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by Mantle, 5 June 2014. ISBN: 978-0230769519
Detective Inspector Kolbjørn
Kristiansen is called to the murder of a former Resistance hero ... and it soon
becomes clear that he’s been killed by one of his neighbours.
This homage to Christie
is narrated by DI Kristiansen (K2), and there’s a strong touch of a Hastings
voice: he’s keen, ambitious and thinks he knows what he’s doing. The Poirot
figure is Patricia, a brilliant but reclusive young woman who’s in a wheelchair
after a car accident, and part of the fun of the book is seeing how she runs
rings round K2, who – this is 1968 – is inclined to underestimate her as a mere
girl. The past setting is lightly but convincingly done, and the plot
satisfyingly convoluted, as the characters are swatted off like flies, with twists,
motives and alibis abounding. There’s a convincing ending and surprise
unmasking of the real killer. However I felt this pastiche also exposed the
weakness of the Golden Age puzzle style; we’ve become accustomed to more
psychological depth in our crime novels.
enjoyable return to the world of Agatha Christie, with a Norwegian setting.
Olav Lahlum is a Norwegian crime author, historian, chess player and
politician. The books that make up his crime trilogy, featuring Criminal
Investigator Kolbjørn Kristiansen (known as K2) and his precocious young
assistant Patricia, are bestsellers in Norway.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.