Oli and Magnus Jonson have spent decades trying to escape from the shadows of their past. Raised by their grandparents in Bjarnarhofn, a remote farmstead in Iceland, both brothers had to endure brutal violence at the hands of their grandfather.
When Constable Pall Gylfason is called to investigate a suspected homicide in a remote farmstead, he is surprised to find Detective Magnus Jonson is already there. Magnus identifies the dead man as his estranged grandfather. Before long, Magnus is arrested for the murder of his grandfather. When it emerges that his younger brother, Oli, is in Iceland after two decades in America, Pall begins to think that Magnus may not be the only family member in the frame for murder.
©2014 Michael Ridpath (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Michael Ridpath's final episode in Magnus's search for his father's killer descends into black farce as most of his icelandic family are killed off and the author leaves his nicest creation 'Arna', on the sidelines. Saved by Sean Barret's rich, gravelly reading this book lacks credibility but is a pleasant enough 'whodunnit'.
The final installment of the 4 book Maguus Ragnassun series is a little less engaging as previous books but it does wrap up the loose ends, explain who killed who, and is a pleasure to listen to thanks to Sean Barrett narration. The body count in Sea of Stone is larger than in all the previous 3 stories put together! We meet the whole tragic family driven to carry out terrible deads at their Grandfather's bidding.
Story is told much more from the perspective of characters other than Magnuus which is probably why I found it needed more commitment than the others but still an enjoyable listen, good story, shame that is the end of the series. Will definitely be checking out other titles by Michael Ridpath.
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