The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas, #3)
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The Inner Circle (Anders Knutas #3)

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The Inner Circle opens with an international group of young archeology students sweating on a dig on the island of Gotland, uncovering a Viking fortification dating back over a millennium. They are a fun-loving lot, partying together every night, but the good vibe turns to horror when one of them, twenty-one-year-old Martina Flochten, disappears. Her body is found a shor

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nicole
My review in one word: generic.

My review in probably too many words:

I will first admit that I was a bit hesitant about this book at first. A female Swedish journalist writing mystery novels featuring a journalist reminded me a bit too much of Liza Marklund, of whom I'm not a big fan. And then there is the setting for her series of novels: Gotland, a Swedish summer destination island with a year-round population of about 60,000. A series with multiple serial murderers in such a setting requires a...more
Vanessa Wolf
I wish I could give this two and a half stars instead of just two, but 'Inner Circle' just falls apart. The most important scenes are still taking place off the page, which would be fine, but suddenly Emma and Johan are back together (sort of, she divorced Olle, even though in the last book she told Johan to have a nice life) while I had hoped it was the last I'd see of Emma. Nope. I wanted to read a mystery, but what Jungstedt served was something more akin to J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts.
The book e...more
Jim Nolt
It was summer on Gotland, across the Baltic from Stockholm. Archeology students uncovering valuable relics from the Viking age in a dig near Visby. Tourists are beginning to arrive for summer activities, and Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas is preparing for some time alone with his wife and children. But then he receives a gruesome report of a decapitated pony, followed by the even more gruesome murder of one of the students on the archeological dig. Knutas' family would vacation without h...more
Laura
This is the first book I have read by this author but I loved how she spun this tale there was enough mystery and guessing who did it to make me continue reading this book through the end and the in my opinion was great. The story set in an archeological site perked my interest and just a find pushed me onward. Don't know if I will read another of this authors books with many others on my "to read list" sitting on my tables and many more available at the library of which I am a big fan of librar...more
Helen
Think this was better than the previous two (so three and a half stars, really). This story takes place in the summer and with an archaeological dig as part of the background. Good at capturing the atmosphere of the Gotland at this time of year, and with lots of background information about the history and description of the island lightly imparted. The murders which take place are gruesome (and the childbirth which takes place in this book is also rather graphically described). It could be read...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The setting of this novel is a small island off the coast of Sweden called Gotland. On the island, a team of archeologists and students are working on the foundations of a Viking settlement from 1000 years ago. They are an intense group, very excited about the excavation

The first weird occurrence is when 2 little girls discover a pony that has been decapitated.

Next, one of the students at the archeologist site goes missing. A short time later her body is found, displayed in a manner that sugges...more
Sharonm
This is the third of the Anders Knutas mysteries set on the island of Gotland, in Sweden. I think it could be read as a stand-alone, but then the reader would miss out on the developing relationships between the characters and that relationship does account for some of the suspense. This mystery mixes Viking rituals with archaeology and modern real estate development. As always, Jungstedt does a fantastic job of making the reader feel as though she is on Gotland, in the scene. Characterization a...more
Livia
Unknown/The Inner Circle is the third instalment in Mari Jungstedt's series about Anders Knutas, the Gotland detective. As with the previous two, it sets up an interesting mystery for Knutas to solve, aided and/or hindered by Stockholm journalist Johan Berg. However, although it starts well enough, this book not only stretches the bounds of credibility, but is also has a disappointingly unsatisfying ending. The premise of the story, like the previous two in the series, is intriguing, beginning w...more
Karen
I got confused which is nothing, absolutely nothing, new. But one night, for some reason, I plucked THE INNER CIRCLE by Mari Jungstedt from the stacks, and started reading. Then I got quite convinced I'd already read the book. So I went to check and found UNSEEN, which I then re-read, ending up very struck by the similarities between the two plots. Which got me wondering if there were similarities in all of them, and as I had a number of the books to hand, I thought I'd read them in order and se...more
N.P. Statham
Review via Crime Beat by N. P. Statham.

The third book in the Anders Knutas series is by far the best one. Now that we're familiar with the characters, the pace is faster, their personal problems doubled in magnitude. And what's more important, the central plot is both darker and more elaborate.

