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The Indian Bride (Inspector Konrad Sejer #5)

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When perpetual bachelor Gunder Jomann goes to India for two weeks and comes home married, the town of Elvestad is stunned. On the day the Indian bride is supposed to arrive, the battered body of a woman is found in a meadow on the outskirts of town. None of the "good people of Elvestad" can believe that anyone among them would be capable of such a brutal murder. But in his ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published July 2nd 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2000)
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Karen C.
Dec 05, 2008 Karen C. rated it really liked it
When I had finished reading the last page, I felt like I had been dumped out of a moving vehicle onto a quiet countryside road in the middle of nowhere. For an instant I thought, "Is there a Part II?" This book is a quick, fun read and you become addicted to the situation and the characters early in the book; the addiction becomes increasingly stronger as you continue to read on. But there are no easy answers to who is the guilty culprit. Someone confesses, but is he a victim of mind control? In ...more
Rachel Hall
May 28, 2017 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This fifth entry in the series featuring Inspector Konrad Sejer and Jacob Skarre and is a slightly more traditional police procedural in contrast to some of the earlier offerings from Karin Fossum. However, in her true style she takes readers on a tumultuous journey to the heart of the small rural town of Elvestad, home to just over two-thousand residents. Calling Out For You appears on outset to bear all the hallmarks of an uplifting love story but is quickly followed by an act of barb
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Elina
Jul 02, 2016 Elina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πολύ καλό!!! Θα ήθελα πιο δυνατό φινάλε...
Nancy
Oct 04, 2008 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This Norwegian mystery was a strange little book. It held my interest, but I wasn't so thrilled with the characters. Except for Poona (the Indian bride), the female characters were not very bright or sane or likeable (Marie was okay I guess but she was in a coma for most of the book). The police officers were too good to be true. And the main character, Gunder was the world's sweetest most devoted man living a fantasy until August 20th - when his charmed life completely turned upside down. I kep ...more
Sophie
Jul 07, 2012 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read, with many interesting characters, a good flow, moments of mystery and moments of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed picking the book up every night, hoping to find out more and to try and guess who the murderer was. However, the ending disappointed me.

I usually judge a book by the ending. If it is a good ending, I will say the whole book was good even if it started out less well. In this case, the book was great, but the mediocre ending ruined it for me. The problem was,
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Bill Garrison
Jul 09, 2012 Bill Garrison rated it really liked it
I'm a big fan of Karen Fossum and have enjoyed going through her books, reading one about every three months as I catch up on all that she has written. THE INDIAN BRIDE is the fourth book in the Konrad Sejer series, I believe. It is a book where you will definitely enjoy the journey, but the destination might leave a sour taste in your mouth.

It takes some getting used to, but I've grown to love the structure of Fossum's novels in which Sejer and his partner Jacob Skarre don't appear until chapt
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Paradoxe
Jan 26, 2017 Paradoxe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS

