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An Event In Autumn

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James Smith
• Saturday, 09 January, 2021
• 13 min read

An Event in Autumn was an unlikely starting point for an introduction to the legend that is Henning Mandell and his creation, Kurt Hollander, but enough to see why he has acquired the cult status he has gained. Having never read any of the Hollander novels nor seen the TV adaptions, I was unsure whether starting with a novella set in his final years before retirement would allow me to appreciate his character.

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The print version of this novella covers just over one hundred and fifty pages and is An Event in Autumn was an unlikely starting point for an introduction to the legend that is Henning Mandell and his creation, Kurt Hollander, but enough to see why he has acquired the cult status he has gained. Having never read any of the Hollander novels nor seen the TV adaptions, I was unsure whether starting with a novella set in his final years before retirement would allow me to appreciate his character.

Gloomy and despondent undoubtedly, but a man of depth with a remarkably dry humor. Opening at the beginning of October 2002, Hollander is grouchy and morose about everything from the seasonal weather to the overdue ending of his career. Reflecting on over thirty years spent in the force which have seen him progress from probationer to detective, he ruminates on the changes in crime, most notably the increased availability of drugs.

He wonders if it is more difficult to be a police officer or if he is just making excuses and ripe for retirement. His daughter, Linda, has completed her training and is working at Star station alongside Hollander and also sharing his flat, much to his chagrin as he reflects on the 'strange marriage' they are now engaged in, reflecting how much Linda reminds him of former wife, Mona.

In the prelude to his retirement, Hollander is on the lookout for a home in the country and a dog to keep him company and his loneliness is evident. When colleague Martin son disturbs Hollander on his day off and offers him first refusal on a home in Modern that belongs to a cousin of his wife, now resident in an old people's home and riddled with dementia, he is tempted to take a look.

Surprisingly impressed with the potential for the house, things take a turn for the worse when Hollander stumbles over the remains of a skeleton in the garden. Why this would suddenly become visible after being evidently long buried is the first mystery which forensic officer Berg solves for Hollander, with explanations about groundwater and soil subsidence.

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From then on the problem plagues Hollander and colleagues Martin son, Linda and Stefan Lineman. With limited resources being available for the most important cases, there is little allocated to a long dead mystery, but nevertheless Hollander needs an identity for the buried skeleton before he can even begin to track down a killer.

As the team work through the deeds of the house which tell its story, discover the distinct lack of missing persons that fit the criteria and ponder how people can go unreported, there is precious little to build on. False trails aplenty hinder the route to resolution, including a red herring that itself has gone unsolved for over fifty years.

Although I have read several stories where a historic crime has taken place and is therefore statue-barred, this novella was exceptionally well done and culminates in a brush with his own mortality for Kurt Hollander. Her Summer war seer grow. Leg Dane Scatter AUF die Sonnenuhren, und AUF den Flute lass die Wide Los. Befiehl den letter Frighten, poll EU San;GIB then Noah Wei sublinear Age, dränge she our Volleying in, UND aged letter Sure in den sch weren Wan. Wer jet Kan Has hat, but such lanes Meir. Wer jet Allan is, word BS large learn, wird Aachen, lessen, large Brief schreibenund word in den Allen in UND herunruhig wander, went die Latter graben.

This novella, for me worked as a calm and soothing kind of experience. The protagonist is too likable to put in words. Anything published by Henning Mandell is must read for me, especially this novella featuring my favorite Swedish detective, Kurt Allende.

At this point in the series Allende, closing in on retirement, is thinking about a house in the country, a dog and maybe a girlfriend, not necessarily in that order. Inspecting a country house that was recommended to him, he literally stumbles on a human hand reaching out of the garden.

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This discovery leads to evidence of a murder committed sometime in Anything published by Henning Mandell is must read for me, especially this novella featuring my favorite Swedish detective, Kurt Allende. At this point in the series Allende, closing in on retirement, is thinking about a house in the country, a dog and maybe a girlfriend, not necessarily in that order.

Inspecting a country house that was recommended to him, he literally stumbles on a human hand reaching out of the garden. My only complaint was the length of the book (118 pages) but it was still vintage Henning Mandell, who made the Star Sweden coastal area come alive as a landscape for brilliant non-US crime fiction.

Unfortunately as Mandell explains, his age at 65 makes writing crime fiction more problematic, but we remain hopeful his creative juices will trump his biological clock. “The last Hollander mystery, Troubled Man, was published in 2011, but this novella was released in 2014, and fits in chronologically just before that last novel.

Written for a Dutch Crime Festival, it features an (of course) aging Hollander, living now in Star with his daughter and now police colleague, Linda. “The last Hollander mystery, Troubled Man, was published in 2011, but this novella was released in 2014, and fits in chronologically just before that last novel.

Written for a Dutch Crime Festival, it features an (of course) aging Hollander, living now in Star with his daughter and now police colleague, Linda. It's beginning to feel like the autumn of his life, as he is now older than any other colleague on the force.

