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Not Your Average Crime Novel – ‘Unwanted’

'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' 'In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train.' Suspicion immediately falls upon the husband who has previously been violent towards his estranged wife in the past, but is he really the killer?

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Strange Shores – Arnaldur Indridason Book Review

Strange shores is not the usual Detective Erlendur story, and he unexpectedly solves an old cold case whilst processing some of his own demons. A great read and fabulous atmosphere conveyed in this final novel in the series

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Book Review – Karin Fossum “Broken”

As most bloggers have a passion to write,  I have picked the following novel to review, from one of Norway's most popular authors, Karin Fossum, as it is a story that gives a window into an author's life and their thinking processes. Reading this book, after having visited the town in which it was set,… Continue reading Book Review – Karin Fossum “Broken”

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Book Review – Henning Mankell THE FIFTH WOMAN

" All this violence" she said. "Where does it come from?" "There aren't many people who are truly evil," Wallander replied. "At least they're few and far between. On the other hand, there are evil circumstances, which trigger all this violence. It's those circumstances that we have to tackle." "Won't it just get worse and worse?" "Maybe," Wallander said hesitantly. " If that happens then it's because the circumstances are changing. Not because there are more evil people." Published in 2009, and ably translated by Steven T. Murray, this is part of the Kurt Wallander series. Kurt is an iconic figure in Swedish crime literature and TV. Tough, lonely, socially awkward, intuitive, and gritty are all words that could be used to describe this character, but he never fails to identify the killer.