Publication Date: Available Now from McNidder and Grace
Source: Review Copy
A gunman is loose in Malmö and he’s targeting immigrants. The charismatic head of an advertising agency is found dead in his shower. Inspector Anita Sundström wants to be involved in the murder investigations, but she is being sidelined by her antagonistic boss. She is assigned to find a stolen painting by a once-fashionable artist, as well as being lumbered with a new trainee assistant. She also has to do to restore her professional reputation after a deadly mix-up in a previous high-profile case. Then another prominent Malmö businessman is found murdered and Sundström finds herself back in the action and facing new dangers in the second Anita Sundström Malmö mystery.
Highly intriguing second read in this series – I very much enjoyed the first one and this follows on perfectly, solidifying the main protagonist Anita and giving us another compelling and eminently readable mystery.
There are many things going on here and Torquil Macleod juggles all the layers perfectly, a beautifully flowing read that grips from the outset and never loses focus.
I’m growing very fond of Anita, her personality shines and she has a very different kind of back story that is fascinating and gives the story a great edge. Moving on from Meet me in Malmo and continuing the thread started there, I am very keen to see where she goes next.
On the mystery side a really well constructed complex plot with some very current themes and issues – whilst this is set in Sweden it is easy to draw parallels with the UK and some of the attitudes and outlooks you see here. As for the setting, it comes to life beautifully within the narrative and the sense of place is evocative and fascinating.
Overall another great novel from Torquil Macleod – I’m looking forward to continuing Anita’s journey with the next in the series very soon.
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