, debate and ponder topics as diverse as imaginary friends, politically correct terminology for small people, the canine environmental footprint, osmotic knowledge, vegan objection to pets and whether the obsessed can be happy.When Ulf muses on gentlemanly behaviour, it s very pertinent to the current me too cases although he knew that nobody talked about being a gentleman any , the concept still existed somewhere under the burden of the new language of relationships, the language that stressed self determination and personal space That was not all that different from the code of gentlemanly conduct that had previously prevented men from inappropriate conduct in their relations with women The things that men were now supposed not to do were precisely the things that gentlemen were not meant to do anyway so what was the difference Were we simply becoming old fashioned again, as societies tended to do when they saw the consequences of tearing up the behavioural rule book While it sounds like a crime novel, McCall Smith describes it as Scandi Blanc as opposed to Scandi Noir and anyone who is reading his work for the crime aspect has the wrong end of the stick McCall Smith s crime books are an exercise in examining human behaviour and the gentle philosophy which that inspires Delightfully tongue in cheek flag 21 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 08, 2019 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, genre humor satire, loc europe scandinavia 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 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 wielding, revengeful maniacs These are the cases that result in ethical dilemmas, not corpses, and each situation is a sort of morality play and a glimpse into the human condition Can t wait for the next installment flag 15 likesLike see review May 25, 2019 Juli rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read audiobooks 2019 I firmly believe every avid reader has a list of authors they really, really want to read.but never seem to get around to actually picking up a book I know I m guilty of this I could probably list at least 10 writers that intrigue me and really want to read their work, but I m drowning in the ocean of my TBR and never seem to get to that list of new to me writers.Alexander McCall Smith is on that list For years, I have heard about his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, but have just neve I firmly believe every avid reader has a list of authors they really, really want to read.but never seem to get around to actually picking up a book I know I m guilty of this I could probably list at least 10 writers that intrigue me and really want to read their work, but I m drowning in the ocean of my TBR and never seem to get to that list of new to me writers.Alexander McCall Smith is on that list For years, I have heard about his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, but have just never gotten around to actually reading the series I even bought the first book It still languishes on my bookshelf, waiting for some love And, while I have been swimming in my TBR, the series has blossomed to 20 books Sigh I feel like the debutante who is always late to the ball Just when I was wondering if I would ever actually read anything by this author, a strange bright red cover caught my eye The Department of Sensitive Crimes After I read the blurb, I knew I was finally going to finally read Alexander McCall Smith A tongue in cheek, humorous book about a Swedish police department that handles unusual and strange cases How could I resist TBR list be damned.is book jumped line right to the top Peppered with anecdotes about the mental health of dogs, fly fishing, the psychology of imaginary friends, and even the supernatural, this book was incredibly fun and enjoyable It was like Harry Hole with much less blood, alcohol and death This book is unusual The story is convoluted, oftentimes absurdbut INCREDIBLE I listened to the audio book and had the best time I m sure my neighbors wondered why I was digging in my garden and laughing Detective Ulf Varg and his co workers were great company while I was grubbing out nefarious weeds The story winds its way through three cases.a stabbing, a disappearance, and some strange goings on Ulf and his fellow investigators take their job quite seriously and work to unravel the truth in each case For me, I saw this as a realistic depiction of law enforcement than the exciting thriller suspense stories Cops do a lot of paperwork, phone calls, research isn t all excitement And most cases are mundane, or just interesting, rather than exciting Sometimes it is refreshing to read a book that brings a smile This book was a nice bit of brain candy for me Loved it It is well written, amusing, and enjoyable This is NOT a detective thriller.n t expect gun play, fast paced excitement and a hard investigation This book is about the characters, about humanity and the absurdities that happen in life The audio book is narrated by David Rintoul and runs just over 7 hours Rintoul has a nice voice and gave a superb performance I have hearing loss, but was easily able to hear and understand the entire book I officially love Alexander McCall Smith And I m going to read The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency ASAP I m sorry I waited so long flag 11 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 10, 2019 Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves library, scandinavian authors, mysteries Smith, who first came to my notice writing gentle mysteries about a traditionally sized Botswanan lady detective, now turns his hand to one of my favorite genres Scandinavian crime thrillers Much my speed, too, as there