Johanna Mo is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. Her latest novel The Night Singer is the first book in a new series featuring police duo Hanna Duncker and Erik Lindgren: The Island Murders.

Johanna Mo (1976) is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. She has written five crime novels and two literary novels to date, and she has worked as a freelance editor, translator and literary critic for the past twenty years.

Mo’s latest novel The Night Singer is the first book in a series set on the island of Öland: The Island Murders. Here, readers are introduced to an irresistible new police duo: Hanna Duncker and Erik Lindgren.

Johanna Mo lives in Stockholm with her family.

Photo by Sofia Eckerblad

Johanna Mo (1976) is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. She has written five crime novels and two literary novels to date, and she is best known for her critically acclaimed series about police detective Helena Mobacke. Mo has worked as a freelance editor, translator and literary critic for the past twenty years.

Mo’s latest novel The Night Singer is the first book in a series set on the island of Öland: The Island Murders. Here, readers are introduced to an irresistible new police duo: Hanna Duncker and Erik Lindgren.

“With the series about Hanna Duncker, I want to portray what it’s like to have a close relative who has committed a crime. When I was fifteen, three teenage boys were arrested for the murder of a taxi driver. Everyone in Kalmar talked about it, since the boys were from the town. They had been hired by the victim’s ex husband. But what I remember most is the silence. We couldn’t talk about it in my family. The boy who was convicted of accessory to murder, who the press had dubbed ’the brain’, was my sister’s boyfriend. We socialized with his family. One of the boys who was convicted of the murder worked at the same café as I did.

This has been a driving force in my writing from the start: What makes a person kill? How are the people around them affected? Both the people connected to the victim and those connected to the perpetrator. It’s only now that I dare to really approach that last bit, through the story of Hanna Duncker and her father.

It’s still a difficult subject for me.”

Johanna Mo, April 2020

  • Photo by Sofia Eckerblad

  • Photo by Sofia Eckerblad

  • Photo by Sofia Eckerblad