#BLOGTOUR | Bitter Flowers – Gunnar Staalesen @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours #BitterFlowers #VargVeum #ChillingWinterReads #NordicNoir #bookreview

Welcome to the blog tour for Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalesen. Thank you to Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info and my review!

Fresh from rehab, PI Varg Veum faces his most complex investigation yet, when a man is found drowned, a young woman disappears, and the case of a missing child is revived. The classic Nordic Noir series continues…

PI Varg Veum has returned to duty following a stint in rehab, but his new composure and resolution are soon threatened when three complex crimes land on his desk.

A man is found dead in an elite swimming pool. A young woman has gone missing. Most chillingly, Veum is asked to investigate the ‘Camilla Case’: an eight-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of a little girl, who was never found.

As the threads of these three apparently unrelated cases come together, against the backdrop of a series of shocking environmental crimes, Veum faces the most challenging, traumatic investigation of his career.


Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalesen is part of a series, but can be read as a standalone. This is a new author to me but I really enjoyed his writing style. I was immediately drawn into the book and had trouble setting it down. I loved the mix of humor to lighten the atmosphere at times.

This story involves many characters and mysteries. It is quite complex, but the story is skillfully written so it isn’t complicated. The puzzles flow together perfectly, and I really enjoyed the pacing as well. It made for a very compelling read.

I’d like to check out more of this author’s work. I really liked Bitter Flowers. If you’re a fan of Nordic Noir, this is a great read. Don’t miss out!

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.



One of the fathers of Nordic Noir, Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway, in 1947. He made his debut at the age of twenty-two with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over twenty titles, which have been published in twenty-four countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Espen Seim. Staalesen has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour); Where Roses Never Die won the 2017 Petrona Award for Nordic Crime Fiction,
and Big Sister was shortlisted in 2019. He lives with his wife in Bergen.

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