are no grisly murders here No, there s a quickly solved non lethal stabbing, a missing boyfriend who may not be real, and a possible werewolf All the crimes are soon solved, and there s no great sense of urgency But, as with the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books Smith, who first came to my notice writing gentle mysteries about a traditionally sized Botswanan lady detective, now turns his hand to one of my favorite genres Scandinavian crime thrillers Much my speed, too, as there are no grisly murders here No, there s a quickly solved non lethal stabbing, a missing boyfriend who may not be real, and a possible werewolf All the crimes are soon solved, and there s no great sense of urgency But, as with the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, there is plenty of time for philosophical dialogue between colleagues, and in this series ruminations on how good it is to be Swedish, and how great dogs are flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 26, 2019 Kirsty rated it liked it McCall Smith for me is a little bit like James Patterson no matter how many different series they create you always know when you are reading one They both have a bit f a unique style you can instantly recognise With Smith we have quirky characters and gentle crime Ok in the first story someone gets stabbed in the leg but it s still not as dark as other authors I m not sure about sensitive but the crimes are definitely different and intriguing If anything they are all solved a little bit t McCall Smith for me is a little bit like James Patterson no matter how many different series they create you always know when you are reading one They both have a bit f a unique style you can instantly recognise With Smith we have quirky characters and gentle crime Ok in the first story someone gets stabbed in the leg but it s still not as dark as other authors I m not sure about sensitive but the crimes are definitely different and intriguing If anything they are all solved a little bit too fast and I would have liked a longer book but again that is not Smiths style It s a quick, not too fussy read but for me now I want something A thumbs in the middle this time flag 10 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 df parizeau rated it did not like it Shelves mystery I d never read McCall Smith until now, but this ARC came through work and it piqued my interest I m not sure if the issue is that this is the first book in the series and he is trying to establish a lot of character traits, but I found this very self involved and dull.There is so much useless dialogue and conversations between the characters Very little of it is anything than pedantic small talk.I also find it rather self aggrandizing of Smith to say he s creating a new genre Scani bla I d never read McCall Smith until now, but this ARC came through work and it piqued my interest I m not sure if the issue is that this is the first book in the series and he is trying to establish a lot of character traits, but I found this very self involved and dull.There is so much useless dialogue and conversations between the characters Very little of it is anything than pedantic small talk.I also find it rather self aggrandizing of Smith to say he s creating a new genre Scani blanc More like Scandi blah flag 10 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 02, 2019 Andrea rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction foreign locale, series, around the world 2019, netgalley I m of a dabbler than a hardcore fan of this author although I do have a favourite series Isabel Dalhousie , but when I found out he was turning his hand to Scandi crime I couldn t resist While this was a good, short read, overall I have to say I could take it or leave it.Detective Ulf Varg is the nominal head of the Department of Sensitive Crimes, an offshoot of the Malm Police Department in southern Sweden When the police can t work out what to do with their unusual cases, they I m of a dabbler than a hardcore fan of this author although I do have a favourite series Isabel Dalhousie , but when I found out he was turning his hand to Scandi crime I couldn t resist While this was a good, short read, overall I have to say I could take it or leave it.Detective Ulf Varg is the nominal head of the Department of Sensitive Crimes, an offshoot of the Malm Police Department in southern Sweden When the police can t work out what to do with their unusual cases, they refer them on to Ulf and his small team Sometimes they are very busy, and at other times they can be found at the caf across the road In this book the team tackles 3 sensitive crimes, although in fact perhaps only the first one is an actual crime in the legal sense.I guess in this first book the author is focused on establishing his major characters and setting the tone for the series It is successful in that regard But for me the plot didn t hold a lot of interest The crimes were a bit weird not due to their sensitivity, I might add The second one by far the biggest chunk of the book seemed unresolved Then when the third started to veer into the paranormal I began to question the author s intent This is ridiculous, said Ulf and I had to agree Detective Varg is a great character, and I think this series has potential I can imagine checking back in at a later point to see how it develops, but I won t rush With thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for a copy to read and review. flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Feb 05, 2019 Kylie H rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, cosy mystery This book is completely in line with the gently philosophical No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series