Mari Jungstedt was a new name for me in my exploration of Scandinavian noir She writes in one setting, Gotland, Sweden s largest island off the southeast edge of Sweden, and features Inspector Anders Knutas In this case, he investigates the mysterious death of Martina Flochten, a young Dutch archaeology student, in Gotland for a summer of research She is found, hanging from a tree, with wounds to her lower abdomen and hardly any blood left in her body At nearly the same time, a Gotland pony is discovered in its owner s paddock, beheaded The head later appears, on a stick, in front of the house of the next victim Yes, we have a serial killer on our hands and not just of people Jungstedt gives us a short course on Gotland history and we learn and about Swedish mythology as Knutas and his allies get deeper into the case There is a parallel case of Johan and Pia, a network news team on Gotland who, since Gotland is not a great source of stories, are assigned to cover the murder of Flochten and the killing of the horses Johan is under stress because his wife is tired of his assignments and wants him home often She comes off as somewhat possessive and nasty Pia is a tough camerawoman, just trying to do the job They almost turn into detectives themselves as they interview suspects and victims relatives but they don t often confer with Knutas As usual in Scandinavian noir, there are affairs and cross relations galore that add to the fun The fact that the island was once a Viking hangout in the 11th century makes it even intriguing When the plot turned toward an occult circle of associates and friends, it became a bit tedious for me, but it fit into the spirit of the whole and the ritualistic nature of the murders and horse killings all made sense in that context Not at all an unsatisfactory introduction to Jungstedt for me, and a good representative of the genre. I like my 2nd hand book sales because you get to buy missing books in your collection, better editions of books you already have or get to know new writers for a wee amount of money.And so this Scandinavian thriller came into my hands, a third book in a series which does not matter as the writer is skilled enough to round of the various characters descriptions The book in itself is a straight forward thriller, reading the cover one might expected a x files esque story but no such luck.People get killed and the police are baffled as are the media, only for this one smart journalist The whole story turns around a archaeological dig and the potential build of a hotel on the Swedish Island Gotland One would expect that any policeman would be able to ask the right questions when it comes to the cult like descriptions of the killings, which happens in the last part of the novel Which annoyed me a lot The book however was an easy read and with the next 2nd hand market I will undoubtedly return the book to the general public as it is worth easily the 50 cents I paid for it. One Of Scandinavia S Best Crime Writers, No Mean Compliment In A Crowded Field The TimesIt S Summer On Gotland And An International Group Of Archaeology Students Are Excavating An Ancient Viking Site The Camaraderie And Holiday Spirits Of The Group Are Shattered When One Of Their Number, A Dutch Student Called Martina, Disappears Rumours Abound About A Secret Relationship She Was Having With Someone On The Island, But Is Her Disappearance Simply A Lover S Intrigue When The Body Of A Horse Is Discovered In A Local Farmer S Field, Other Rumours Begin To Circulate The Horse Had Been Decapitated And The Head Has VanishedAs Inspector Knutas Begins His Investigation, Echoes From Gotland S Viking Past Begin To Trouble His Search When Martina S Naked Body Is Found Hanging From A Tree, With What Look Like Ritualistic Markings On Her Skin, There Can Be Little Further Question Someone Is Calling To The Old Gods Of Gotland Martina Has Been Killed According To The Viking Ritual Of The Three Fold Death, And The One Thing The Ritual Points To Is That Deaths Will Follow Bueno honestamente amo este genero de libros pero no me sent especialmente conectada con la narraci n de la autora probablemente debido a la traducci n No puedo creer que un libro proveniente de la descrita una de las autoras m s reconocidas de la novela negra haya dedicado m s de 130 p ginas donde lo nico terrible que paso fuera la muerte de un pony no es spoiler, pasa en la p gina 20 B sicamente sus mismos personajes hablan de lo rid culo que es dedicar recursos a la investigaci n de un pony muerto, si tus mismos personajes sienten que esto es rid culo creo que no debiste alargar tanto el argumento.Los protagonistas son el detective y un reportero que pasa la mayor parte de su tiempo hablando de su enamorada y muy muy muy poco de su tiempo es dedicado a su investigaci n , por otra parte el detective Knutas no es exactamente muy activo en este libro No me mal interpreten, me agrado el libro pero sent en varias ocasiones que divagaban demasiado tanto la narraci n como los personajes, en fin, al menos esto se compensa con la presentaci n de los cap tulos Si eres fan tico de la mitolog a n rdica este libro te agradara En cuanto a t rminos de oscuridad, no considero especialmente horribles o impactantes los asesinatos o los asesinos Lo que me agrad del libro fue la descripci n del escenario, sent una atracci n inmediata por Suecia las descripciones de los lugares y las personas en general resultan bastante cre bles Probablemente habr a disfrutado mas este libro de haber le do los anteriores, descubr muy tarde que este era el tercer de cuatro libros, tendr que leer mas de esta autora para poder describir con mayor seguridad su narraci n. Pues bien, en la linea de los anteriores aunque voy a tener que leer el principio del siguiente que me han dajao con una intriga le e I wish I could give this two and a half stars instead of just two, but Inner Circle just falls apart The most important scenes are still taking place off the page, which would be fine, but suddenly Emma and Johan are back together sort of, she divorced Olle, even though in the last book she told Johan to have a nice life while I had hoped it was the last I