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A short story from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg, perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.Marianne has opened a cafe in memory of her husband: Café Widows. Most customers that walk through the door are middle aged women, accompannied by men whose behaviour is often quite unpleasant. Suddenly there is a policeman on the d A short story from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg, perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.Marianne has opened a cafe in memory of her husband: Café Widows. Most customers that walk through the door are middle aged women, accompannied by men whose behaviour is often quite unpleasant. Suddenly there is a policeman on the doorstep, confronting Marianne with the news that there have been several deaths recently. Men of all different ages and origins are dying of heart attacks, after visiting Cafe Widows. Could it just be a coincidence, or is there something more sinister at play?


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A short story from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg, perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.Marianne has opened a cafe in memory of her husband: Café Widows. Most customers that walk through the door are middle aged women, accompannied by men whose behaviour is often quite unpleasant. Suddenly there is a policeman on the d A short story from No. 1 international bestseller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg, perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.Marianne has opened a cafe in memory of her husband: Café Widows. Most customers that walk through the door are middle aged women, accompannied by men whose behaviour is often quite unpleasant. Suddenly there is a policeman on the doorstep, confronting Marianne with the news that there have been several deaths recently. Men of all different ages and origins are dying of heart attacks, after visiting Cafe Widows. Could it just be a coincidence, or is there something more sinister at play?

30 review for The Widows’ Cafe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 It was short but as usual Camilla Läckberg style is flawless and she write about the touchy subject of abuse with sensivity. The crime aspect is more between the lines than her usual books but it's still a very nice short story. Rating: 3.75/5 It was short but as usual Camilla Läckberg style is flawless and she write about the touchy subject of abuse with sensivity. The crime aspect is more between the lines than her usual books but it's still a very nice short story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    21 pages and wow! Quite possibly the best short story I have read - ever! I have recommended this on several book groups, I loved it THAT much! I'm not one for giving away the plot but, trust me, even if you do not normally read short stories do try this one - you will not be disappointed!! I will definitely be reading more from this author in future. A terrific read!! 21 pages and wow! Quite possibly the best short story I have read - ever! I have recommended this on several book groups, I loved it THAT much! I'm not one for giving away the plot but, trust me, even if you do not normally read short stories do try this one - you will not be disappointed!! I will definitely be reading more from this author in future. A terrific read!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    AdiTurbo

    A short story from the Swedish crime mistress which takes revenge on beating husbands. I liked the premise and the execution, and even though it was just a short story, the characters really came to life for me and remain with me even now. Recommended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    A pretty classy short story. Part revenge, part noir, with even a tilt to cosy crime.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    A enjoyable short story,the ending has me still thinking.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    a very short story from Camilla Lackberg, author of the Fjallbacka series of police procedurals

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christine_v

    A short little story with an impact. It has that sinister character that makes you feel like you know you should not be condoning the actions of the book but on the other hand, you feel vindicated and totally on board. The atmosphere and Marianne's character are so well written that make the story flow by in a matter of minutes. I recommend it! A short little story with an impact. It has that sinister character that makes you feel like you know you should not be condoning the actions of the book but on the other hand, you feel vindicated and totally on board. The atmosphere and Marianne's character are so well written that make the story flow by in a matter of minutes. I recommend it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This is a short story with a sideways nod to crime while raising issues found in abusive relationships. The quality of Camilla's writing is evident even in this brief account which never blooms fully but in its blossom Lackberg's humour is rich and like a sweet aroma in her matter of fact characters. Indeed once she has made her telling point this vehicle has served its purpose and the story is done. Brilliant, leaves a smile on one's face. Following the death of her husband Marianne pours all her This is a short story with a sideways nod to crime while raising issues found in abusive relationships. The quality of Camilla's writing is evident even in this brief account which never blooms fully but in its blossom Lackberg's humour is rich and like a sweet aroma in her matter of fact characters. Indeed once she has made her telling point this vehicle has served its purpose and the story is done. Brilliant, leaves a smile on one's face. Following the death of her husband Marianne pours all her energy into running a coffee shop. Her enterprise and story draws similar minded women to the cafe. When Police office calls all isn't perhaps what it seems....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Plumpernickel

    Well written but a little predictable I was intrigued to find Camilla Lackberg's other works because I am reading through her Patrick Hedström and Erica Falk series. This is a short story and well written but predictable. I wish it was longer though, and that can only be a good thing! Well written but a little predictable I was intrigued to find Camilla Lackberg's other works because I am reading through her Patrick Hedström and Erica Falk series. This is a short story and well written but predictable. I wish it was longer though, and that can only be a good thing!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    One of the most compelling short stories I have ever read - beautifully written and incredibly haunting. It truly does depict a reality that is far too common nowadays. Short, interesting and right to the point. Would love a full novel about Marianne's life, even if it would reduce me to tears, no doubt. Loved the connection between her and Eva, as well. One of the most compelling short stories I have ever read - beautifully written and incredibly haunting. It truly does depict a reality that is far too common nowadays. Short, interesting and right to the point. Would love a full novel about Marianne's life, even if it would reduce me to tears, no doubt. Loved the connection between her and Eva, as well.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marian

    IJzersterk verhaal.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Short and sweet a good novelette

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Schembri

    Short and sweet

  14. 5 out of 5

    Natasha du Plessis

    A great short story that I loved.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan Knight

    A short book that had me fascinated from start to finish.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I am not a fan of short stories, but this one was really captivating. Enjoyable read. Very well written as usual for Camilla Läckberg's books. The author leaves much to the imagination of the reader when the final page has been turned. It would have been a great story too if it was more elaborated as a full story. I am not a fan of short stories, but this one was really captivating. Enjoyable read. Very well written as usual for Camilla Läckberg's books. The author leaves much to the imagination of the reader when the final page has been turned. It would have been a great story too if it was more elaborated as a full story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat Dietrich

    The Widows' Cafe by Camilla Lackberg is a short story by an award winning author. This "short" was probably the best short story I have read in a long time, and although I am thoroughly enjoying her Patrick Hedstrom detective series, I thought this had even that series beat. Total enjoyment ! The Widows' Cafe by Camilla Lackberg is a short story by an award winning author. This "short" was probably the best short story I have read in a long time, and although I am thoroughly enjoying her Patrick Hedstrom detective series, I thought this had even that series beat. Total enjoyment !

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ammar

    marriane opens a cafe in a Swedish city. After the death of her husband who used to abuse her. she uses the money for a good cause.. to help women get rid of their horrible husbands. Very short read. The crime is on the side. In between the paragraphs and in our imagination.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Excellent short story, first book I've read by this author and loved it. Will be reading more by this author now!! Quirky tale of a cafe which does special requests. Wonder how many people would like a cafe like this and to be able to order The Widow's Special!! Excellent short story, first book I've read by this author and loved it. Will be reading more by this author now!! Quirky tale of a cafe which does special requests. Wonder how many people would like a cafe like this and to be able to order The Widow's Special!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katrien

    Leuk kortverhaaltje.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Brilliant as usual: Camilla Läckberg never disappoints. (Very) short and bitter-sweet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Troy Lindeman-Wyner

    Short and not as good as the regular series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arfi

    Interesting short story!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann-marie

    short but we'll written. short but we'll written.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ned Frederick

    Strangely disturbing.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tony Rampling

    A good short story

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anke

    Kort, maar toch ook een goed, compleet verhaal.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Interesting. Would love to see this expanded on

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Note this short story is delightful and that it is included in the volume The Scent of Almonds and Other Stories.......

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lotti

    Leuk.

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