The Talented Mr. Varg (Detective Varg, #2)
In the second installment in the best-selling Detective Varg series, Ulf and his team investigate a notorious philanderer—a wolf of a man whose bad reputation may be all bark and no bite.   The Department of Sensitive Crimes, renowned for taking on the most obscure and irrelevant cases is always prepared to dive into an investigation, no matter how complex. So when the girlfriend of an infamous author who insists her bad-boy beau is being blackmailed approaches Ulf Varg, the department’s lead detective, Ulf is determined to help. It’s rather difficult to determine what skeletons hide in the hard-living lothario’s closet, though. And while Swedes are notoriously tolerant . . . well, there are limits. Even for the Swedish.   The case requires Ulf’s total concentration, but he finds himself distracted by his ongoing attraction to his co-worker, Anna, whose own fears about her husband’s fidelity are causing a strain on her marriage. When Ulf is also tasked with looking into a group of dealers exporting wolves that seem more canis familiaris than canis lupus, it will require all of his team’s investigative instincts and dogged persistence to put these matters to bed.

The Talented Mr. Varg (Detective Varg, #2) Details

TitleThe Talented Mr. Varg (Detective Varg, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 28th, 2020
PublisherPantheon
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GenreMystery, Fiction, Audiobook

The Talented Mr. Varg (Detective Varg, #2) Review

  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this second book in the Detective Varg series. Knowing that this is Alexander McCall Smiths take on Swedish crime stories, you will not expect dark Scandinavia-Noir, but a charming and witty story. This features a small unit of detectives who are given cases thought to be of little importance. Much of their workload is filling out requisitions and reports designed to confound them. In this case, there are a 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for this second book in the Detective Varg series. Knowing that this is Alexander McCall Smith’s take on Swedish crime stories, you will not expect dark Scandinavia-Noir, but a charming and witty story. This features a small unit of detectives who are given cases thought to be of little importance. Much of their workload is filling out requisitions and reports designed to confound them. In this case, there are a couple of cases of suspected blackmail, and dogs exported under the fraudulent designation as wolves. There is also the surveillance of a husband thought to be having an affair and a Gypsy accused of brawling with a clergyman. These cases do not always end in arrests or legal justice because the kind, good Detective Varg builds trust and has the ability to understand what really is behind reports of immoral or criminal behaviour. He is foremost in his dedication to mercy and forgiveness. Varg is a moral, sensitive man who belongs in a Sensitive Crimes unit. He lives with his deaf dog that has learned to lip read. He is in love with a married colleague, Anna, but his moral code prevents him from showing it. He carries guilty feelings about an unexpected gift he received which might be considered a bribe, and a dog leash requisitioned from the police department by mistake. He is polite and sympathetic to a very annoying colleague who talks incessantly about trivial matters, and who is avoided by the others. As in most of the author’s series, there is a quiet philosophy about life in the many conversations and much thought-provoking dialogue. I would have preferred the cases had been positioned more evenly throughout the book instead of investigating and resolving them towards the end. I would read a further book in the Detective Varg series. I am a big fan of his 10 Scotland Street Series and The Ladies’ Number 1 Detective Agency. Any fan of these series should enjoy the delightful stories of Detective Varg and his fellow workers and their very unusual cases.
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  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Wry in some places; straight up hilarious in others. Full review tomorrow.
  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love the writings of Alexander McCall Smith! In The Talented Mr. Varg, we again meet Ulf Varg, Dectective of The Department of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden, a department that is noted for taking on the more abtuse of cases.A woman, who Ulf has met at a Group Pyschological meeting, approaches Ulf to look into what she pruports as a crime against her partner, a famous Swedish " bad boy" adventure writer. Helping on the case is Blomquist, a policeman assigned to the Department, who has I absolutely love the writings of Alexander McCall Smith! In The Talented Mr. Varg, we again meet Ulf Varg, Dectective of The Department of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden, a department that is noted for taking on the more abtuse of cases.A woman, who Ulf has met at a Group Pyschological meeting, approaches Ulf to look into what she pruports as a crime against her partner, a famous Swedish " bad boy" adventure writer. Helping on the case is Blomquist, a policeman assigned to the Department, who has an abject fondness for vitamins and herbs to solve every ailment known to mankind.Adding to this and other investigations are Ulf's colleagues Carl, Erik and Anna. Anna, Ulf's secret improbable crush, in fact has a request for Ulf to look into a personal quest for her.And Ulf's deaf, depressed rescue dog Martin's vet visit opens another inquiry into a possible fraudulent wolf exporting case.Other quirky characters and unique situations make this book a joy to read. I can't wait for the next installment!Full disclosure :I was the winner/recipient of an uncorrected bound proof of this book. But being a huge fan of the writer, I would have purchased it myself anyway.
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  • Vivienne
    January 1, 1970
