Last Rituals

Last Rituals

An Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder

Book - 2007
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Attorney Thóra Guomundsdóttir and her new partner, Matthew Reich, journey to a remote corner of Iceland to investigate how the murder of a German student may be connected to the victim's interest in witchcraft.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061143366
0061143367
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY YRS
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007
Alternative Title: Þriðja táknið. English

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JLMason
Sep 04, 2018

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.

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htliang
Apr 12, 2017

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 :)

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

FIRST BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

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ninica
Apr 27, 2016

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!

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ABenoit
Mar 29, 2014

It was a little creepy for my taste, but it was still a good story

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Lavenderseas
Apr 06, 2013

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.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

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.

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lpreston214
Jun 29, 2011

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.

rdrlady Dec 27, 2010

Dark mystery set in Iceland about killing and mutilation of a grad student.

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Apr 06, 2013

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