The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation by Asa Larsson and Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation by Asa Larsson and Laurie Thompson (Translator)

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Category: Crime
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: Number five in the series and the best yet: an impressive whodunnit with brilliant writing. Definitely recommended.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: January 2014
Publisher: MacLehose
ISBN: 978-0857389985

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The bear had killed a dog and hunting the animal became a social necessity. It wasn't particularly out of the ordinary, but what the hunters found in the bear's stomach was and the search began for a human body. Later - and many miles away - a woman was murdered with dreadful brutality, abuse scrawled on the wall above her head, and her young grandson was nowhere to be found. Rebecka Martinsson knew the area and understood the people but she was pushed off the case in favour of von Post - who was aware of only where his own best interests rested. Von Post didn't see the connection between the deaths but Martinsson did.

There was quite some history to this area of northern Sweden. About a hundred years before Elina Pettersson came to Kiruna from Stockholm to become a school teacher. On the train she met Hjalmar Lundbohm, the managing director of the mining company which was the lifeblood of Kiruna. There was quite an age difference but he was taken by the young woman and as they left the train he dashed off to make arrangements for some better accommodation for her than had been planned. A century on the effects of this decision would be felt.

Being pushed off the case made Martinsson angry and she decided that she would take the leave owing to her - with immediate effect. It passed through her mind that she could always go back to being a lawyer in Stockholm, to Mans who seemed to play an increasingly small part in her life - but that didn't need to be the case. Instead she stayed put and began her own investigation into what had happened. Von Post continued with his - which was, of course, far more high-profile and self-aggrandising.

The dead woman's grandson was found, hiding in the woods. Marcus had little to say - seemed almost to misunderstand what had happened - but found solace with Krister Eriksson, in fact in becoming one of his dogs. But looking back, there had been too many accidents in Marcus's family and it seemed that he might now be in danger.

I'm a big fan of Scandinavian crime and Asa Larsson has looked to be one to watch for some years now. Her last mystery was perhaps a little too much of an out-and-out thriller for my tastes, but The Second Deadly Sin hit the spot precisely. I didn't spot the guilty party until the name and explanation were put in front of me - and towards the end there was a point when I cried. Great stuff. I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.

For another story - albeit set in the UK - where what happened many decades ago influences a current crime we can recommend Sins of the Father by Graham Hurley. For more Scandi-crime, have a look at The Lion's Mouth by Anne Holt.

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Asa Larsson's Rebecka Martinson Investigations in chronological order

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