An alluring blend of English and Scandi wit and whimsy, Alexander McCall Smith’s Detective Varg series is an addictive joy. The Man with the Silver Saab, the third in the sequence, sees Ulf, of Malmo’s Department of Sensitive Crimes, fall for a colleague as he tries to solve a case involving a respected art historian who’s been implicated in fraudulent misidentification. As always, Ulf’s hearing-impaired dog, Martin, is prominent. In this instance, the novel kicks off with an unfortunate incident involving Martin and an aggressive squirrel that prompts Ulf to muse on the fact that “a big thing happens while small things are going on around it”. Ulf’s internal dialogues remain at the fore, too, and really they’re at this heart of this series, along with the first-rate, funny dialogue, and a twisting, labyrinthine plot that sees Ulf and Blomquist almost lose themselves in a maze of art world intrigue.