the central character is Ulf Varg, a Swedish detective with the Department of Sensitive Crimes, where he works with a number of quirky staff who all enjoy discussions about obscure facts and strange observations.In amongst all this sometimes distracting conversation there are a few mysteries involving a minor stabbing, a missing imaginary boyfriend and a health spa with strange goings on.Ulf is k This book is completely in line with the gently philosophical No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series the central character is Ulf Varg, a Swedish detective with the Department of Sensitive Crimes, where he works with a number of quirky staff who all enjoy discussions about obscure facts and strange observations.In amongst all this sometimes distracting conversation there are a few mysteries involving a minor stabbing, a missing imaginary boyfriend and a health spa with strange goings on.Ulf is known to be a very kind and understanding person often to his own detriment He is the owner of a deaf dog that he has taught to lip read but missing a significant other from his life.Highly recommended if you feel like reading something nice with gentle, clean humour.Thank you Netgalley and Hachette Australia for the opportunity to review this book flag 9 likesLike see review Jun 13, 2019 Laura rated it liked it Shelves lib has audio, favorite authors, first of a series, library, library request, 2019, crime thriller suspense, on laptop I liked this first novel in AMS s new series, but I didn t love it I read it off and on between other pressing reads, so maybe I didn t give it the best chance, but it was just OK for me I ll definitely try the next book, and see how it goes I know that series can often start out OK and then they get better as they go, like his Number One Ladies Detective series So we ll see I did enjoy the audiobook narration I also like the new Swedish setting, which in my experience is new for his I liked this first novel in AMS s new series, but I didn t love it I read it off and on between other pressing reads, so maybe I didn t give it the best chance, but it was just OK for me I ll definitely try the next book, and see how it goes I know that series can often start out OK and then they get better as they go, like his Number One Ladies Detective series So we ll see I did enjoy the audiobook narration I also like the new Swedish setting, which in my experience is new for his work I ll be curious to see where this goes flag 8 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 20, 2018 Carolyn rated it really liked it Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the advance copy of this delightful, lighthearted book Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favourite writers I have read all of his Ladies No.1 Detective Agency and the 44 Scotland Street series, and many of his other books I hope this will be the start of another ongoing series When you think of Swedish police investigations and mysteries, the popular Scandinavian Noir genre comes to mind with its dark and disturbing tales This i Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for the advance copy of this delightful, lighthearted book Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favourite writers I have read all of his Ladies No.1 Detective Agency and the 44 Scotland Street series, and many of his other books I hope this will be the start of another ongoing series When you think of Swedish police investigations and mysteries, the popular Scandinavian Noir genre comes to mind with its dark and disturbing tales This is a gentler, relaxing book which covers unusual, even insignificant crimes To work as a detective in the Department of Sensitive Crimes is considered a step up for some members of the regular police force, but you get the idea that the mysteries are often passed on to the Sensitive Crimes branch when the police force considers them unimportant and not worth the bother The author has great insight into human nature, and his stories contain much wit and wisdom and a philosophy of values to ponder There is sly humour and a cast of idiosyncratic characters, and patience and goodness in this detective agency Detective Varg is morose and dejected as a result of his wife leaving him for a hypnotist However, he finds himself developing strong feelings for Anna, a married colleague These feelings seem to be returned, but neither will act or even speak of it since it is against their morals They do have a good working partnership Also, there is Carl who works the longest hours in the office but never seems to be included in investigations and Erik whose mind is mostly on fly fishing and constructing fishing lures at his desk Most annoying to Varg is Blomquist, a local policeman who gets drawn into his crime solving activities He is very opinionated and talks continuously about mundane matters and feels he is always right He is jealous of those working in the Department of Sensitive Crimes and wants to work there The first crime investigation concerns the reason a business owner was stabbed in the back of his knee Then a young woman s imaginary boyfriend is reported missing and some suspect she murdered him The third case is a confidential one, assigned by the reclusive Police Commissioner A relative s spa has lost much business due to a possible werewolf frightening customers at night I hope there will be books in the series I want to learn about the detectives and their sparkling, thought provoking conversations, as well as their crime investigations on the lighter side of Sweden flag 8 likesLike see review May 15, 2019 Sheila Beaumont rated it it was amazing Shelves funny, dogs, mysteries suspense thrillers, scandinavia I loved this