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Evil Things by Katja Ivar
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really liked it
Read 2 times. Last read August 8, 2020 to August 13, 2020.

Evil Things is the first book in the Hella Mauzer series, Hella was an Inspector in Helsinki but as this is set in the 1950’s the menfolk decided she was too emotional and sent her to Lapland. Her career is stagnating in her new posts but a curious letter from the far away settlement of Käärmela changes that.

An elderly man is missing, Hella’s colleagues don’t think there is any cause for alarm but something about the case makes Hella want to investigate further. She sets off to try to the settlement to see if a crime has been committed or is another case of somebody wandering in to the woods and getting lost?

On arrival she quickly realises something is up, the village is on the Russian border and the villagers all seem to be hiding something even her hosts, the priest and his wife are not sharing everything they know but they do hold one important piece of evidence, the missing mans grandson.

Hella is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery but when a body is discovered in the woods she realises that there might be more to this disappearance than meets the eye, can she uncover the truth?

Evil Things ticked my boxes straight away, It’s set in a Nordic country (Finland), its cold and snowy, it has a mysterious forest and it has a determined female protagonist. I really had know way of knowing where the book was going, it kept you guessing to the end. The landscape really deserves a mention too, it sounds like something out of Dr Zhivago, all snow and forests capped with frost.

Hella does put up with a lot, her male chauvinist colleagues, sexual harassment from a local lorry driver and general mistrust from the villagers, she may not always handle it well and calmly but she does get the job done. I’m looking forward to more from her.
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August 8, 2020 – Started Reading
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