Viveca Sten Mysteries
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Viveca Sten & Sandhamn
- Married, with three children, Viveca lives just north of Stockholm.
- She has had a highly successful legal career as a lawyer and until recently held the position as General Counsel at PostNord (the Swedish & Danish mail service), but left in 2011 to focus on her writing.
- Since 1917, Viveca´s family have spent all their summers at Sandhamn where her novels are set.
- Viveca has written several non-fiction books prior to her crime novels.
- Viveca is a great humanitarian and has for several years been involved in the Red Cross Centre for Tortured Refugees. - -- Her warmth and caring has been passed on to her three children and last summer her daughter left for the US to tour with the volunteer organization Up with People.
- She describes herself as driven, stubborn and caring, which is obvious when you meet her, read her books and see all the things she has accomplished in life.
Of my 3 local libraries, only one has books by Viveca Sten, and only in Spanish or Italian. I have Still Waters on my Kindle, so I can dip my toe in the water.
I saw on your 75-er thread that you included my name in this group read.
Fessing up ~ not knowing I was expected to read 'dans un groupe' ~ I already finished and reviewed the book.
Do NOT go and look! I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.
I'm in, too. I have already read the first four, but I might reread just for fun.
Hmmm. I've started this one, but I may not be able to continue it into February. I'll keep up with the thread though, and I might join you - sorry not to be more precise. All things depend on my mom. (I'm delighted that the early Stens are still cheap for Kindle!)
I plan on picking up my copy from the library tomorrow. It's waiting for me.
>15 Berly: Good to hear that you are doing better, Kim. The book was really good. I finished it this morning.
>16 Familyhistorian: Awesome! Please post some thoughts here while it is fresh in your mind. You can hide them if they are too revealing and then we can read them later when we catch up. Maybe put the page or chapter as a heading...
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>18 Thank you Laura for
Hey Kim, I'm glad to see you're on the mend and ready to dive into your first Viveca Sten.
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>17 Berly: Will do as soon as I get to the write up for my thread. I'm behind on reviews once again. Thanks for the spoiler instructions.
I'll begin soon. Trying to finish a couple library e-books first since they have due dates. Hoping to finish one either at lunch or tonight.
Count me in too. I started reading the book a few days ago and enjoying it so far.
I've started reading and so far so good. I hadn't realized Sandhamn is a real place. I looked it up, and it looks absolutely beautiful!
>30 katiekrug: I have figured out how to mark places on my Kindle this time round!! From p. 169: "...among the finest stretches of sand in the archipelago. There was a reason the real name of the island was Sandhön, or Sand Island, although most people these days called is Sandhamn. It was one of the few island sin the Stockholm archipelago that didn't consist mainly of rocks."
Sand? Did someone mention sand?
Why, yes! I did.
Tell us a sand/beach story or where your favorite beach is...
I'll get us started...
So, on my honeymoon, on our very first day at Club Med on St. Thomas Island, I thought I was a widow.
We got there in the late afternoon and the orientation wasn't scheduled until after dinner, but figured we were good to have a swim in the ocean beforehand.
So, we ran in and swam out a ways. It was quiet and beautiful. The water was warm, the waves were gentle, the sun was shining. After a bit, I started to head back to shore and when I was about halfway there, I heard a boat motor.
I turned around to look and saw a boat with a water skier behind it....aiming directly for my husband. There was only the driver in the boat with no lookout passenger and he was driving forward while looking back over his shoulder at the skier behind.
The skier saw my husband in the water and tried to signal the driver away, but she couldn't get him to understand. My husband was waving frantically in the water. I was screaming.
So the skier finally let go of the rope hoping the driver would slow down and turn around to come back and get her, missing my husband.
I watched in horror as the boat continued straight ahead, running right over the spot where my husband was.
I began sobbing, convinced I was a widow.
Several long seconds later, my husband surfaced.
We had no idea that we chose the water skiing instruction area to swim in. There were no signs. My husband later told me that he kept hoping the driver would see him, but realized he was going to have to dive to avoid being hit. He could feel the pulse of the motor on his feet as he swam down. It was that close.
For the rest of our honeymoon, we got free drinks, extra money to gamble with and the best tables at all the restaurants.
And we are still married 28 years later. : )
I'm 1/3 of the way in and finding it easy reading. I like Nora and think her husband is a jackass :)
My husband grew up in South Florida, on the Atlantic side, and was used to the gentle, bathtub-like water. The first time he came to Cape Cod, where my family went every summer, he was all excited to hit the water. We went to Nauset Beach, set up our things, and then he went running down to the shore and straight into the water. And started shrieking. Apparently, he was not expecting the North Atlantic in June to be much different from what he was used to :-P He then got knocked over by a wave and got scrapes all over from the rocks and broken shells as the water pushed him back toward the beach. My cousins and I still tell that story, complete with high-pitched shrieking and "ow, ow, ow" which he kept saying all day.
