"Meditative. Dark. Really, really cold ... This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy ... This first installment in Kallentoft's crime series is a splendid representative of the Swedish crime novel, in all its elegance and eeriness."
– Booklist (starred review)
"Don't bother with Stieg Larsson, Kallentoft is better."
– Magnus Utvik, Sweden's leading critic
"One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer."
– The Guardian
"The highest suspense."
– Camilla Lackberg, international bestselling author of The Ice Child
"He has a completely unique style, an exquisite narrative that you drink in with pleasure ... I'm convinced: a crime novel doesn't get much more beautiful than this."
"A gripping opening gambit ... Investigating inspector Malin Fors is a feisty single mother, whose flaws are intriguing and endearing ... The chillingly suspense-filled story works up to a truly stunning finale."
– Easy Living
"Sharp writing and original insights add spice."
– Literary Review
"This is a dark novel, full of awful people and desperate loneliness. Kallentoft is ruthless in his descriptions, but there is a great story here with solid police work leading Fors to the tale of the dead man in the tree. A must for the fans of Swedish crime novels."
– The Globe and Mail
"Most successful as an in-depth exploration of small-town life in a country which is theoretically democratic and egalitarian, but only on the surface."
– Canberra Times
" Kallentoft is gifted ... He has a knack for characterisation and describing the slow burn of police work."
– The Age (Australia)
"A cleverly crafted ... dark multilayered murder mystery."
– Courier Mail (Australia)
"Malin Fors is an intriguing and complex heroine ... MIDWINTER BLOOD shows the hidden life under the picturesque surface ... Kallentoft is an outstanding writer."
– Nordic Book Blog
"Delivers in spades."
– Hobart Mercury (Australia)
"An all-round chilling read, and an interesting beginning to what will be a fascinating five-part series of crime fiction page turners featuring the policewoman."
– Sunshine Coast Daily (Australia)
"The prose is spare and the dead man whispers to the detective which she seems to hear and transform into an unerring instinct for the truth."
– South Coast Register
"[Kallentoft] is rightly praised for his skill at plotting, as well as his ability to create strongly-realised female protagonists ... The author's sequence featuring his wonderfully rounded female protagonist Malin Fors is rapidly acquiring a devoted following."
– Good Book Guide
"My current favourite among the Scandinavian crime writers is another Swede, Mons Kallentoft. So far, three of his Malin Fors books have been translated into English: Midwinter Blood, Summertime Death, and Autumn Killing. I loved them all, particularly for the way Kallentoft gives a voice to his victims."
– Alex Gray, author of Sleep Like the Dead