one Set in Sweden, it s a fun, light, gentle satire of Scandinavian crime fiction, most likely to be enjoyed by readers who like both Alexander McCall Smith s quirky, philosophical tales and dark Scandinavian crime thrillers I liked the protagonist, Detective Ulf Varg Wolf Wolf , who has a deaf dog named Martin who he has taught to lip read And the loquacious policeman Blomquist is an amusing sidekick Apparently this is the first book in a series, so I m looking forward to I loved this one Set in Sweden, it s a fun, light, gentle satire of Scandinavian crime fiction, most likely to be enjoyed by readers who like both Alexander McCall Smith s quirky, philosophical tales and dark Scandinavian crime thrillers I liked the protagonist, Detective Ulf Varg Wolf Wolf , who has a deaf dog named Martin who he has taught to lip read And the loquacious policeman Blomquist is an amusing sidekick Apparently this is the first book in a series, so I m looking forward to of these charming, entertaining mysteries flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 18, 2019 Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves ebooks, arc s 3.5 but rounding it up because it s the first in a series and because it was just so darn cute As a long time fan of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I was really excited to read the first installment of Alexander McCall Smith s new Detective Varg series The blurbs for this Scandi blanc novel were hilarious so I was ready for cheerful, detective fun On this, the book definitely delivered It was absolutely delightful.The Department of Sensitive Crimes was a unique take on 3.5 but rounding it up because it s the first in a series and because it was just so darn cute As a long time fan of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, I was really excited to read the first installment of Alexander McCall Smith s new Detective Varg series The blurbs for this Scandi blanc novel were hilarious so I was ready for cheerful, detective fun On this, the book definitely delivered It was absolutely delightful.The Department of Sensitive Crimes was a unique take on the ever popular genre of Nordic Noir, bringing a lot of light heartedness to a usually quite dark realm of fiction I liked the characters, I liked the quirky cases, and it was a quick, fun read which is what I usually expect from the author s books He s certainly got a winning formula In terms of feeling particularly Swedish, though, it felt like I was just reading of the No 1 Ladies series Nothing about this made it feel very Swedish and to be honest, the way most of the characters spoke and thought was very similar to those in the Botswana based books I have to wonder if that really is how people go about things in Sweden or if the author decided to stick with personality traits that have already worked for him Because of this, the cases seemed to get solved pretty quickly and without any actual proof It seemed a bit like This is probably what happened, case closed So don t go into this thinking you re getting a massively detailed detective story with deep characters I read McCall Smith s books when I need a break from the normally heavy stuff I read because I can always count on them to be thoroughly pleasing I can see these books becoming another go to for me when I need a purely fun read with endearing characters I ll definitely be reading the next one Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a copy in exchance for my review flag 7 likesLike see review Apr 28, 2019 Karin rated it really liked it Shelves british, mystery, funny, interpersonal relationships, british author, kapk, fiction, humorous, novel, comedy 3.75 starsMcCall Smith meets Scandinavian noir, and this is a gentle, humorous poke at that genre but fear not, intrepid McCall Smith fans, this isn t actual noir.I was skeptical, since the only other series I like of his is the No 1 Ladies one This has a very different voice, and, thankfully, the American edition has kept the British spelling so it matches his writing beautifully But he definitely has that Swedish noir kind of feel to the writing.Ulf Varg both of his names mean wolf in old 3.75 starsMcCall Smith meets Scandinavian noir, and this is a gentle, humorous poke at that genre but fear not, intrepid McCall Smith fans, this isn t actual noir.I was skeptical, since the only other series I like of his is the No 1 Ladies one This has a very different voice, and, thankfully, the American edition has kept the British spelling so it matches his writing beautifully But he definitely has that Swedish noir kind of feel to the writing.Ulf Varg both of his names mean wolf in old Norse, so this is humour as well is the lead detective of the Sensitive Crimes department, and this particular book is told in third person primarily, but not entirely, from his POV I am not going to rehash a summary or a blurb since there is one on the book description, but suffice to say there are basically three mysteries to be solved here I plan on reading the next one flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 05, 2019 Susan Johnson rated it liked it McCall Smith turns his gentle hand to Malmo, Sweden where a police department investigates sensitive crimes These are crimes that really don t fit in anywhere else The department is headed up by Ulf TheWolf Varg and has three other members Cases include an unique look at the stabbing of a knee, an imaginary boyfriend and an investigation of the chief of police s relative s resort It needs to handled with kid gloves and tact and involves a wolf The series reminds me of the Dalhousie and McCall Smith turns his gentle hand to Malmo, Sweden where a police department investigates sensitive crimes These are