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Djevelens giftering

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Privatetterforskeren Max Fjellanger vender tilbake til Norge etter et halvt liv i USA for å gå i en venns begravelse. Det blir snart åpenbart at vennens død henger sammen med en forsvinningssak som for nesten tretti år siden drev Max fra Norge og ødela vennens liv. Sammen med den unge bibliotekaren Tirill Vesterli fra Bø suges Max inn i en sak der de ikke kan stole på noen ...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Juritzen Forlag
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Crime by the Book
Read my full review here: http://crimebythebook.com/blog/2017/8...

A fantastic Nordic Noir read that blends a modern investigation with ancient folklore. A brooding atmosphere, quirky and engaging characters, ghosts and legends - this book has it all!
Kirsty ❤️
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, skandi
I really enjoyed this skandi novel. Norwegian expat now living in Florida Max has a cosy PI business where he is so successful he pretty much just does the admin. Tirill is a librarian that reads a lot of crime books and is desperate for her own detective adventure. Together they start to look into the suspicious death of Max's former colleague and several disappearances over the last 30 years. 

There are a lot of twists and turns in here and a few red herrings. You never quite know who is going
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Sheila
3 stars--I liked the book. (Warning for some mild sexual violence.)

This is a Scandinavian mystery novel that not only includes a modern crime, but an ancient cult and its practices as well. This combination of traditional folk practices and modern who-dun-it is right up my alley, and I enjoyed the plot quite a bit.

I probably would have given this 4 stars, but the translation seemed a bit dry to me. (Or maybe the original writing? It's hard to tell.)

Still, if you like Scandinavian crime--or book
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Bandit
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scandinavian crime fiction has been all the rage lately and frankly the bandwagon is much too appealing not to jump on. There's something inherently moody and brooding about the atmosphere and the writing has a very precise (not laconic per se, but certainly economic, strategically so, all you need nothing you don't) sort of quality. This is a fine example of it, a murder mystery set in Norway around an old stave church. The main protagonist is a visiting detective, who returns to Norway from US ...more
Ken Fredette
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I lived in northern Minnesota I liked this story the best of all . It was a faster paced book, everything happened much quicker, their were many characters choose from. Max Fjellanger and Tirill Vesterli were the main characters in the story with many other characters being red herrings. Each character had reasons to be caught up in the mystery of Knut Abrahamsen's supposed suicide. It took both main characters to work out the final outcome. Vidar kept it noir in that the main charac ...more
Michelle
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
When I saw this title and cover on NetGalley I knew I had to request it. It just has that creepy vibe I dig but sadly for me the cover is the best part of this novel. This was just an okay mystery. Kind of boring and definitely not suspenseful. I guess I was hoping that this was going to be a little darker and a little more atmospheric than it was. Not poorly written but I did think it was confusing in some spots but that could be due to the translation too.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing
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Tish
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. I'm enjoying the current popularity of Scandinavian literature. This one is a detective story set in Norway. The main character is a former Norwegian police officer who has been living in the US for years, but goes back to Norway for a colleague's funeral. The deceased apparently committed suicide, but Max realizes there is something off about it and begins investigating. We get some current Norwegian culture and atmosphere and some older culture as well. The mystery is sufficiently c ...more
Michelle
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
When I saw this title and cover on NetGalley I knew I had to request it. It just has that creepy vibe I dig but sadly for me the cover is the best part of this novel. This was just an okay mystery. Kind of boring and definitely not suspenseful. I guess I was hoping that this was going to be a little darker and a little more atmospheric than it was. Not poorly written but I did think it was confusing in some spots but that could be due to the translation too.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing
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Christen Moore
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


When I came across this book, I really did not have any expectations. Once I knew the book was considered Nordic Noir, I did not need more convincing to give it a try. Happily my optimism was rewarded and I discovered a great book and a new author to add to my list of favorites. The Devils Wedding Ring is a character rich twisty tale filled with myths, folklore, and long kept secrets.
The story takes place in the Telemark region of Norway. I had never heard of this region so I checked to see if
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Nicole Overmoyer
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vidar Sundstøl takes readers on a wild ride with The Devil's Wedding Ring. That's the simplest way to put it. And the best. This novel, one of the first Nordic noirs I've read - and I plan to read more after this, is a ride.

