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Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
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Aug 08, 2012

really liked it
Read in July, 2012

Midwinter Blood takes place during a bitterly cold and merciless winter in Linkoping, Sweden. Great for getting out of this heat spell in the U.S.

Detective Malin Fors is called to a murder scene outside of Linkoping. Hanging from a tree is an obese man who has been tortured and murdered. She and her partner Zeke Martinsson find out that the victim, Bengt Andersson was a loner, with a cruel and unloved family history. Because of his debilitations, he also was a target for teenage bullies.
Initial investigations suggest that the murder could be connected to the ancient practice of a ‘midwinter sacrifice’, making offerings to the gods in return for happiness. A second murder replaces this theory.
Very much in the forefront of the story, is Detective Malin Fors. She works too hard and frets over her 13-year-old daughter. She trusts her detective skills much more than her personal life skills, as do most single parents.
The author uses the present tense for narrating, not to my taste. I also did not like the uneven shifting of the narrative’s perspective and was put off by the corpse’s soliloquies. Sometimes the action gets going, only to be suspended by the interior prattles of characters' thoughts.
In spite of the annoyances, this is a wonderful psychological thriller worth the read.


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