The fires mighty spirit rested upon the room. The smell of fire scared him, but at the same time it was fascinating. He dropped a burning match in the trashcan among clutter and turpentine. It was as if the trash came to life. In the heat the can got curved and formed the shape of a face that penetrated the soft plastic. He didn’t dare to move, though it was burning everywhere. The fire hypnotized him. It crackled as if the burning face would try to tell him something … a secret about the dead children on mother’s framed picture.

Eleven-year-old Leo has lost his mother in a fire. When he moves to Visby with his father a series of fires starts in the same neighborhood. One victim in the fire is the wife of an politician who recently has being subjected to harassment. It becomes Maria Wern’s task seek if the fires has some connection to each other. Clues lead her to a gang that has stayed together since high school. A group of friend where the fireman Björn is one of them. The same Björn that Maria has fallen deeply in love with.

A Dance on Glowing Embers is a book about greed, about the forces that do not hesitate to use other people’s vulnerability and longing for love.

288 pages


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Germany: BookBeat
Italy: StorySide
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“Anna Jansson delivers both quality and quantity. Anna Jansson is in top shape in this year’s book.”
Swedish Radio, P4 / SWE

“Anna Jansson’s mixture of crime and relationship drama with a dash of humor appeals to me. It is pleasant to read a crime mystery that is not thick like a brickstone. This is back to like it was before, less than 300 pages. And it is so god pages, written with flow, easily read but with depths built for reflections. Her strengths are the emotional game and drama … The books about Maria Wern continues to be a success.”
Gotland Allehanda / SWE

“Anna Jansson is a master at working with children in her intrigues. She treats them with respect and understanding. They become protagonists and not just playing small parts. Anna Jansson’s mix of crime drama, relationship history and a touch of humor appeals to me. It’s also nice to read detective stories that are not brick-like. As it was before in 300 pages. And it’s good pages, written with a flow that is easy to read, yet with a depth that creates thought.”
DAST magazine / SWE

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