It’s windy and snowy and quite chilly this morning as I write this post. Good thing I have a steaming cup of chai and a slice of freshly baked Date Bread to keep me warm. Oh, and also a purring kitty on my lap… Does it get any better than this?!
Nothing that I had from the library was grabbing me last week, so I did a “shopping in my own closet” thing and found a few books on my own bookshelves that I thought I would try. What I ended up reading was The Drowning by Sweden’s “Queen of Crime Fiction” Camilla Lackberg. This is a later book in the "Fjällbacka" series, and it is the first book I’ve read by this author, so I came into it not knowing any of the backstories of the characters or their relationships inside or outside the station, but I think I still got most of it. When the debut novel by Fjällbacka resident Christian Thyndall becomes an instant hit, mesmerizing readers with its dark magic, crime writer Erica Falck, is thrilled, as she is the one who recommended Christian to her editor. But when she discovers that he’s been receiving threatening letters, she begs her husband, Detective Patrik Hedström, to investigate. Patrik and the other detectives at the station are at loose ends when trying to console the wife of a man who’s been missing for several months, a man who seems to have disappeared into thin air. When he discovers that the disappearance of the missing man and the threatening letters may be tied together, he enlists the help of the whole team to dig deeper into their pasts. But what he uncovers is more strange and deadly than anyone could have anticipated. This was a good book, with characters that were interesting and a plot that was definitely complex and psychological, and I would certainly read other books in this series. My only complaint is that this book took some time to really get going plot-wise, and her books are all quite long. I’m not sure all of them are like this, but it’s a bit of a deterrent if I can’t really get into the story until nearly halfway through a 500-page mystery. I think I would have to spread the novels out and not read them back-to-back.
The other book I pulled off my shelf was The Lola Quartet by Canadian author Emily St John Mandel, which is really interesting (and quite short!!), but I’m not quite finished and will have to wait until next week to tell you about it.
That’s all for today. Stay warm and keep reading!
Bye for now... Julie