Set once again in my adopted homeland Gotland, The Inner Circle starts with the ritualistic killing of an archaeology student and the theft of antiquity pieces. At first both seem no more than unrelated co...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I love this series, the plots are intriguing and always keep me hooked. This is yet another author who tells a great story and without the need to over-sensationalize and go nuts to wrap up her stories. This is the Inspector Knutas series, a down to earth policeman who is investigating the case of a missing archaeology student who disappears on her way back to her hostel in Gotland (Sweden. Just before this, someone killed and removed the head of a pony on a farm and Knutas is also working on th...more
Ape
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Ingrid Verschelling
De goden verzoeken is het derde verhaal wat zich op het Zweedse eiland Gotland afspeelt met hoofdcommissaris Anders Knutas en tv-journalist Johan Berg in de hoofdrollen. Een pony wordt door twee meisjes gevonden met het hoofd eraf gesneden. Het hoofd is nergens te vinden. Wel blijkt, dat er bloed was afgetapt. Later wordt er een meisje uit Nederland vermist, een archeologiestudente, Martina Flochten. Ze werkt mee aan de opgraving van een haven uit de Vikingtijd. Ze wordt een paar dagen later gev...more
Ingrid Verschelling
De goden verzoeken is het derde verhaal wat zich op het Zweedse eiland Gotland afspeelt met hoofdcommissaris Anders Knutas en tv-journalist Johan Berg in de hoofdrollen. Een pony wordt door twee meisjes gevonden met het hoofd eraf gesneden. Het hoofd is nergens te vinden. Wel blijkt, dat er bloed was afgetapt. Later wordt er een meisje uit Nederland vermist, een archeologiestudente, Martina Flochten. Ze werkt mee aan de opgraving van een haven uit de Vikingtijd. Ze wordt een paar dagen later gev...more
harryknuckles
'Unknown' is Mari Jungstedt's third novel featuring Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas, set on the Swedish island of Gotland.
The story gets under way when a horse is found decapitated in a field, its head having been taken away. Whilst the police are investigating, a young female student working on a Viking artifact archaeological dig is found dead, hanging from a tree with her stomach slit open. Neither the police inquiries, nor the investigations of the returning journalist, Johan, seem to...more
Marlene Santos
I have loved all the crime books I have read of this author.
I'm Reading her books in spanish since there are no portuguese translations yet, which is a pity.
The main characters are almost real people and the crimes always have a lot of twists and turns before being solved, which makes us want to go on Reading til it ends...
The love story between Emma and Johan, makes love story readers very happy.
I highly recommend this autor's books.
L.
This is a mystery set on the island of Gotland, off the east coast of Sweden. Since I know very little about Sweden it was a good introduction to the area, and the Swedish mindset. As mysteries go, it's not up to the best standard, but the characters are interesting, if a little blah, and the story itself is very Nordic. I think the translator could have done a better job--there were points where the language just seemed a little too literal, too rushed.

The gist of the plot is the decapitation o...more
Larry
The third book in the Inspector Anders Knutas series, "The Inner Circle" by Mari Jungstedt is a perfect example of Nordic noir at its finest. I had not read the first two Knutas novels, but I still didn't have any problems jumping in mid-stream. The prose of the book flows nicely and this may be a credit to the translator as much as anything. The mystery surrounds a couple of brutal murders of archeologists on a dig and some very strange mutilations of horses on the Swedish island Gotland. I lik...more
Bartek
Na razie ostatnia wydana w Polsce powieść Jungstedt. Tym razem mamy do czynienia z tajemniczą zbrodnią, jak się szybko okazuje - rytualną.
Nie sposób odmówić autorce umiejętności narracji. Jest to książka, którą czyta się z wypiekami na twarzy. Obok wątku kryminalnego, w którym Przypadek znów ma ważną rolę (ale tym razem jest to przypadek wynikający z działań bohaterów), Jungstedt przekonująco przedstawia wątki obyczajowe. Nie zajmuje się mrocznymi powiązaniami, zgnilizną moralną policji, co z j...more
Wyma
Although this book has truly horror-filled murders, creepy, damaged perps, and dark, dangerous, haunting forests, the emphasis is on the daily life of police on the isle of Gotland. Their routine pursuits, in particular searching for information in the cause of justice, become most interesting when accompanied by Inspector Knutas' musings on the behavior of his colleagues. Each character is so carefully drawn that the reader cares about their success, failure and possible murder. Archeology and...more
Guy
Another really tidy mystery from Mari Jungstedt, featuring her very normal, pleasant police detective Anders Knutas and the staff of the Visby criminal police. I very much suspect that there is far more violent crime in Jungstedt's novels than there is in the real Visby or Gotland as a whole! These are workmanlike mysteries, and even if the "whodunit" aspect is a little weak sometimes (as in this one), there is a tidiness to the plot that is pleasing. Best of all is the setting: makes you want t...more
Pamela
This third mystery is the richest so far. Details about the history of the island are revealed as archaeology students search for artifacts from the Viking Age. Murders occur, and the private and public lives of Inspector Knutas and a reporter, who is a central character in the first two novels, continue to unfold. I am certain that the stories make the most sense if they are read in order, and really do not seem to be meant to stand alone. This author shows promise for being a creator of surpri...more
Sam
2.5 stars. Slightly better than the first two books.
Annie
I rarely read mysteries, but this one intrigued me when I read the blurb while processing it at the library. Lots of characters, murders, takes place on the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. Some history, archeology, and geography in the background of the story.

I ended up liking this well enough -- plenty of suspense, heightened by the stylistic strategy of moving back and forth between characters and subplots. Tied up nicely at the end.
Gisela
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4sowas
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Another awesome Swedish mystery writer. This story is captivating and keeps you on your toes. I am looking forward to reading her previous stories now.
Lisa
I happened to pick this up in an English bookstore in Stockholm - and I'm glad I did! Like a cross between Mankell and SJ Bolton. Ancient Nordic ritual, murder, love - great! This book kept my attention while movers packed our apartment around me, and that speaks volumes!

After having spent the last week of May in Stockholm, I did find it a little hard to believe that it was such a hot summer in Gotland!
Stacy Cook
Excellant third book by Jungstedt. This book was a story about ritualistic serial killings and archival thefts, though that doesnt become apparent until later in the book. there was multiple murders and twists and turns as well as the ongoing side stories of Detective Knutas and Johan a journalist from previous books. This, I believe was the best of the three books I have read by this author.
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Mari Jungstedt is a Swedish journalist and popular crime fiction author.

Jungstedt worked as a reporter on Swedish national public radio and television, and was an occasional presenter on TV4's daily talk show Förkväll.

Her first three novels are set on the island of Gotland and feature Detective Superintendent Anders Knutas and the journalist Johan Berg. Two of her novels were filmed for Swedish TV...more
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