Marianne Jidhoff is having trouble getting back on her feet after the death of her husband, Hans. As Stockholm’s Attorney General, Hans was known as much for his marital indiscretions as his ability to solve complex cases. But Olle Lundqvist, Lead Prosecutor at the department and Marianne’s friend of many years, knows that she was the brain behind Hans’s success. He persuades her to come back to work, and she quickly shakes her grief as she finds herself at the center of a series of mysterious killings among Stockholm’s upper echelons. Marianne teams up with the brash and handsome investigator Torsten Ehn to find out who is behind the murders, and together they uncover a kinky secret society populated by the city’s elite. This sexy twist on the Scandinavian crime tradition - dubbed Elegant Crime by the author - is both a colorful glimpse into the rarefied world of Sweden’s rich and powerful and a beguiling mystery featuring a cast of unforgettable characters.
©2011 Denise Rudberg; English translation © 2014 by Laura A. Wideburg. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
The author has apparently created a new genre of Scandinavian crime fiction called Elegant Crime. It supposedly is a combination of chic lit and mystery called Elegant Crime. Half of the characters are upper income types, half are not. But they are all brought together by one obsession-- food. At first I thought it was just local color, a chance to read about snacking life in Stockholm, then it began to intrude into the story-- big plates of food. And it became clear that the good guys in the social sense (not in the criminal sense) give and share food, the disagreeable character reject the offer of food. Many cups of coffee and cinnamon buns are consumed.
Mystery? Oh, there was a mystery in there? Yes, there was. A young girl is found dead under and upturned boat and a man is run over in the street. There seems to be some connection to a lifestyle cult but that's not important. Instead let me tell you about some delectable white chocolates that the heroine consumed before having sex with an old friend.
No, I don't think I would read another book by this author. I'm not sure why the obsession with food but it sure wasn't interesting.
Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,
I liked this book, although at first, I thought it a bit slow. But, the pace of Scandinavian noir is always a bit slow with LOTS of detailed descriptions of place & people. Although I did see 'who done it', I still stuck with the book because the characters are very interesting. I think the author can take this book and make a series out of it. There is some room for the characters to change and grow. I especially liked the female characters--not "all tough as nails unbelievable" OR 'too delicate to breath' like some American authors portray female police & prosecutors. Instead there is vulnerability and growth in a believable way.
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