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The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt
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The Inner Circle by Mari Jungstedt is the 3rd book of the Anders Knutas police procedural mystery series set on contemporary Gotland, Sweden. Summer on Gotland is a delightful paradise for residents and tourists alike, who enjoy plenty of outdoor sports and leisure activities during the long daylight hours. But this summer, Inspector Anders Knutas is going to miss vacation with his family, due to a long-running murder investigation. It starts with a strange incident: young girls discover their favorite pony murdered. Horse death is not normally a police matter, but the macabre nature of the crime calls for police investigation. Next, an archaeology student disappears from a university dig of Viking relics. When her body is discovered, the ritualistic nature of her murder puts the police on alert, calling in national crime specialists from Stockholm.

Occasional chapters from the killer's point of view don't reveal identity, just peculiar mental state and methodical preparation for the next crime.

Journalist Johan and his ladylove Emma eagerly await parenthood. Johan longs for more commitment from Emma, who is still tormented by the transition from her previous marriage.

Thefts of antiquities from Gotland are usually 'under the radar' of police investigation, but both Anders and Johan independently see a possible connection to the ritualistic threats and serial killings. A deadly confrontation on a nearly deserted, barren part of the island ties all the subplots together. Will they all survive it?

Read this series in order to understand the relationships, especially Johan's and Emma's history, and Anders' selfless dedication. Without reading the earlier books, Anders may seem a bit petulant at the loss of vacation; a fuller understanding of how he has put his job first many times over his personal life provides context. The book ends with a cliffhanger: a major character's fate unknown.

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June 6, 2020 – Shelved
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August 29, 2020 – Finished Reading

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