Kerstin Ekman wrote a string of successful detective novels (among others De tre små mästarna and Dödsklockan) but later went on to psychological and social themes. Among her later works is Mörker och blåbärsris (1972) (set in northern Sweden) and Händelser vid vatten (1993), in which she returned to the form of the detective novel.
Ekman was elected member of the Swedish Academy in 1978, but left the Academy in 1989, together with Lars Gyllensten and Werner Aspenström, due to the debate following death threats posed to Salman Rushdie. According to the rules of the Academy, however, she will remain a passive member for the entirety of her life.
In 1998 she was awarded the Litteris et Artibus medal.
- See the article on Swedish Wikipedia for a complete bibliography.
- Blackwater (Händelser vid vatten, 1993), translated by Joan Tate, 1996
- Under the Snow (De tre små mästarna, 1961), translated by Joan Tate, 1997
- The Forest of Hours (Rövarna i Skuleskogen, 1988), translated 1998
- Grand final i skojarbranschen (2011)
The Women and the Town (Kvinnorna och staden) Tetralogy
- Witches' Rings (Häxringarna, 1974), translated by Linda Schenck, 1997
- The Spring (Springkällan, 1976), translated by Linda Schenck, 1999
- Angel House (Änglahuset, 1979), translated by Sarah G. Death, 2002
- A City of Light (En stad av ljus, 1983), translated by Linda Schenck, 2003
The Wolfskin (Vargskinnet) Trilogy
- God's Mercy (Guds Barmhärtighet, 1999)
- The Last String (Sista rompan, 2002)
- Lottery Scratchcards (Skraplotter, 2003)
- Kerstin Ekman: Be careful of writers. Interview with Kerstin Ekman recorded during the Louisiana Literature festival, 2012. Video by Louisiana Channel.