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I was in two minds about this one, like many I enjoy a bit of Nordic Noir but a one-off book about a 64 year old lady detective coming up to retirement? To my shame I wasn't entirely sure that would appeal to me. By the end of my listen though I was thinking that a series involving Hulda Hermannsdottir might have been an interesting prospect.
To be fair during the early parts of the book I wasn't so sure but given the relative brevity I was impressed by just how detailed a view Jonasson was able to give of his characters and how strong a feeling of place he evoked of his Icelandic setting. It has a refreshingly different feel to most of the thrillers I've read recently.
The ending is also extremely strong in my view and not something I saw coming. There is a lot of clever irony in the epilogue too which seemed particularly poignant.
Amanda Redman carried the story well with her narration without ever being over-demonstrative and the whole thing generates a decent atmosphere.
I often find it hard recommending shorter books like this but in this case I'd definitely put it in the worth a shot category.
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Unusual approach to a murder mystery, well written and with an excellent performance, very well read and enjoyable to listen to.
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