SECOND BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series
In this second mystery featuring Icelandic lawyer Thora, an architect is murdered and Thora is asked to investigate. Although she is attempting to uncover paranormal activity at an old farmhouse, now Thora must investigate the murder instead. While exploring the farmhouse for possible clues, Thora becomes convinced that the farmhouse is indeed haunted. Thora's love interest, Matthew, returns to help solve the murder. After a second murder, they must now try to solve the two murders and determine a possible connection. Could it be the heirs of the farmhouse, someone at the resort where Thora is staying or were the murders politically motivated? It seems everywhere they turn there is a possible suspect. Fast paced and with a good dose of Icelandic history, this is a fun and thrilling read.
The second in a series by the inestimable Lady of Nordic Noir, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. A low key, suspense mystery, with a most lovable main character and her everyday family foibles. For the true mystery fan. (Icelandic pronunciation of her last name: sirisdottir)
Icelandic authors seem to share the dark sensibilities of the more popular Scandinavian mystery authors. Gloom and misery and tortured family relationships abound; as do undeveloped characters and straying plotlines.
Poorly plotted, needs copy editor!
When one of her clients asks her to investigate ghosts at his resort hotel lawyer Thora Gudmunsdottir is skeptical but sends her young daughter and soon-to-be a father 16-year-old son to their father and heads out to rural Iceland. Soon a couple of bodies have turned up and also a mystery from the past. Lots of stuff to investigate, people to question, all the while Thora must take time to get enough to eat, deal with crises at home (with only spotty cell phone reception), deal with language barriers and occasionally snuggle with her German boyfriend from Last Rituals. Not a brain busting mystery but fun and a bit different from the usual.
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