Ann-Christine Bärnsten had her breakthrough in the Swedish Eurovision song contest in 1975 with the song “Ska vi plocka körsbär i min trädgård”. More than forty years later this song still puts a smile on people’s faces and has reached cult status. Ann-Christine attended primary school at Adolf Fredrik’s Music School. She has continued working as an artist throughout the years and she also produces music. In the 1980’s she founded the first agency in Sweden that focused only on speeches, and her husband – the late author Lasse Strömstedt – was one of the speakers. The speaker agency focused on social issues such as substance abuse, criminality and relations.
Her dream of becoming an author came true in 2005 when her debut novel Döden är en schlager was published by Bokförlaget Forum. The book has sold more than 25 000 copies in its different editions (hardback, paperback, audiobook, e-book, braille). Döden är en schlager is still available both in e-book and audiobook format. The audiobook is narrated by actress Marie Richardson. Ann-Christine is currently writing part two and three, to continue the thrilling story of Martina di Gombri and her colleagues at the SIS-group, the Special Investigation Squad. Bladverk Text strives for both novels being published in Sweden and abroad.
Ann-Christine has a phenomenal ability to incorporate profound research with exciting intrigues and engaging characters. Gruesome crimes are mixed with glimpses behind the polished facades of posher neighbourhood’s – the result is excellent!
Photo: Inger Bladh
Döden är en schlager in the media:
Bärnsten has the chance to make a new impression with this crime novel. The plot is well woven, convincing and continually surprising. But it is with its intensity that this thriller reaps its big success. Twelve points.
Ann-Christine Bärnsten … has done impressive research, dug pretty deep in the forensic psychiatry and gradually, and with impressive psychological stringency, unearths a broken-down person.
… as a Swedish crime novel debut in 2005, it is both readable and actually promising.
I’m rarely impressed by a debut author – Ann-Christine Bärnsten is the first in a long time.
If it is possible to talk about a hit in a literary context the prerequisites are extraordinarily good that her debut in the crime genre, “Döden är en schlager”, will become a hit – a big one … hopefully, Ann-Christine Bärnsten will devote herself wholeheartedly to create new adventures in the crime genre.
This is a very exciting debut and it was hard for me to put it down.
Bibliotekstjänst (Swedish Library Service)
This novel is perfect for the hammock, which surely will be hard to leave, because the novel is exciting and hard to put down.
Quite the start for a career in writing crime novels!