    I was delighted to find that our online library had stocked the audiobook edition of this second in Alexander McCall Smiths delightful take on Scandi Noir, though this is Scandi Blanc, a lighter type of crime fiction suitable for those who would prefer not to delve into the dark and gritty. His Detective Varg is the typically morose detective, who continues to struggle with feelings for his colleague, Anna. The Department of Sensitive Crimes deals with a variety of quirky new cases. The I was delighted to find that our online library had stocked the audiobook edition of this second in Alexander McCall Smith’s delightful take on Scandi Noir, though this is Scandi Blanc, a lighter type of crime fiction suitable for those who would prefer not to delve into the dark and gritty. His Detective Varg is the typically morose detective, who continues to struggle with feelings for his colleague, Anna. The Department of Sensitive Crimes deals with a variety of quirky new cases. The audiobook was narrated by Saul Reichlin. He has a wonderful golden voice and narrated Stieg Larsson’s original Millennium trilogy along with many other audiobooks. He is one of my favourite narrators.‘The Talented Mr. Varg’ proved a highly entertaining and distracting listen. It’s just wonderful.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    As one may expect when the protagonist is a detective in the Department of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden, this mystery does not feature blood, gore or violence--or even the threat of them, for which I am grateful. As in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries, also by Alexander McCall Smith, the issues here are important to those they affect and Ulf Varg, a good man, who wants to do the right thing, takes them seriously. A character-driven mystery, there is much introspection and may seem As one may expect when the protagonist is a detective in the Department of Sensitive Crimes in Sweden, this mystery does not feature blood, gore or violence--or even the threat of them, for which I am grateful. As in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency mysteries, also by Alexander McCall Smith, the issues here are important to those they affect and Ulf Varg, a good man, who wants to do the right thing, takes them seriously. A character-driven mystery, there is much introspection and may seem slow-moving to some readers, but it is a satisfying read and one that leaves you wanting the next installment. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in a Goodreads Giveaway. This is my honest review of the book.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    The Talented Mr. Varg is the second novel in a new series by Alexander McCall Smith. I have been a fan of this author since I discovered his #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and I am enjoying the Detective Varg novels every bit as much. This was a smooth, relaxing read that took me away from all the stress going on today. Im looking forward to book #3. Thank you to the publisher, Alfred A Knopf, and the author for the advanced copy I won on Goodreads Giveaways. “The Talented Mr. Varg” is the second novel in a new series by Alexander McCall Smith. I have been a fan of this author since I discovered his #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, and I am enjoying the Detective Varg novels every bit as much. This was a smooth, relaxing read that took me away from all the stress going on today. I’m looking forward to book #3. Thank you to the publisher, Alfred A Knopf, and the author for the advanced copy I won on Goodreads Giveaways.
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  • Martina
    January 1, 1970
    #2 of the Detective Varg series. I have to laugh that the author has 'Scandinavized' his first name on the front cover! Detective Ulf Varg of the Department of Sensitive Crimes investigates a blackmail, an export scheme, and other issues both personal and within the department..... Unfortunately this is one of McCall Smith's books that is to a large measure what goes on in a person's head, or records every word in a conversation with side thoughts as well. With the coronavirus raging and me #2 of the Detective Varg series. I have to laugh that the author has 'Scandinavized' his first name on the front cover! Detective Ulf Varg of the Department of Sensitive Crimes investigates a blackmail, an export scheme, and other issues both personal and within the department..... Unfortunately this is one of McCall Smith's books that is to a large measure what goes on in a person's head, or records every word in a conversation with side thoughts as well. With the coronavirus raging and me going into week 9 of self isolation, I just wasn't in the mood for this kind of meandering story line.
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  • Jennifer Schell
    January 1, 1970
    Alexander McCall Smith does not disappoint with the second installment in this delightful series featuring Ulf Varg a detective in the sensitive crimes department in Sweden. This book was a perfect read during the pandemic full of humor and charm. Alexander McCall Smith is one of my favorite authors and this new series is full of all the wisdom and wit that Alexander McCall Smith's fan love. Highly recommended!!!
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  • Terry Pearson
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for sending me this free book This is my first book in this series but certainly not my first Alexander McCall Smith book. It definitely wont be my last either. Thank you Det. Varg for keeping my interest. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this free book This is my first book in this series but certainly not my first Alexander McCall Smith book. It definitely won’t be my last either. Thank you Det. Varg for keeping my interest.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet.
  • Denise Basinger
    January 1, 1970
    Mr Varg is really starting to grow on me! He will definitely be a new favorite character by this very entertaining author!
  • Martina
    January 1, 1970
    #2 in McCall Smith's Detective Varg series, due April 28, 2020 follows The Department of Sensitive Crimes. McCall Smith keep developing new series!
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