Niklas Natt och Dag is a Swedish author of historical fiction novels. He writes the Jean Mickel Cardell series. Niklas is a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden. If he’s not working on his next novel or reading, Niklas enjoys playing the guitar, mandolin, violin, or the Japanese bamboo flute, shakuhachi.

Niklas Natt och Dag made his debut as a novelist in 2017 with The Wolf and the Watchman. Below is a list of Niklas Natt och Dag’s books in order of when they were originally published:

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Publication Order of Jean Mickel Cardell Books

The Wolf and the Watchman: 1793 (2017)Description / Buy at
The City Between the Bridges: 1794 (2023)Description / Buy at
The Order of the Furies: 1795 (2024)Description / Buy at

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Niklas Natt och Dag Synopses: The Wolf and the Watchman is the first Jean Mickel Cardell novel by Niklas Natt och Dag. One autumn morning in 1793, watchman Mikel Cardell is roused from a drunken stupor by reports of a body floating in the Larder, a once-pristine lake on Stockholm’s Southern Isle, now a fetid bog. The investigation into the grotesquely mutilated corpse is assigned to incorruptible lawyer Cecil Winge, who enlists Cardell’s help to unravel the mystery. Time is of the essence: Winge’s health is failing, the monarchy is in disarray, and the city is rife with whispered conspiracies and rampant paranoia.

Winge and Cardell delve into a brutal world of street urchins and thieves, mercenaries and madams. Their investigation leads them through the city’s labyrinthine society, from a farmer’s son who falls into peril seeking fortune in the capital to an orphan girl condemned to a workhouse by a heartless parish priest. As they peel back the layers of Stockholm’s complex social fabric, they discover a web of interconnected lives—the rich and poor, the pious and the fallen, the living and the dead—all linked to the body pulled from the lake.

Breathtakingly bold and intricately crafted, The Wolf and the Watchman vividly brings to life the bustling streets, opulent palaces, and shadowy corners of late-eighteenth-century Stockholm. It offers a gripping exploration of the crimes committed in the name of justice and the sacrifices made for survival.

The City Between the Bridges by Niklas Natt och Dag is book 2 in the Jean Mickel Cardell series. In Stockholm, 1794, young nobleman Eric Three Roses languishes in a hospital, with the city deeming him fit for a madhouse. Wracked with guilt, he chronicles the memories of his lost love—his beautiful wife, who died tragically on their wedding night.

The young woman’s grieving mother, desperate for justice, turns to the only person who will listen: Jean Mickel Cardell, the one-armed watchman. But she isn’t the only one seeking Cardell’s help.

Emil, the younger brother of the late, brilliant lawyer and detective Cecil Winge, tracks down Cardell to reclaim his brother’s pocket watch. Instead, Cardell persuades Emil to join him in uncovering the truth behind the sinister events at the Three Roses estate on that fateful wedding night.

The Order of the Furies by Niklas Natt och Dag is the third book in the Niklas Natt och Dag series. For more than a year, Emil Winge has been relentlessly pursuing the malevolent Tycho Ceton, aided by the indispensable one-armed army veteran and watchman Jean Michael Cardell. Their quest is further complicated by the escalating paranoia within Sweden’s royal family, who fear an imminent bloody revolution. Rumor has it that a letter listing the names of revolutionary conspirators is in the possession of Anna Stina Knapp, a close friend of Cardell’s. Now, Anna has vanished, and Cardell is determined to find her before the secret police do.

As Winge and Cardell strive for justice and survival, they find themselves ensnared between formidable foes—those who will stop at nothing to preserve the current order, and those who will settle for nothing less than its complete annihilation.

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