The prose is a bit simple and sometimes stilted (translation issue?), but this is a solid debut mystery story. It introduces naive, but endearing single mother and lawyer Thora, who is new to investigating murders. She lands a particularly bizarre and grotesque death investigation that revolves around the history of witchcraft in Iceland. Recently divorced, Thora seems equally bemused by her teenage son and by her handsome German sidekick who was sent to Iceland by the victim’s family. One gains some insight into family life and social issues in Iceland, and learns that Icelandic humour is droll and a bit corny. But like Thora, the book is likeable and engaging.
This is the second Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's novel I've read that features the Icelandic lawyer and single mother, Thóra Guðmundsdóttir. This particular book is a bit gory and perhaps not as good as "The Day is Dark". There is, however, still lots to like about it: an appealing and funny main character, interesting facts about the ancient history of Iceland, and a good ending. I loved the final few paragraphs! I closed the book with a smile on my face :)
FIRST BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Yrsa's writing and weaving of plot lines. Normally I steer clear of mystery novels; often I find them too predictable and am able to discern who the culprit is within the first three chapters... but thankfully that wasn't the case with this novel! It makes for a very interesting and sometimes "colorful" read. I especially loved when she'd describe certain Icelandic landscapes and Thora's quirky, sometimes humorous, view of her own people. Really enjoyed it!
It was a little creepy for my taste, but it was still a good story
A very good read - female protagonist lawyer, well constructed mystery. Fun because it is a Icelandic story set in Iceland and involves early history elements. Story has a good pace.
This is book #1 in the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, Lawyer series set in Reykjavik; the story itself is quite interesting and rather involved, but it’s not a police procedural because the police are mostly on the outside looking in and are made to look rather stupid on the whole; the interactions among the protagonists and truth-seekers are generally good and there’s a lot of funny dialogue; the novel’s main drawback is the low quality of the domestic scenes, which are overly melodramatic and rather formulaic; maybe that aspect of the books will improve as the series goes on.
Thora Gundmunsdottir is the main character in this absorbing mystery. Unlike some of the other Scandinavian mystery characters, she's a lawyer, not a detective. Also, she's less morose and cerebral. Instead she's a single mother of two and is lively and fun. She's also smart and dedicated. This novel's got plenty of mysterious goings on and questioning of those involved with a murder etc. but it's also got some quirky characters, kid problems and a touch of romance. Very good.
Dark mystery set in Iceland about killing and mutilation of a grad student.
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