crimes that really don t fit in anywhere else The department is headed up by Ulf TheWolf Varg and has three other members Cases include an unique look at the stabbing of a knee, an imaginary boyfriend and an investigation of the chief of police s relative s resort It needs to handled with kid gloves and tact and involves a wolf The series reminds me of the Dalhousie and The Ladies Detective Agency series as there is a lot of ruminations and discussions of the philosophies of life It s an interesting start to another series by a certainly prolific writer flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 25, 2019 Elaine Tomasso rated it liked it review of another edition I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Department of Sensitive Crimes, the first novel to feature Detective Ulf Varg of the Malm police.Ulf, along with his colleagues, Anna and Carl and assisted by Erik in the office and Officer Blomqvist on the beat are called to solve several unrelated crimes over the course of the novel, a stabbing, an alleged murder and strange goings on at a rural health spa.The Department of Sensitive Crimes is an unusua I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Department of Sensitive Crimes, the first novel to feature Detective Ulf Varg of the Malm police.Ulf, along with his colleagues, Anna and Carl and assisted by Erik in the office and Officer Blomqvist on the beat are called to solve several unrelated crimes over the course of the novel, a stabbing, an alleged murder and strange goings on at a rural health spa.The Department of Sensitive Crimes is an unusual, clever novel and, despite my reading of several novels in The Number One Ladies Detective Agency series, a bit outside my comfort zone, to the extent that I m not sure if I enjoyed it or not It consists of Ulf solving three distinct crimes and covers his interpersonal relationships and thoughts as much as his crime solving It is an amusing novel in parts, especially situationally as the crimes are inventive but ridiculous, but certain bits seem laboured, like Erik s only topic of conversation being fishing, and pall rapidly It is an interesting conceit to situate a lightweight, frivolous novel in Sweden which is often home to dark, intense crime fiction I m not sure it really works as, apart from a few musings on Swedishness, there isn t a great sense of place There is no doubt, however, that the author is gently poking fun at the genre because his characters are extremely nondescript, in fact, let s not beat about the bush, boring Ulf s hobby is reading magazines about Scandinavian art and nice, worried about being PC and doing the right thing.I don t think I really got the book so it didn t amuse me as much as it probably will other readers flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 22, 2019 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves just couldn t finish I tried, I really, really tried I love Precious Ramtoswe and Isabel Dalhousie and poor, poor Bertie of 44 Scotland Street How could I not But Detective Ulf Varg of the Department of Sensitive Crimes of Malm , Sweden s Police Department has trapped in a novel that appears a cross between Maj Sj wall and Per Wahl s Kurt Wallender and Seinfeld the Swedish flavor and conscientious characters are there, but it s really a novel about nothing I tried for two hours to get into, but I never, never I tried, I really, really tried I love Precious Ramtoswe and Isabel Dalhousie and poor, poor Bertie of 44 Scotland Street How could I not But Detective Ulf Varg of the Department of Sensitive Crimes of Malm , Sweden s Police Department has trapped in a novel that appears a cross between Maj Sj wall and Per Wahl s Kurt Wallender and Seinfeld the Swedish flavor and conscientious characters are there, but it s really a novel about nothing I tried for two hours to get into, but I never, never could shake the sense of boredom I bought it from Audible, and I returned it this morning flag 5 likesLike see review May 03, 2019 Jane rated it really liked it Shelves scandinavia, reviewed, mystery Quick, humorous, and enjoyable, a gentle parody of the Scandinavian noir genre of mysteries This involves a team of Swedish policemen and woman who investigate sensitive crimes These are ones not investigated by the regular police department The team is led by Detective Ulf Varg Wolf Wolf and a policewoman with two clerks A talkative usually about nothing of consequence policeman from another department aids them Each has a whimsical personality Any solutions to the cases the fi Quick, humorous, and enjoyable, a gentle parody of the Scandinavian noir genre of mysteries This involves a team of Swedish policemen and woman who investigate sensitive crimes These are ones not investigated by the regular police department The team is led by Detective Ulf Varg Wolf Wolf and a policewoman with two clerks A talkative usually about nothing of consequence policeman from another department aids them Each has a whimsical personality Any solutions to the cases the first a stabbing behind a victim s knee, another involving an imaginary boyfriend and a third concerning strange goings on at a spa owned by the cousin of the Police Commissioner are not as important as the attempts to solve the cases, the interpersonal relationships, and philosophizing, which is often poignant A delightful treat of, as the author has termed it Scandi blanc Highly recommended flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 18, 2019 Sid Nuncius rated it liked it Like so many people, I enjoy The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series very much However, I have never really got on with Alexander McCall Smith s other work and this remains largely