Υπάρχει ένας τρόπος σίγουρος για να διαβαστεί λάθος αυτό το μυθιστόρημα κι εκ των πραγμάτων να απορριφθεί: να διαβαστεί σαν αστυνομικό. Όπα μεγάλε και τότε ως τι θα διαβαστεί; Ως πεζογραφία μήπως; Και αυτός ο τρόπος είναι λανθασμένος. Το μυθιστόρημα αυτό μεταβάλλεται καθ’ όλη την εξέλιξη του από την πεζογραφία στην αστυνομική λογοτεχνία. Επειδή ωστόσο γράφτηκε από λογοτέχνη που ανήκει στην αστυνομική λογοτεχνία και επειδή στην Ελλάδα οτιδήποτε εκδίδεται πλέον απ’ τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο
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L
Jun 16, 2012 L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Fossum takes quite a different approach to the murder mystery genre than we usually see, built in a different sensibility. Yes, there is a murder, a brutal murder. There is an investigation. But the focus here is more on the quirks of fate that led the victim to be where she was, when she was, and on the husband left behind. The tale is also about the people in this small Norwegian town/village, what they've seen, what they imagine, and why they don't talk; the level of secrecy is astonishing. I ...more
Carol
Aug 20, 2014 Carol rated it liked it
When will I learn not to rent audios for Nordic crime fiction? I hope that I’m not ethnocentric, but I couldn’t keep the foreign sounding names for these Norwegian characters (and towns) straight in my head. I became frustrated, which diminished my enjoyment of this story. I’ve no doubt that it is a better novel that my rating indicates.
Debbie Sweeney
Feb 23, 2017 Debbie Sweeney rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This is my first book by this author and I loved it. I like a lot of Scandinavian mysteries/psychological thrillers and this is no exception. There is a lot of ambiguity, almost as though there is more than one truth. I look forward to my next one by this author!
Vesela
Apr 28, 2017 Vesela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, nordic-noir, 2017
Тази авторка определено ми се утвърждава като любима!
Книгата е много добре написана, в типичната скандинавска атмосфера. Чете се леко и приятно. Тук не е наблегнато на социалния елемент, както в другите подобни книги, а по-скоро на ролята на случайността в живота.
Краят е доста отворен, кара те да мислиш и да разсъждавваш относно убиеца, да не кажа, че направо се учудих как свърши и дали не липсват страници накрая ...
Този път, слава Богу, нямаше изцепки и коректорски бисИри
Препоръчвам книгата!
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Lobstergirl
Aug 24, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it liked it
I have to admit a tiny tear escaped my eye on the last page of The Indian Bride. A 50-something Norwegian tractor salesman, goodnatured and a bit of a simpleton, goes to India to procure himself a wife. She flies to Norway but he can't meet her at the airport due to unforeseen circumstances, whereupon she is violently killed in a field. Near the end of the book her Indian brother comes to Norway to claim her body, and brings with him a letter she has written him explaining why she married this m ...more
Kortessa
Aug 23, 2016 Kortessa rated it liked it
This Fossum's book doesn't contain the suspence that the scandinavian crime literature has used used us to. It doesn't the tension of "who did it". On the other hand though, it has some positive characteristics. One of them is the beautiful description of the landscape. Especially of the place where the crime was commited.Another worth mentioning trait of the book is the description of the psychology of the people who happen to live in close society, where the secrets ( and even the personal dai ...more
Diane
Jun 23, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing
After having read When the Devil Holds the Candle, I knew I was in for something unusual when I picked up another of Karin Fossun's Inspector Sejer's books. This one, The Indian Bride, as did the earlier book, features action that takes place almost outside of Inspector's Sejer's investigation. Fossum succeeds in developing parallel narratives of Sejer and the character Gunder, who goes in search of a wife in India. Throughout the book, as in the earlier book, the reader always knows more than I ...more
Carol
Apr 09, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
This was a really wonderfully different type of book to read. It was more a character study of the people of a town where a young Indian woman is brutally murdered for no apparent reason, and the reactiion of the people who are marginally or directly involved with contact with her and the man who married her and brought her to this place. I found myself caught up in the distinct loneliness of these individuals and their seeming inability to empathize or relate to each other as most would expect ...more
Merreh65
Feb 12, 2010 Merreh65 rated it really liked it
Inspired by an article in the "Wall St. Journal" about the popularity of Scandinavian detective novel writers in hard times, I checked out samplings from half a dozen authors. This story was impossible to put down! Starkly drawn, but very believable, characters made this story of one lonely, middle aged man's search for love moving and tragic. On the third to last page doubt is subtly thrown on the crime's resolution.
Ian Wood
Dec 09, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Kathy
May 16, 2017 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sad book after starting out as hope filled. A Norwegian man reaches a point in his life when he feels it would be right to find a wife, but not a Norwegian woman as he had never understood them. The portrait of his character and daily life is so moving: he is very private with co-workers and neighbors but has always had a very close relationship with his sister Maria. I wish the story could have ended with his success in making travel arrangements and finding a woman in India to ...more
Victoria
Jan 21, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
I'll only say that I had a difficult time putting it down. My husband's review sums it up well:

"There was a touch of guilt in everyone, which put them in a bad light, sometimes quite undeservedly. The ruthlessness of it, digging into other people's lives, was the part of the job he disliked most."

Karin Fossum's Nordic noir hero Inspector Sejer is back to delve into the lives of the 2,000 souls in Elvestad, a Norwegian village so interested in protecting one another that the truth of a brutal cri
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Rob Kitchin
Apr 26, 2015 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst ostensibly a police procedural, Calling Out For You has a somewhat different approach to most books in the sub-genre, focusing as much on the local community and how it reacts to a heinous crime in its midst as it does on the investigation. The result is a narrative strongly focused on exploring various characters and their interactions and the themes of uncertainty, doubt, suspicion and loyalty. Fossum nicely plays the heartstrings with respect to the doomed relationship between Gunder a ...more
Dominiek Leenknecht
Zeer goed boek. Een vrijgezelle landbouwer op leeftijd uit een piepklein dorpje met nauwelijks een paar duizend inwoners, trekt naar India en leert er de vrouw van zijn leven kennen. Hij stelt alles in het werk om zijn nieuwe vrouw naar Noorwegen te krijgen, maar door een speling van het lot kan hij haar niet zelf ophalen in de luchthaven. Ze komt nooit aan.