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Looking at a house he's considering buying, he finds a human hand in the backyard emerging out of the ground. One bonus that makes this a must for fans is an essay he appends here about how he began writing the series initially to combat racism, which he saw really emerging in Sweden after the fall of the Soviet Union.

He thought: This is like a mystery that needs to be solved, so imagined a detective who sees the need to confront it as it comes into his country. The essay, published after Troubled Man, includes the sad sentence: “There are no more stories about Kurt Hollander.” He said he wouldn't miss Hollander, but knew his readers would.

IDK why I missed this little novella out because I thought, I have read all the Hollander Books ...here it goes. This little story is interesting and has the well known kind why I missed this little novella out because I thought, I have read all the Hollander Books ...here it goes.

I don’t recall any description of food or (non action related) illness or injury, other hallmarks of the series. But as I check Amazon’s Look Inside for this book, I see coffee is actually mentioned 17 times, or about once every 10 pages.

You need warm fortification for dealing with the approaching Swedish winter and a historic murder. It's a typical Hollander, with all his grumpiness and dodged determination to get to the truth never mind what.

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It's a typical Hollander, with all his grumpiness and dodged determination to get to the truth never mind what. Mandell explains in an Afterword that he’d actually written An Event in Autumn many years ago as a bonus for Dutch readers.

Since he was recently asked for a complete list of the Hollander stories, he felt compelled to include it. Mandell explains in an Afterword that he’d actually written An Event in Autumn many years ago as a bonus for Dutch readers.

It’s not often that the reading public gets such a chance to peer into the gray matter of a favorite writer. There is a longer section titled HOW IT STARTED, HOW IT FINISHED AND WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN which is also worth reading.

There is a longer section titled HOW IT STARTED, HOW IT FINISHED AND WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN which is also worth reading. This is a novella and doesn't feel as if it has the depth, or the number of plot lines, of a full-blown novel.

My first introduction to the Nordic novels was a Hollander, this was many years ago. I have since read them all, though I have never watched the series where this character is featured. My first introduction to the Nordic novels was a Hollander, this was many years ago. I have since read them all, though I have never watched the series where this character is featured.

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Rather slowly paced, I still enjoyed the unraveling of the trail and of course the inner thoughts and feelings of this celebrated solver of mysteries. The author's note explains how this story came to be and how the character of Hollander was envisioned at the start.

Very much enjoyed reading the essay at the end where Henning Mandell described his creation of and the flow of Hollander over the years. His views of events in Europe 1990 onwards are so well expressed in the various books of the series and I delight in reading how he created the stories and indeed the ending....

Very much enjoyed reading the essay at the end where Henning Mandell described his creation of and the flow of Hollander over the years. His views of events in Europe 1990 onwards are so well expressed in the various books of the series and I delight in reading how he created the stories and indeed the ending....

My first and probably only Mandell novel; I have a bad habit of trying mystery series and giving up after one book, or not even making it through a whole one. This was written for a Dutch promotional deal and falls chronologically between The Pyramid and The Troubled Man, making it #9.5 in the Kurt Hollander series.

After 30 years as a police officer, Hollander is interested in living in the countryside instead of the town center flat he shares with his daughter Limy first and probably only Mandell novel; I have a bad habit of trying mystery series and giving up after one book, or not even making it through a whole one. This was written for a Dutch promotional deal and falls chronologically between The Pyramid and The Troubled Man, making it #9.5 in the Kurt Hollander series.

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A colleague tells him about a house in the country owned by his wife’s elderly cousin and Hollander goes to have a look. Of course things aren’t going to go smoothly with this venture. You have to suspend disbelief when reading about the adventures of investigators; it’s like they attract corpses.

So it’s not much of a surprise that while he’s walking the grounds of this house he finds a human hand poking out of the soil, and eventually the remains of a middle-aged couple are unearthed. The rest of the book is about finding out what happened on the property at the time of the Second World War.

Thirty years in the police force, and now he longs for peace and quiet. As he searches for a home to live, near the ocean, in the country, with a plot of land, he believes he found the perfect place.

Thirty years in the police force, and now he longs for peace and quiet. As he searches for a home to live, near the ocean, in the country, with a plot of land, he believes he found the perfect place.

Thirty years in the police force, and now he longs for peace and quiet. Immediately, his positive thoughts turn negative and does not want to buy a house where a murder occurred.

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As his team examines the site, they find two bodies, long ago buried, one a man and another a woman. Clues don't come easy in solving this, UNIL a woman with a criminal background, provides information of her gypsy grandparents from Estonia who traveled in this area during WWII, seeking refuge from German Nazis.

Kurt Hollander is a Swedish detective approaching retirement and reflecting on his 30-year career on the Police Force. Hollander received from his colleague about a small house that his uncle used to live he wants to sell.

He inspects a small farm house in the country, then stumbles on a human hand of a corpse reaching out of a garden. The discovery of the hand leads to a murder that This is an interesting short mystery novel.

