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Midvinterblod by Mons Kallentoft
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Aug 27, 2012

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“Midwinter Blood” by Mons Kallentoft, published by Emily Bestler Books.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is another mystery/thriller coming out of Sweden. “Midwinter Blood” has been a bestseller and sold over 300,000 copies in Sweden alone.

Malin Fors is a crime investigator and is balancing her career with her home life. She is divorced and has a teenage daughter.

Malin is called out on a cold and wintery morning to the scene of a gruesome crime. A young man, who has been bullied and looked down upon, is found hanging from a tree, naked and beaten. The police have little to go on but with dogged determination the mystery starts to unravel slowly. There are several suspects but the most likely ones are a family that has isolated itself and has been known for a long list of trouble with the law.

Malin finds the going difficult as lately everything that they have done has just been this side of legal. The problem becomes more difficult when the three adult men of the family are controlled by a domineering mother. The closer Malin gets to solving the crime the more complicated it becomes due to new information concerning the family.

A good read especially for those who have enjoyed the mysteries that have come out of Sweden over the past year. These Swedish writers though do little for the tourism business for Sweden as they paint a picture of an extremely cold, snow filled country.
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