The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom #1) by Camilla Lackberg

Book Description:

Published: June 15, 2010

Format: Audio/Audible

Returning to her hometown of Fjallbacka after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice-cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a book about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their own shared past. While her interest grows into an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about a small town with a deeply disturbing past.

Review –

This is the second book from this author that I have listened to and I loved it. The first one was The Stonecutter, and I listened to it over a year ago and it was number three in the series. This was number one and we meet up with the main characters of Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck. He is a police detective and she is a writer and most of the action takes place in the small fishing village of Fjallbacka, Sweden.

Erica’s childhood friend, Alex, is found murdered in a bathtub with both wrists slit. Alex and her family moved away when she was around ten and she was never the same outgoing little girl. Soon after Alex’s murder, a  close friend of hers is found hanging in his home. Can these two murders connected?

There are many twists and turns in this foreign crime fiction  and we learn about the horrible things done to Alex as a child by someone who should have been a protector and why she and Anders were close.

The murderer is someone I never expected, which always makes a  book even better.

Right along with the murder investigation we see the chemistry between Patrik and Erica evolve into more. Although they knew each other in school, over twenty years ago, Erica had no idea the depth of feelings that brewed between them.

Great read and a great who-dun-it.  Looking forward to finding more in the series.

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The Nest (A Roger Steele Mystery #1) by Jason Brown

Book Description:

Published: August 23, 2014

A series of grisly and cryptic murders strike the city of Phoenix, Arizona, where the lead detective finds himself as prime suspect and the object of a twisted, psychological murder-game.

Review –

Fantastic story about a serial killer filled with twists and turns and very dramatic ending.  The only criticism I have is that there are too many characters in the book and they are hard to remember how each one fits into the plot. I’m talking 69 different characters. Way too many.

This is Jason Brown’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read his next one.

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The Poet (Jack McEvoy #1) by Michael Connelly

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Series: Jack McEvoy #1

Publication Date:April 29, 2003

Denver crime-beat reporter Jack McEvoy specializes in violent death. So when his homicide detective brother kills himself, McEvoy copes in the only way he knows how–he decides to write the story. But his research leads him to suspect a serial killer is at work–a devious murderer who’s killing cops and leaving a trail of poetic clues. It’s the news story of a lifetime, if he can get the story without losing his life.

Review –

I’ve wanted to read/listen to this book for a long time but for some reason I always ended up reading/listening to something else. Finally, one day I found the audio version on sale so I grabbed it up and slipped it in the car cd player on the way home and almost didn’t want to get out of the car when I got home.  It’s a great story about murders, a manhunt, the intertwining of characters and twists and turns you won’t believe.   I loved it!!!!!!