>34 katiekrug: Poor guy. And now he has that story to live down for the rest of his life!! LOL
I am thinking their marriage is doomed. The only question is, will it be in this book or a later one? ; )
Additional comment--This is just me musing and it should come as no surprise since she starts making comments in like the first 30 pages of the book! Only time will tell. ; )
>35 Berly: -
I’m about half way and really enjoy this. I may be able to finish it at work tomorrow or Monday
Before Nate and I moved to Nova Scotia and we had all these ideas of living near the ocean and talking long walks on the beach together. Little did we know that we were moving to an area that was all rocky shores and the Atlantic Ocean was so cold that I couldn’t even swim, although our dog Jackson loved it! We were married ocean side in Peggy’s Cove and despite the rocks it was the best location that I ever could have asked for.
Yet another beach story.
I had recently moved to LA after college and was hoping to have my little dachshund Piglet live with me. I liked the beach at night and was sitting on the sand with Piglet wrapped in the front of my hoodie. A man approached and Piglet went wild, all 12 pounds of her. The man made a quick exit. Piglet, however declined, loudly, to live with someone who deserted her all day, so I lost my protection.
>34 katiekrug: >35 Berly: I'm hoping their marriage is doomed.
I've read the first four books so I'm just lurking in this conversation and really enjoying those spoilery bits. It's funny how the lives of the characters can sometimes take precedence over the mystery isn't it? Nora is a great character.
>41 lauralkeet: and >42 Crazymamie: - I find myself not caring much about the mystery itself, which seems to be getting needlessly drawn out. How many team briefings can one sit through where the same information is presented and nothing happens?
But I do really like the characters, so I'm enjoying the read.
I finished yesterday and really enjoyed it! I love both Norah and Thomas and can't wait to read more about them. I will buy the next book and keep going with this series
I finished it this morning and will come back to share my comments when I put them on my thread. Short version: I'll read the second one, but I hope it's a bit stronger.
Still Waters by Viveca Sten
This is the first in a series of mysteries set in the Swedish archipelago (which you should look up on Google Images - it's gorgeous!). The setting and the characters made it interesting, while the mystery itself just seemed to sort of drag on. I also found it stretched belief that
I've just started Still Waters. So far, so good. :) It's a welcome break from some of the others I am reading right now.
I am at least 1/4 of the way through it--maybe a little further. I'm enjoying it. I looked up the exact location of the island on a map and looked at Google Images to find photos of the island. I want to go there!
I've finished and enjoyed it, although as it's the first in the series I expect the others to be better.
I've gone on with the series as I like the characters and books two and three are better so I can see I shall be reading through the whole series - I own up to book 7 but I think there are more than that but not yet translated into English.
>41 lauralkeet: The characters were way more fun than the mystery in this one. Although I must admit (pats self on the shoulder) that I guessed who the culprit was about halfway through.
>42 Crazymamie: Hi Crazy!
>43 katiekrug: >46 katiekrug: Agreed and agreed!
>44 ChelleBearss: >45 katiekrug: I definitely enjoyed the characters enough to continue on and rumor has it that the books get better, too. Yay!
>47 streamsong: I can only handle light reads right now, so this was a perfect read. Hope you continue to like it.
>48 thornton37814: Maybe we should have a group trip to see the island?!
>49 CDVicarage: Glad to hear #2 and 3 are even better.
I finished reading #1 I want to find out what happens with Nora and her life and Thomas as well. They are likable characters. I think I am saving #2 for March. : )
>50 Berly: To be continued..... Does that mean the group read will continue through more of the series, Kim?
I finished the first one.
I'm hoping Berly will let us know if she wants to continue the series or if those of us who want to do so need to set it up on our own.
I finished it too.
The book was quite exciting and easy to read. The author also has a good eye for details and for her protagonists. Her fate seems to be more important to her than solving the murders, which disappointed me a little.
A few little things also bothered me -
I don't have good beach stories - We love to go for long walks (and good food) along the North Sea coast in spring.
It is wonderful to experience, but boring to tell.
Finished it up in a gulp! I'm definitely in for reading onward.
I also loved the character development and I'm anxious to read more about them, too.
Thanks to those who put their comments in spoiler tags. Perhaps those who didn't could add those tags - so the denouement would be more suspenseful
>59 thornton37814: Oooh hadn't thought of that last possibility, Lori. Of course
I finished the book. Overall it was enjoyable and easy to read.
Sorry--been under the weather. Haven't even read all the comments here but wanted you all to know I am happy to set up a thread for book two!! Very fun!!
>67 Berly: I wondered what had happened to you. Glad you are back, and I hope you are feeling better. I think several of us want to continue the series. I wasn't sure if folks wanted to do it monthly or every other month, quarterly, or what. I'll go with whatever. I'll just have to order #2 whenever.
>68 thornton37814: Good question, Lori.
For those who want to continue with the series, do we want to read
A) one a month or
B) one every other month or
C) one a quarter?
Let us know!!
I'd be up for A) ... or anything. I may read ahead and just comment on each thread as it's open. I'm not patient when it comes to finding series I enjoy and tend to gobble them up :)
>69 Berly: I'll go with whatever the majority is. Although I'm participating in several challenges with monthly commitments, at my present reading rate, I can probably keep up. I tend to read mysteries quickly anyway.
I'll abstain from voting, as I'm not sure when the mood will strike to read the next one. I rarely read straight through a series.
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