Sundstøl's novel centers on ancient, pre-Christian folklore in the Telemark region of Norway, a place I now very much want to go - despite the cultish murders described in this work of fiction. The Telemark, as the author describes it, is very rural. Tiny villages, old supers
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Beth Roberts
I received an electronic copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love mystery stories that revolve around folklore. I was excited to read this one, as I had not read any Norwegian fiction prior to this.

I must say, I was surprised at the release price for the Kindle book - $18.45 is a steep price for a book that will probably not see a lot of demand nor approach bestseller status.

I'm sorry to say, I found the plot and story merely adequate, and in places, less than pla
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Marivi Sanz
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nordic-crime
I received an eARC from the publisher (Univ. of Minessotta Press) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It had been a long time since I had read some Nordic Noir novel, and "The devil's wedding ring" made me wonder why.

On Midsummer Eve in 1985, a young folklore researcher disappears from the village of Eidsborg in the Telemark region of Norway. Exactly thirty years later, the student Cecilie Wiborg goes missing. She too had been researching the old, pagan rituals associated with the 13t
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AngryGreyCat
The Devil’s Wedding Ring is from a new to me author, Vidar Sundstol. I saw this book mentioned on a discussion of cult themed stories in the Nordic Noir genre, books like Sun Storm, The Hanging Girl, etc. Max is the sleuth here, a man who in his youth was a police officer in Norway. He left abruptly upon deciding he was not cut out for the type of police work being done and spent the rest of his life, some 30 years, in the US working as a private investigator. He returns to Norway for the funera ...more
Linda
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this author's Minnesota trilogy and likewise this stand alone set in Norway and having to do with missing persons, folklore, ghosts, suspicions and murder. The truth is what Max Fjellanger is after and with the help of a mystery loving librarian (yea!), he begins his quest for it.

The story did lag in some places but still a thrilling, engrossing read.

Enjoy!
Juliette
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, crime, mystery
I just loved it! I enjoyed the writing, the themes, the slow-moving plot...
Hannelore Cheney
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific read, I really enjoyed it. Thank you Netgalley and Minnesota University Press for the eARC.
Max Fjellanger, owner of a Detective Agency in Florida, is a native Norwegian who has not been back to Norway for 30 years. Since the death of his wife and after the suspicious death of his former friend and coworker in Norway, he decided to attend his friend's funeral, planning to spend just a few days before returning to Florida. But he has his suspicions: his friend's death was ruled a suicid
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Greg
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is not your usual Nordic Noir with an urban setting and damaged detectives pursuing crazed killers pretty much alone because the police administrators are clueless. Instead the setting is rural (Telemark) and the theme involves Nordic folklore (Pagan rituals surrounding the Summer Solstice). Max Fjellanger is only mildly damaged, having emigrated from Eidsborg, Norway to Florida 30 years earlier following a disagreement with the local sheriff about an unsolved missing person case. Max’s sid ...more
Samantha
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Combine Nordic noir, ancient folklore, and a dark, atmospheric setting and you get the must-read that is The Devil's Wedding Ring. Masterfully plotted and woven with intricacies, this novel pushes the envelope of crime fiction in a way that is truly refreshing. When I first picked it up, I was stuck in the middle of a long reading slump and this turned out to be just what I needed to get me out of it!

From the get-go, Sundstøl creates a dark atmosphere that is the perfect backdrop for a story cen
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Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I wasn't too sure about this one at first... it sounded like a creepy Fall read that dealt with some strange, cultish sort of stuff. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, it really picked up toward the end.

Thanks so much to the University of Minnesota Press for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

The story follows the death of Knut Abrahamsen, old friend and colleague of policeman turned private investigator Max Fjellanger
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Jen
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devil's Wedding Ring is a stand-alone novel that takes place in the Telemark region of Norway. From the author of the Minnesota Trilogy, Wedding Ring is Nordic Noir --combining the present and the legendary past, revealing an intricate darker side to a beautiful region.

Max Fjelllanger left Norway almost thirty years ago after an unsettling incident in his early career with the police. When he hears about the death of his former partner, Max feels compelled to return for the funeral. Knut Abr
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Faouzia
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was such a pleasant surprise! I requested it from NetGalley on a whim, i was intrigued by the title and i liked the cover and the summary promised a good story, which was exactly what i got.

