Jan Mårtenson

Agent

Elisabet Brännström

Head of Agency & Literary Agent

Agent

Elisabet Brännström

Head of Agency & Literary Agent

Agent

Elisabet Brännström

Head of Agency & Literary Agent

Jan Mårtenson

Jan Mårtenson is a distinguished former ambassador, Under-Secretary-General and Director General of the United Nations, Chef de Cabinet to his Majesty the King of Sweden, and Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. He made his literary debut in 1973, and since then he has published over 50 fiction and non-fiction titles, and has sold more than 2 million copies in Sweden alone. Mårtenson’s crime novels featuring antiques dealer Johan Kristian Homan (37 to date) are something of an institution in Swedish popular fiction, with a vast circle of fans following the series and anticipating the release of each new Homan book. Mårtenson has also published non-fiction books about the Royal Swedish Castle and Royal Djurgården in Stockholm, among many others. The Homan Crime Series Johan Kristian Homan is a sophisticated, well-heeled and generally self-deprecating antiques dealer whose shop occupies a prime location in Stockholm’s genteel Old Town. He lives with his Siamese cat Cléo de Merode, while his girlfriend, Francine, head of the Swedish Security Service’s Dignitary Protection unit, is almost always away on business. Ironic, because while Homan’s day-to-day life involves mundane transactions with Swedish high-society, he somehow always finds himself entangled in a new murder mystery — often involving one of his clients, family members or acquaintances. The Homan crime novels are penned with a fast pace, a sharp wit, a wicked sense of humor, and they overflow with fascinating characters and vivid environments. Homans’ genuine interest in pursuing the beautiful and the good in life often takes center stage, eclipsing the crime at hand. As a reader, you’re served a steady diet of quick, entertaining lectures on life’s finer pleasures: art, food and wine. With a hero like Homan, who appreciates both the smaller and greater joys in life, this crime series reveals more Bordeaux spilling from its pages than blood. The settings — from 18th century mansions and luxurious apartments to museums, art galleries and auction houses — are developed as characters in their own right. And in these environments, Homan is at home, playing gracious host, no matter the company.

Books by Jan Mårtenson

The English Cousin

Jan Mårtenson

It all starts at the bar in the ancient Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Antiques dealer Johan Kristin Homan is visiting South Africa with his girlfriend, one of the managers at the Swedish Security Service. But instead of visiting the wine regions,…

Swedish title: Den engelske kusinen

Series: The Homan Crime Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 17-05-2018

Evil Games

Jan Mårtenson

The good-natured antiques dealer Johan Kristian Homan is drawn into a tangle of power games and corruption dating back to when a Gustav Klimt painting disappeared from Vienna without a trace, during the Nazi plunder. When the only surviving heir to t…

Swedish title: Elakt spel

Series: The Homan Crime Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 24-05-2017

The Silver Apostles

Jan Mårtenson

Food, wine and a dose of delightful entertainment in Jan Mårtenson’s 44th crime novelWagner’s grandiose music, Charles the Great’s silver Apostle spoons, which came to Sweden as the spoils of war, blackmail and deadly threats are all ingredients in t…

Swedish title: Silverapostlarna

Series: The Homan Crime Series

Category: Fiction

Pub date: 09-06-2016