Friday, January 15, 2010

The Inner Circle, by Mari Jungstedt

Scandinavian mythology, archaeology and death come together in this gripping crime novel by Sweden's Mari Jungstedt.
Two young girls find a pony dead and beheaded - with its head missing.
An international group of young archaeology students uncovering a Viking fortification works and parties hard but the good vibe turns to horror when one of their group, 21-year-old Martina Flochten disappears. Her naked body is found hanging a short time later and her injuries indicate she is the victim of a ritual killing.
Before Inspector Anders Knutas and his team can solve the mystery, the horse's head is found at the home of another victim.
The Inner Circle is the third in Jungstedt's series featuring Inspector Knutas and it's no wonder they are so popular. The characters are believable, the plots are pacey and intricate and each of the books I have read has been a real page-turner.
Knutas isn't nearly as dark and brooding in character as that other famous Swedish policeman, Kurt Wallander and the background of life in Sweden and the relationships between characters make these less-than-standard whodunnits even more interesting.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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