true of this start of a new series.The Department of Sensitive Crimes is set in an odd little department of the police in Malmo, Sweden The location is significant it is the setting for both Wallander and The Bridge and McCall Smith is trying to create a contrast to these classics of Scandi Noir Ulf Varg transl Like so many people, I enjoy The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series very much However, I have never really got on with Alexander McCall Smith s other work and this remains largely true of this start of a new series.The Department of Sensitive Crimes is set in an odd little department of the police in Malmo, Sweden The location is significant it is the setting for both Wallander and The Bridge and McCall Smith is trying to create a contrast to these classics of Scandi Noir Ulf Varg translation Wolf Wolf and his colleagues are a gentle investigative team who look into not terribly serious crimes and resolve them by talking to people, noticing details, reflecting on human nature or a version of human nature, at least and generally being honest and kind Remind you of anything Yes, The Department of Sensitive Crimes has pretty much the structure of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but set in Sweden The trouble is that while Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi, Mr J.L.B Matekoni and others have real originality, charm and a genuine spark about them, Ulf and his colleagues don t really For me they weren t terribly interesting people and their digressive musings just became rather dull rather than charming.It does have its moments a statement in court by a convicted man is genuinely touching, for example, and wry sentences like But the procedure for procedures had to be gone through, in accordance with further procedural guidelines, kept me going It s readable and I did finish it with a little skimming of yet another digression every so often but I won t be rushing to read the next in the series My thanks to Little Brown for an ARC via NetGalley flag 4 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2019 Chandra Claypool wherethereadergrows rated it liked it Shelves arc As a lover and long time fan of SVU, how do you NOT pick up a book whose synopsis starts off the way that it does Top that with this also being a different take on Nordic Noir crime and well, I just couldn t pass it up I ll be honest I m still not quite sure what I read The characters are very unique and quirky and while the crimes they take on may not particularly be sensitive , they certainly are different I adore the idea of people taking on crimes that the normal law enforcement wou As a lover and long time fan of SVU, how do you NOT pick up a book whose synopsis starts off the way that it does Top that with this also being a different take on Nordic Noir crime and well, I just couldn t pass it up I ll be honest I m still not quite sure what I read The characters are very unique and quirky and while the crimes they take on may not particularly be sensitive , they certainly are different I adore the idea of people taking on crimes that the normal law enforcement wouldn t touch A missing invisible boyfriend Haha.As a first in a series book, it definitely takes on the chore of introducing the characters and laying the ground work This could cause the book to lag here and there While the well know, dark and intense, Nordic crime books give you a sense of place, this lighter, quirky and fun book doesn t quite do that, nor do I think it s supposed to I m just slightly surprised but alas, I shouldn t be comparing smacks hand I don t think I ve ever seen conversations and dialogue like the ramblings that could happen throughout this read However, I really loved the dry sense of humor and the uniqueness of Ulf and the gang This book is definitely not for everyone but what makes it so is the almost satire look at crime fiction For those who need a bit of a palate cleanser without changing full genres, I think this is an adventure to absolutely take Just go into it with an open mind and a sense of humor.Thanks to Pantheon for this copy flag 4 likesLike see review Jun 01, 2019 Donna Craig rated it liked it This book wasn t as fun as some of McCall Smith s others, but I still enjoyed it The story moved too slowly for me However, I loved the sense of humor about political correctness and how it forces us to behave and think Very funny and relatable flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 06, 2019 Laura rated it liked it Shelves giveaways, kindle 3.5 Ulf Varg heads up a police department in Malmo that covers unusual delicate crimes Like who stabs a man at the knees And what to do about a group of young women losing their minds over a made up boyfriend Not to mention reports of lycanthropy.This starts slow But by the middle of the second case, you ll be enad of Ulf his crew, wondering when you can next spend time with them.My thanks to Penguin for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 3.5 Ulf Varg heads up a police department in Malmo that covers unusual delicate crimes Like who stabs a man at the knees And what to do about a group of young women losing their minds over a made up boyfriend Not to mention reports of lycanthropy.This starts slow But by the middle of the second case, you ll be enad of Ulf his crew, wondering when you can next spend time with them.My thanks to Penguin for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Dawn rated it really liked it I thought maybe The Department of Sensitive Crimes would be mostly a light, funny read, and I was pleasantly surprised as I read to discover that while yes, the team that makes up the department Ulf, Anna, Erik and Carl with quirky policeman Blomquist