d see of Emma Nope I wanted to read a mystery, but what Jungstedt served was something akin to J.D Robb Nora Roberts The book ends of a cliffhangersort of, depends if you care about Emma and Johan I don t, I read the series for Knuties and there s less of him in this volume than ever I won t be continuing the series, for me, it ended in a good enough place. Addictive absorbing the Anders Knutas Crime thrillers are a must read The Anders Knutas Series, written by Mari Jungstedt and translated from the Swedish to English by Tiina Nunnally, is an addictive nine book series for reader who are captivated, like me, with Crime Mysteries and Thrillers My review is of the entire series, which I have just newly finished From Unseen , the first novel in the series, to The Fourth Victim , the ninth novel, each boast superb plots, twists and turns and fabulously intriguing characters I have no intention of summarising each book s plot they each contain a brief summary inside the fly cover Personally I avoid reading the summary, as I feel it gives too much away about the content of the novel Other readers might find the summary useful The publishers clearly think so.The strength of the series is such that no one book is better than another they are each a brilliant and totally absorbing read As with other Swedish writers of this genre the novels are so distinctively different from English and American novels of the same ilk.The series is based on the picturesque island of Gotland, Sweden s largest island and the annual summer influx of masses of tourists makes for an interesting setting The capital of Gotland is Visby, which possesses an excellently preserved medieval wall, as well as most of the Island s native population and crime It is around Visby that the novels are largely centred The author, Mari Jungstedt, makes full use of the Island s variable geography, rural economy and proximity to other Baltic counties in the books The Island s very changeable seasonal weather is also used by the author to good effect from novel to novel.The characters are very much three dimensional, as are their lives and relationships with one another These relationships can become complex at times which only adds spice to the stories.There are four main characters Chief Superintendent Anders Knutas or Knutie as he is affectionately known to some, much to his annoyance Karin Jacobsson Knutas s Deputy Johan Berg Regional TV Reporter for Swedish TV and Pia, Johan s very ambitious photographer, who will stop at nothing to get the best photo or film footage.The novels can be read independently, as they each contain sufficient information about earlier events, to prevent the reader from getting lost However, in my view, they are best read in sequence to fully grasp the development of both characters and relationships.The variety and originality of the plots and sub plots makes this one of the best crime series written by a Swedish author Let s face it, the Swedes boast an abundance of literary talent in this field, and Mari Jungstedt is at the very top of the crop of their talented authors Buy a copy of Unseen and start reading I fell for Jungstedt s easy flowing distinctive narrative from the start and then ploughed my way through all, currently translated, books in the series.Unfortunately the books aren t cheap to buy not at the date of this review anyway , either in paperback or Kindle, which is a pity since it makes them less affordable and hence accessible to all readers I was lucky, as my local library had every book available to read in electronic form via Borrowbox But even at the prices quoted on you are guaranteed novels of quality And, as point out, the price is set by the publisher, not themselves.A treat to read, each novel is fully deserving of the Five Star rating I have given them I am certain that you will agree. DEN INDERSTE KREDSOm bogen Endnu en elegant og velturneret krimi i Mari Jungstedts Gotland serie En gruppe ark ologistuderende fra forskellige lande deltager i et udgravningskursus p Gotlands vestkyst Under den hede h jsommersol graver de med hakker og skeer og finder en havn fra Vikingetiden, som viser sig at v re rig p fund.Men det bliver ikke det eneste fund, de g r T t p udgravningen finder de liget af den unge hollandske studerende, Martina M rkerne p hendes krop tyder p , at mordet har rituelle undertoner Politiinspekt r Ander Knutas og hans kolleger unders ger om den unge kvindes d d har nogen sammenh nge med en halshugget hovedl s hest, som blev fundet p en fold af nogle sm piger tidligere p sommeren.Da hesten hoved dukker op spiddet p en p l vokser mystikken yderligere Sagen f r stor opm rksomhed fra medierne, og journalisten Johan Berg f lger h ndelserne p t t hold Samtidig fors ger han at f forholdet til K resten, Emma at fungere Alt imens en sn ver kreds af mennesker for at ud ve deres tro i det skjulte.Anmeldelse Kriminalkommiss r Knutas og journalisten Johan bringes igen sammen af to sager om en halshugget hest og en myrdet ark ologistuderende Afsl ringen af en kreds asa troende giver sammenh ng med forbrydelserne, og det bliver farligt for opdagerne.Muligvis ved de lokale indbyggere, der ikke er personlig involverede, godt der foreg r noget med det er altid en velbevaret hemmelighed hvem der er med i s danne sekter Man er bange for repressalier Samtidig opdager to sm piger en hest er dr bt og hovedet mangler.Det dukker dog snart op hos Martinas chef, som i r dsel flygter Han ved godt hvad det betyder Som altid Skriver Mari Jungstedt fantastisk og jeg vil ikke t ve med at give bogen mine varmeste anbefalinger Det kan da godt v re at bogen udkom helt tilbage i 2008, men det g r bestemt ikke historien d rligere.Og som jeg har skrevet tidligere s kan de svenske krimiforfattere noget med et godt plot og fantastisk sp nding.Vurdering 5 ud af 6 stjernerKrimiormen.http krimiormen.simplesite.com I love the setting of this series and would love to visit Visby one day, the photos on Google are beautiful The author has created an interesting cast of characters in this series and the books are well translated I found the details on Nordic mythology which underpins the plot fascinating. .