Een dag later wordt haar lijk, heel zwaar gehavend, teruggevonden op amper een paar kilometer van dit dorpje.

De Indiase bruid is in de eerst
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Dana
Feb 06, 2012 Dana rated it really liked it
I read this for book club and thought it was a great mystery and well written. I also liked the characters and enjoyed the pace of the story. It really felt like a PBS Masterpiece Mystery (hint hint PBS)of which I am a huge fan so I think I am going to read another inspector Sejer book soon!
Sara Dovre Wudali
Dec 08, 2013 Sara Dovre Wudali rated it it was amazing
More, more! Must immediately seek out her other books. I loved the Norwegian, small-town sensibility. And I loved that she demands you be a close reader. Without a close read, I think you will not enjoy the ending. It is not just a detective novel, but a character study. Lovely.
Heidi Holtan
Leste den på ungdomskolen. Husket den godt; den gjorde inntrykk. Har repeterte den nå som lydbok lånt på biblioteket. Favoritt!
Monika
Mar 20, 2017 Monika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moja-kniznica
bolo to skvelé...štýl Karin Fossum mi veľmi sedí a veľmi ma to bavilo, dej nemá rýchly spád, je to celé také pokojné, psychologické... nuž idem brúsiť po bazároch a hľadať ďalšie knihy :)
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Είναι το πρώτο μυθιστόρημα της Karin Fossum που μεταφράζεται στα ελληνικά από το Μεταίχμιο. Παρόλα αυτά πρόκειται για μια βετεράνο του αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος, καθώς έχει εξέχουσα θέση στο νορβηγικό αστυνομικό για πάνω από μια δεκαπενταετία.

Το βιβλίο διαφημίστηκε ως “το καλύτερο νορβηγικό αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα όλων των εποχών” από το Dagbladet. Ο χαρακτηρισμός είναι μάλλον υπερβολικός. Αποδίδει όμως τιμή σε μια σχολή αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας όπου η αστυνομική πλοκή υποχωρεί έναντι της κατάδυσ
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Arnie
Sep 28, 2016 Arnie rated it it was amazing
I read this one when it first came out. It has stuck with me all this time as a favorite. Don't let the title fool you. A great story.
Lynn Spencer
Sep 08, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I read this book for the 2012 TBR Challenge, and I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.

I read across a wide variety of genres, so choosing a non-romance book for this month’s TBR Challenge proved rather tricky. In the end, I went with a mystery, because I really wanted to get back into Karin Fossum’s Inspector Sejer series. Set in rural Norway, this series follows Inspector Sejer on his investigations and stands apart from many other mystery series in that it focuses much more on the psychology and
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Pam
Mar 29, 2008 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, norway
04/02/08
TITLE/AUTHOR: THE INDIAN BRIDE by Karin Fossum
RATING: 5/A
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery/ 2001 Norway & 2007 English translation/297 pgs
SERIES/STAND ALONE: #5 in Inspector Konrad Sejer series
TIME/PLACE: 1990's/Norway
CHARACTERS: Inspector Konrad Sejer
FIRST LINES: The silence is shattered by the barking of a dog.


COMMENTS: Library book. Loved it! The set-up is about the 1st 1/3 of the book that really is emotionally engaging. We meet Gunder Jorman a 50 yr old bachelor living in a smal
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Evanston Public  Library
I am having great fun, if that's the appropriate word to use when referring to gruesome murder mysteries, discovering the authors of the far northern regions. Maybe it's the cold, dark winters, but Scandinavia seems to produce writers who are expert devisers of tightly written, complex, psychologically rich crime novels. My latest discovery is Karin Fossum from Norway. In this offering, Gunder Jomann a shy, sweet bachelor who some think of as slow, acts on an impulse, travels to India and finds ...more
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Karin Fossum (née Mathisen) is a Norwegian author of crime fiction,often known there as the "Norwegian queen of crime". She lives in Oslo. Fossum was initially a poet, with her first collection published in 1974 when she was just 20. It won the Tarjei Vesaas' Debutant Prize. She is the author of the internationally successful Inspector Konrad Sejer series of crime novels, which have been translate ...more
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Inspector Konrad Sejer (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Don't Look Back (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #2)
  • He Who Fears the Wolf (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #3)
  • When the Devil Holds the Candle (Inspector Konrad Sejer, #4)
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