JOHANNA MO is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. Her new crime series The Island Murders about police duo Hanna Duncker and Erik Lindgren has been sold in 17 territories. The first book, The Night Singer, was published in 2020 and became an instant bestseller. The sequel titled The Shadow Lily was published in June 2021.

Johanna Mo (1976) is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. She has written seven 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.

In the summer of 2020 Mo published, The Night Singer, the first book in a new 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. Rights to the series have been sold in 17 territories and The Night Singer became an instant bestseller upon publication. The second book in the series, The Shadow Lily, was published in June 2021 and a third book will follow in the summer of 2022.

Johanna Mo lives in Stockholm with her family.

Photo by Sofia Eckerblad

Johanna Mo (1976) is an author from Kalmar, Sweden. She has written seven 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.

In the summer of 2020 Mo published, The Night Singer, the first book in a new 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. Rights to the series have been sold in 17 territories and The Night Singer became an instant bestseller upon publication. The second book in the series, The Shadow Lily, was published in June 2021 and a third book will follow in the summer of 2022.

Johanna Mo lives in Stockholm with her family.

“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