As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
New reviews are posted daily, but to search for earlier reviews please click on the Mystery People link below and select 'reviews' from the welcome page. This will display an alphabetic option for you to find the review you would like to read
For PREVIOUS REVIEWS- Click on MYSTERY PEOPLE below -
Published by Head of Zeus Ltd, 6 August 2020. ISBN:
How is it that I wasn’t familiar with this Scandinavian
writer’s work?Well, now I am and I can
honestly say that I am blown away by his nail-biting, storytelling ability.
fast paced thriller, ably translated into English by Agnes Broomé, is the
fourth or rather the fifth, if one includes the prequel, in the series featuring
tough Swedish detective Fabian Risk who operates with a small police team in
Helsingberg. It picks up where its predecessor Murder X left off and
although it can be appreciated as a stand-alone, it’s probably useful to have
read the earlier ones.
A roll of the dice sets the rules of the game.
Fabian who is still investigating the circumstances of the so-called suicide of
a colleague, Hugo Elvin, is convinced that a member of his team murdered the
victim and that the perpetrator is party to Fabian’s ongoing
investigation.And that’s not all.
Fabian is certain that the suspect is a serial killer with more blood on his
hands despite the huge differences in modus operandi.The rate of gruesome murders stacks up, spreading
panic, desperation and fear in the community, and no one, not
even children, are spared by seemingly random and motiveless killings.
author then switches country boundaries to Denmark where the corrupt Head of
the Homicide Unit nurses a vendetta against Fabian’s friend Donju and, by
extension, him and makes it his mission to finish them both off.
wait. As if this isn’t enough, there’s more to come. Fabian is a troubled married
man with a complicated domestic life — a son on the run, a gravely injured
daughter — that adds authenticity and
credibility to his macho personality.
is a tense, atmospheric roller coaster with multiple strands criss-crossing
like a complex piece of knitting. Drop a
stitch (lose concentration for a moment) and the reader will find that she/he
must go back and catch up. With a plethora of twists and turns and unexpected
events and incidents, with a dialogue that sparkles and with well developed,
believable characters the suspense is never ending and, like one of those old
black and white cowboy and injun movies, the action is relentless and doesn’t
one is looking for an intricate, multi-layered, edgy, high calibre read, this
book has it in spades. Highly recommended.
Stefan Ahnhemhas been working as a screenwriter for over twenty years. He has
worked in both TV and film, with everything from comedy to thriller and with
original ideas as well as adaptations. In 2014 he debuted with Victim Without a Face.Since
then two more novels about the murder investigator Fabian Risk have been
released. He lives in Copenhagen.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India, qualified as a lawyer in England and practised
in London for many years. She began writing by contributing feature articles to
legal periodicalsthen turned her hand
to fiction. Having published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a
romantic theme, she has also written short stories and accounts of her
explorations off the beaten track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly
unromantic, novel is a work in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives,
collecting old masks and singing are a few of her favourite things.