Kurt Hollander is a Swedish detective approaching retirement and reflecting on his 30-year career on the Police Force. Hollander received from his colleague about a small house that his uncle used to live he wants to sell.

He inspects a small farm house in the country, then stumbles on a human hand of a corpse reaching out of a garden. Mandell writes an afterword and an essay where he explains his creation and how the story was published.

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This story, though set at the end of the series, was originally written as a gift book for Dutch thriller writers. This story, though set at the end of the series, was originally written as a gift book for Dutch thriller writers.

I haven't read that many of the Hollander mysteries--just enough to appreciate this fine, though abbreviated, addition to the series. Simon Vance (the go-to narrator for dark Scandinavian crime novels) reads, and that's a draw for me as he sets the tone well and the Swedish words come fluently to my ears.

Set near the end of Hollander's career, this novella provides an interesting look at the detective and his investigative skills. He's thinking of finding a house of his own--his daughter Linda I haven't read that many of the Hollander mysteries--just enough to appreciate this fine, though abbreviated, addition to the series.

Simon Vance (the go-to narrator for dark Scandinavian crime novels) reads, and that's a draw for me as he sets the tone well and the Swedish words come fluently to my ears. Set near the end of Hollander's career, this novella provides an interesting look at the detective and his investigative skills.

He's a dogged investigator, and when the limited clues eventually lead him to a family of Estonian refugees who arrived during the war, he relies as much on his intuition, his feelings about his interview with the surviving son. Like the others in his series it's dark, and he's rather dour, but the book offers a good intro to the man and his crime-solving career.

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He talks about the series, and it seems there's still hope he might return to the characters and chronicle Linda's career. Vintage Hollander, grumpy and determined to find the truth. Really, really miss Henning Mandell and all the books he might still have been able to write.

Swedish detective Kurt Hollander is tired and looking forward to his retirement. When a police associate recommends a suitable place for sale, Hollander visits the house and likes it.

However, when he checks the garden and stumbles over a hand sticking out from the soil, he doesn’t care for the place anymore. Hollander and his colleagues settle down to conduct the usual long, tedious and often boring police work of trying to learn more about Swedish detective Kurt Hollander is tired and looking forward to his retirement.

When a police associate recommends a suitable place for sale, Hollander visits the house and likes it. However, when he checks the garden and stumbles over a hand sticking out from the soil, he doesn’t care for the place anymore.

Hollander and his colleagues settle down to conduct the usual long, tedious and often boring police work of trying to learn more about the body. Author Henning Mandell tells the story in a straightforward and enjoyable manner, Hollander’s daughter, Linda, is now a police officer and aids in the investigation.

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Kurt and Linda are living under the same roof, even though she is in a relationship with another police officer, but father and daughter are not getting along all that well. Kurt and his associates have more leads to check out and many of them reach dead ends.

In many cases it is just as important to eliminate leads as it is to find them.” The novel itself is about 150 pages, more like a novella or a long short story. Mandell also gives us an essay at the end of the book on the origin of the Hollander series.

But as this is Mandell, and given that sadly he has passed on and the wonderful Hollander series has only 10 books, I'm more than happy to forgive a .5 and this TV plot-like start. But as this is Mandell, and given that sadly he has passed on and the wonderful Hollander series has only 10 books, I'm more than happy to forgive a .5 and this TV plot-like start.

He gets a phone call on his day off from Martin son, a colleague, about a house that belongs to his uncle who is in a care home. He gets a phone call on his day off from Martin son, a colleague, about a house that belongs to his uncle who is in a care home.

When the report arrives, it shows that the woman was about fifty years old and died by hanging. Hollander then receives a phone call from an elderly former colleague who tells him of some people who disappeared in during the war.

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Hollander and his team trolled the old newspapers and found an account of the missing people. The tension in the story begins with the discovery of the hand in the garden and continues throughout the rest of the book.

We meet Kurt Hollander in the twilight of his career as he ponders his life and his time in the force. I gave this one four stars because it includes an afterword by Mandell on the origins of his idea of the protagonist Hollander and the reasons that led him to make this a series.

As the summer closes, I'm about to start the last book in the series, the Troubled Mani gave this one four stars because it includes an afterword by Mandell on the origins of his idea of the protagonist Hollander and the reasons that led him to make this a series. Can't believe me it took me so long to find out about this Scandinavia series that in a way is a precursor in my mind of the Jo Lesbos of this time.

Well, he is still totally credible 20 years later, despite the changes in technology in crime, the DNA revolution, spyware. Perhaps, I relate to him as his internal dialogue is very similar to mine and I often caught myself laughing at him and his quirks and habits.

Any writer wishing to write a novella or novel, especially in the crime and mystery genres, would do well to read this and Any writer wishing to write a novella or novel, especially in the crime and mystery genres, would do well to read this and other works by the author as he has much to teach.

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