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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

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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Dec 26, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
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
Aug 03, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Scandinavian crime novels
I like my 2nd hand book sales because you get to buy missing books in your collection, better editions of books you already have or get to know new writers for a wee amount of money.
And so this Scandinavian thriller came into my hands, a third book in a series which does not matter as the writer is skilled enough to round of the various characters descriptions. The book in itself is a straight forward thriller, reading the cover one might expected a more x files-esque story but no such luck.
Jun 13, 2016 Anaid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Bueno honestamente amo este genero de libros pero no me sentí especialmente conectada con la narración de la autora (probablemente debido a la traducción). No puedo creer que un libro proveniente de la descrita "una de las autoras más reconocidas de la novela negra" haya dedicado más de 130 páginas donde lo único terrible que paso fuera la muerte de un pony ( no es spoiler, pasa en la página 20 ). Básicamente sus mismos personajes hablan de lo ridículo que es dedicar recursos a la investigación ...more
Vanessa Wolf
Mar 09, 2013 Vanessa Wolf rated it it was ok
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
Aug 28, 2015 Geno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pues bien, en la linea de los anteriores aunque voy a tener que leer el principio del siguiente que me han dajao con una intriga ¡leñe!
June Ahern
Sep 02, 2015 June Ahern rated it it was ok
My first read of author Mari Jungstedt was her detective series "The Inner Circle" and not sure if I'll read another. Started out very interesting but then began to drag out with becoming overly involved with the personal lives of the police detective working the case and the journalist. The ending was okay, but nothing I didn't think of. That's all she wrote....

It's her third book of Inspector Anders Knutas and Johan Berg, the television journalist, on Gotland, an island province of Sweden. A t
Tina Siegel
Mar 08, 2015 Tina Siegel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read! Another Scandanavian crime writer to love! Jungstedt delves into the darkest aspects of Nordic mythology, and human psychology, and brings back a compelling mystery.

The idyllic island of Gotland is rocked by a series of gruesome murders in the midst of a gorgeous summer and an annual archeological dig. Students, teachers, tourists - the island is full, making law enforcement a challenge.

Meanwhile, a local journalist unearths a series of thefts from Gotland's museum. They go bac
Jim Nolt
Jan 09, 2014 Jim Nolt rated it really liked it
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
Feb 20, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
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
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
Neustále premýšľam, prečo ja vlastne tieto knihy kupujem a čítam, keď je to taká bezbrehá nuda a šeď. Asi sa vo mne vždy ozve zberateľ (je to séria!) a vždy akosi podľahnem tej telenovele v popredí - ako to dopadne s Emmou a Johanom? Po nepríjemne hysterickej "dvojke" sa to v ich ... ehm... vzťahu akosi upokojilo, ale to by nebola Jungstedt, aby im na konci niečo nevyviedla. Detektívka je tu vždy akosi v druhom pláne a tentoraz je napriek sľubnej zápletke tak odfláknutá, že ani nestojí za slovo. ...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
Dec 03, 2010 Sharonm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 09, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, scandinavian
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
Mar 25, 2012 N.P. Statham rated it really liked it
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
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jul 15, 2012 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2012 Ape rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavia, crime
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Ingrid Verschelling
Apr 11, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, scandie, thriller
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
Apr 11, 2013 Ingrid Verschelling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, scandie, thriller
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
Jul 12, 2011 harryknuckles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Marlene Santos
Jul 04, 2014 Marlene Santos rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 20, 2016 Jlnpeacock rated it really liked it
The portrayal of the Swedish landscape and an introduction, for me, to their culture made this book highly enjoyable. It was interesting to learn about the archeological digs occurring on Gottland and to see the inner weaving of old religions with the current culture. The translator did an excellent job with this which allowed for a smooth reading of the material. The mystery aspect was handled well.
El Segoviano
Es la creadora del personaje Anders Knutas, comisario en una isla sueca.
Es una de las mas interesantes autoras de novela negra sueca en la actualidad.
El libro está bien escrito y mantiene su interés desde la primera linea.
Merece la pena, es entretenido y no defrauda en absoluto.
Está dedicado a Conchi en la Feria del Libro de Madrid de 2.012.
Aug 11, 2012 Cat. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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
Aug 11, 2016 MADI S rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encanta la novela policíaca. Sin duda uno de mis géneros favoritos, pero tengo que decir que este libro me ha decepcionado bastante. Aunque es verdad que me lo rápido, la historia en sí no me dio más. No conseguí conectar con ningún personaje y el final para mi fue demasiado precipitado.
More and more crime thrillers are now in serial form, self contained but as in this case some things hanging in the air for the next book. I did not like the way this one flowed, very bitty, hopping about between chapters and characters. I now have to find no 4 to see what happened to one of the victims.
Ann Tonks
The version I read was called "The Dead of Summer" but from the description, it appears to be the same book. Ms Jungstedt is described on the front cover as "one of Scandinavia's best crime writers" but I'm not convinced. A solid read without being a thrillling one.
Arkeologer på Gotland! Annars och var denna hittills sämst i serien. Känns ihophafsad, kopplar inte till de tidigare böckerna ordentligt och lyfter inte sitt ämne - sekter och asatro - ordentligt eller engagerat.. Dock bra på att integrera fakta.
Jul 17, 2012 Larry rated it really liked it
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
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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
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