Where Roses Never Die
It would be a welcome paycheque but before he signs on, Veum will need to make a few changes to his lifestyle. In the 3 years since his partner died, his only relationship has been with a bottle. If he can put the Aquavit back on ...more
The Varg Veum series is written by Gunnar Staalesen, translated into English by Don Bartlett.
Varg Veum, the self titled lone wolf, is a bit of a mess. We last saw him in 1999, when his long term girlfriend was dying. It is now three years later. Varg is in need of a kick up the backside. He is a barely functioning alco ...more
As there is a deliciously dark twist in this book, I will not tarry long on the plot, but needless to say Staalesen once again employs his tactic of making the reader belie ...more
Gunnar Staalesen’s storytelling never fails to grip the reader and with his Private Investigator Varg Veum we have the ultimate defective detective. Staalesen’s stories and setting never fail to impress and his descriptive prose is crisp and clear like the air over the Fjords.
The story is set in 2002 when he is asked to investigate a case that is nearly 25 years old and not far from reaching Norway’s statute of limitations for any charges to be ...more
Veum is an alcoholic that is struggling to function. When the mother of a girl who went missing years before comes in it gives Veum a purpose in life.
I really liked Veum, he is battling his own demons but he is someone that you want to cheer on and see him do well for himself. There are quite a few books out already featuring the character which I’m not quite hundred per cent if this is part of a series or a stand alone ...more
Varg earns his own well deserved sense of satisfaction at the end with a resolution to remain sober despite his own losses. Aquavit remains untouched.
I have the 19th b ...more
Gunnar Staalesen, the godfather of Nordic Noir, is on exemplary form with his eighteenth novel in the Varg Veum series and our protagonist is as dogged as ever and his social conscience just as much in evidence. The death of his long time partner Karin three years ago is still very much an open wound for Veum, and his descent into a state of alcohol fuelled morass is threatening to overwhelm him. Living from one bottle of aquavit to the next, "on the longest and darkest marathon of my life", it ...more
Having had 2 strokes, nothing stay ...more
Sometimes, all you need is a good one whodunit in the form of a cold case and an investigation done the good old way.
The title attracted me first. Where Roses Never Die; poetic, tragic, and beautiful. Then the cover made me quiver with its cold colors. The mix definitely catches the eye and intrigues.
That's what the book is about: an intrigue. Poor Mette disappeared from a sandpit decades ago and as the case is about to get closed for good, her mother needs answers. PI are usually interesti...more
As Varg begins his investigation, coincidences seem to pop up. And Varg begins to ask questions that some people don;t want to answer. The mother is heartbroken and has n ...more
Where Roses Never Die is the 16th Varg Veum novel but this is the first I’ve read – in fact it’s the first proper Scandi-crime novel I’ve read! I know some people who are currently giving me a virtual slap for that comment! But you'll be pleased to know I'm sold! I've got a few Scandi-crime books sat patiently waiting on my kindle so I'll try not to put off reading them for too long.
I loved seeing the Norwegian letters ø and å scattered through the novel. Admittedly I have no ...more
The cold case that Varg Veum tackles revealed little about the child's disappearance during the original investigation, apart from the fact that the investigators felt there was something about the community that they weren't quite getting. ...more
It’s been three years since private eye Bergen PI Varg Veum tragically lost his girlfriend in We Shall Inherit the Wind. In the 19th book in the series – which began back in 1977 – the detective is seen wandering around the town, soul-searching from the bottom of a bottle of aquavit, unaware that a bold jewelry heist is going down nearby. Now a functional drunk, Veum is not aware of much these days, other than his own inner torment. Down on his luck and s ...more
It’s 1977 and a young girl is snatched whilst playing in ...more
The book begins with Veum meeting Mette’s mother 25 years after her daughter’s disappearance. She implores him to take a look into the case before the statute of limitations is up on the investigation. What ensues is a spellbinding narrative that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go.
That was not the ending I was expecting. Wow. However, I found the ending to be rather rushed through. The conclusion kind of came out of left field, how did Veum know what happened so quickly?! Where did he get the idea from?! Then the book just, ended. It was over. Hence the reason for me giving four stars opposed to five.
The book in its entirety was pretty good. I definitely enjoyed it. I would lump this in with “police procedurals” only because Veum, the main character, is a private investig ...more