assisting on most cases and the cases they are assigned DO have many comic, amusing, laughable moments, there are equal measures of serious ideas and interesting, thought provoking things that are just parts of life though sometimes one migh I thought maybe The Department of Sensitive Crimes would be mostly a light, funny read, and I was pleasantly surprised as I read to discover that while yes, the team that makes up the department Ulf, Anna, Erik and Carl with quirky policeman Blomquist assisting on most cases and the cases they are assigned DO have many comic, amusing, laughable moments, there are equal measures of serious ideas and interesting, thought provoking things that are just parts of life though sometimes one might not really think about them they just try to live through them the best he or she can I alternated between laughing and pausing after a thought or comment to think about it, and saying to myself, Hmmm, yeah, I know what you mean, but I hadn t really thought about it much It was really a lot of fun, to try and figure out the cases along with the team do you punish someone for causing chaos with his or her imagination How can one whose job it is to seek justice for a victim possible feel sympathy for a suspect , and to follow their personal lives and challenges what is wrong with Ulf s dog Who will best whom for the best joke on April Fool s Day Will Anna and Ulf talk, or pretend like nothing unusual is going on How is the best way to deal with Blomquist and his sometimes lengthy talks about potato skins, the proper amount of sunscreen and other thoughts I couldn t believe how talented the author was in injecting humor into topics or situations where it would appear to be well, quite sad.I really, really liked this book because it was so easy to get interested and involved and it made me smile while making me think about oddball things I probably would never have much reason to think about otherwise fun I can t wait for the next book in the series flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 26, 2019 Catie rated it liked it Shelves mystery, read 2019, fiction, humor, read for review, review copy Review copy provided by Pantheon Books April 2019Favourite Quotes Sometimes we stumble over the truth We think we find it, but it finds us pg 25 The role of luck in human affairs had always intrigued him So much of what we did was influenced by factors that were beyond our control the vagaries of others, sequences of events that we initiated in ignorance of where they would lead, chance meetings that led to the making of a decision that would change our life pg 26 Ulf sat dow Review copy provided by Pantheon Books April 2019Favourite Quotes Sometimes we stumble over the truth We think we find it, but it finds us pg 25 The role of luck in human affairs had always intrigued him So much of what we did was influenced by factors that were beyond our control the vagaries of others, sequences of events that we initiated in ignorance of where they would lead, chance meetings that led to the making of a decision that would change our life pg 26 Ulf sat down and opened the latest copy of a magazine to which he subscribed, the reading of which he eked out, as one might prolong the pleasure of a box of chocolates pg 31 flag 3 likesLike see review May 28, 2019 Sharon Williams rated it did not like it As much as I have enjoyed a number of his books, I just could not get into this one Blah Nothing awful, just blah So relieved to be finished with it I ll not be continuing this series and probably won t recommend it to anyone flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Scout Maria rated it really liked it A charming and comfortable book This is my first Alexander McCall Smith, but it was such a quick relaxing read I think I ll give his No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series a try flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Mt Lebanon Publi The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith 1 2 Jun 11, 2019 04 31PM Play Book Tag The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith 3.75 stars 1 10 Apr 28, 2019 01 03PM Librari Combine Editions The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith 2 15 Dec 29, 2018 01 22PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed , the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics He was born in what Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana He lives in Scotland Visit him online at alexandermccallsmith, on Facebook, and on Twitter Other books in the series Detective Varg 3 books Books by Alexander McCall Smith More Trivia About The Department of No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from The Department of The Germans had a word for everything a word that could be very focused, very specific, because it could be constructed for a precise set of circumstances They even had a word, it was said, for the feeling of envy experienced when one sees the tasty dishes ordered by others in a restaurant and it is too late to change one s own order Mahlneid, meal envy, she believed that was the word if it existed at all Mahlneid could well catch on because many are bound to have felt that sort of envy as the waiter carries the dishes of others, gorgeously tantalising, past their own table 4 likes All suspects should be given the chance to telephone their lawyers or their mothers, and it would not be surprising if they chose to call their mothers After all, your mother is fall likely to believe in your innocence than your lawyer 3 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 493, 1226, 1194, 333, 85 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise 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