A 13th century stave church in a village in Norway. A sacred ritual continued for hundred of years. Mysterieous disappearances 30 years apart happening on Mid summer Eve. A suspicious suicide. A librarian in love with crime stories. And a detecive from California with a 30 years old burden.
What can
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Belinda Witzenhausen
via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com & www.IgniteYourCreativity.net

I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Devil’s Wedding Ring from NetGalley & University of Minnesota Press in order to read and give an honest review.

I’m a huge fan of Nordic Noir and The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl is a perfect example. Dark, edgy and brilliantly plotted, this novel captures your attention and holds it through to its very satisfying conclusion.

When Knut Abrahamson, a Police Officer is found a v
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Nancy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Dark Scandinavian Mystery

Max, a private detective and former Norwegian police officer, learns of the suicide of his former colleague, Kurt. Although the men worked together thirty years ago, Max has trouble believing that his friend would commit suicide. When he arrives in Norway and learns more about the death, he decides to investigate.

People have a habit of disappearing around Midsummer Eve. Thirty years ago, a researcher disappeared. In the last year another researcher also disappeared. Th
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K
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author, and it's a very good effort. A Nordic Noir murder mystery, The Devil's Wedding Ring blends some interesting Norwegian history involving the Catholic church, Reformation, and ancient religious rituals with a modern day mystery; two people, separated by some 30 years, and each conducting research on a religious symbol located in a remote region of Norway, wind up missing / dead. Coincidence?
Our protagonist, Max Fjellanger, a native Norwegian who moved to the States m
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Elisa
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Talk about atmospheric! You can almost breathe in the mossy, earthy air in the Norwegian woods where the action is set. Creepy rites, a gaggle of suspects and many red herrings make for a great read. Max Fjellanger has been living in Florida for decades but, when his old police partner turns up dead, he returns to the Telemark region of Norway where he was born. Max is a professionally successful detective who recently lost his wife, so he is a bit lost at the beginning. He starts looking into t ...more
Meeker
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was a good little mystery, satisfying in the end, though I struggled to hold on to my interest around the middle of the book. It was written in a very pragmatic style which I think befits a detective story but which I feel wastes some of the opportunity of setting in such a grand and picturesque location. The majesty of the landscape! And yet that majesty was described but not really conveyed. At one point the protagonist describes his perception of the world (after the death of his wife) a ...more
Jay Williams
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Nordic thriller is full of the dark humor you would expect from that area. There must be a new genre called Nordic Noir. The story flows so well it is hard to believe it is a translation. The main character, a widower and former policeman, is a tortured soul who travels to the funeral of a former coworker on a whim and stays in Sweden to investigate the circumstances of the death. He meets a number of weird characters as he pursues his investigation. A ritual associated with pagan gods from ...more
Linda
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good twisty mystery. I liked the setting, and especially loved the folktale aspect of the underlying mystery. Three people have been killed, seemingly unrelated. But this detective does a good job of connecting the dots, and discovering the underlying mystery that links them all.

I would have loved to have seen more of the actual history of the rituals, more of the history of how this was actually carried on through so many centuries.

The MC seemed a little stiff to me, but that could h
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John
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Norske noir.
Norwegian native Max Fjellanger returns from Florida to his homeland to attend the funeral of a police colleague of his from many years earlier. His friend from way back supposedly took his own life, but something doesn't quite add up. Fjellanger delays his return, teams up with a local librarian who likes to read crime novels, and enters a world of mysterious disappearances and pre-Christian pagan rites in the Telemark region of Norway.
If you like steamy scenes, violent encounters,
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Danita L
Mostly, I liked this book, but I found much of it to just be implausible. That this cult existed for a thousand years is believable. But that in the last 30 years, there were 3 killings over it? Not so much.
And for Sundstol to be so detail oriented for the entire novel and then to shove the conclusion and the solving and the final actions into 20 pages?! That was disappointing and basically just shoveled everything over the edge, very listless. In fact, with only 5 pages left, I was positive tha
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Norwegian author, born in 1963. Lives in Telemark, Southern Norway. Married to Shea Sundstøl (California, US).