Monday, February 8, 2016

Reading right now:

            “I’m Travelling Alone” by Samuel Bjork. Norwegian author Bjork presents his debut novel in what is the first in the Holger Munch and Mia Kruger series. Police investigators Munch and Kruger take on a serial killer who seems to be targeting children. After a six year old girl is found dead, hanging from a tree, with an airline tag around her neck that reads “I’m traveling alone,” Munch assemblies a team to hunt down the killer. This sounds like it’s going to be a fascinating serial killer novel.

On hold right now:

            “The Killing Forest” by Sara Blaedel. This is the sixth book in the Louise Rick and Camilla Lind series set in Denmark. Danish author Blaedel continues this police procedural series with an investigation into the disappearance of a teenage boy last seen in a forest area where a group of young men practice Old Norse religious beliefs. After a prostitute is found dead in that forest, Louise Rick must delve into the group and find out the truth in what is a town with secrets. How fascinating is a book about Old Norse religious beliefs? 

Other mysterious things:

            Other international thrillers coming out in February include Italian author Andrea Camilleri’s collection of short stories featuring his popular detective Inspector Montalbano. After nineteen novels, Montalbano’s first case is included here along with twenty other short stories. If you’re a fan, this should add a new diminution to the series (“Montalbano’s First Case and Other Stories”). Japanese author Keigo Higashino presents the third book in his Detective Galileo series ("A Midsummer's Equation". Detective Galileo is actually is Tokyo physicist whose real name is Manabu Yukawa. While speaking at a conference in Hari Cove, Yukawa is drawn into the murder of a former homicide detective. Icelandic novelist Arnaldur Indridason’s latest import is “Into Oblivion” which is the follow up novel to “Reykjavik Nights.” These book give readers a glimpse into Inspector Erlendur’s early career. “The Blue Hour” by Douglas Kennedy is a stand along novel about an American woman whose husband disappears during their what was to be a perfect one month trip to Morocco. During the investigation into his disappearance, the wife finds that everything she thought she knew about was a lie. Popular Norwegian mystery author Jo Nesbo’s latest release in the U.S. is “Midnight Sun,” the second in the Blood on Snow series. Icelandic author Yrsa Signurdardottir’s latest release in the United States is “The Silence of the Sea.” This is the sixth novel in her Thora Gudmundsdottir series. 

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