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Guiltless by Viveca Sten


by Viveca Sten

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Series: The Sandhamn series (3)

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The tiny Swedish island of Sandhamn has always been a haven for lawyer Nora Linde. With trouble brewing in her marriage, she finds its comforts more welcome than ever, even in the depths of winter. That is, until her two young sons trip across a severed arm in the woods. The boys' gruesome discovery will once again connect Nora with her childhood friend Thomas Andreasson, now a local police detective. When the limb is identified as belonging to a twenty-year-old woman who disappeared without a trace months earlier, what had been a missing persons case takes on a whole new urgency. Nora and Thomas delve deeply into the woman's final hours, each of them wrestling not only with the case but with the private demons it awakens in them. As they do, they'll find themselves drawn into the history of Sandhamn and the tensions that have been simmering just below the surface for more than a hundred years.… (more)



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This is the third entry in Swedish author Viveca Sten's Sandhamn series - police procedural set in the Stockholm Archipelago. The first two books were set in summer, but this one shows us what winter is like there - cold and harsh, and much less populated. I liked the part that old diary entries played into revealing some darker island history. Still not great writing - it feels a bit clunky, but I am wondering if that is due to translation. The characters are coming into their own, which I was happy to see. These are interesting and cozy mysteries, and even when you figure it out ahead of time, they compensate you with a well done sense of place. Recommended if you are looking for lighter fare in your mystery. ( )
  Crazymamie | May 9, 2018 |
This is a darker book than the two earlier entries in the series, but is still a good read, and leaves me looking forward to the arrival of the fourth book in the series in English. Some of the characters will be familiar to readers of the earlier books, as will the setting -- the Swedish island of Sandhamn. In this book, however, it is winter not summer, the island's population is down from thousands of summer people to a few hundred locals, and the island's past is reaching into the present. There are two story lines, one set in the present and the other from the early 1900's forward; the meshing of the two is well done, and if the identity of the murderer isn't a big surprise, the "why" is interesting. I strongly recommend reading this series in order, because the stories of the central characters develop from novel to novel. ( )
  annbury | May 28, 2017 |
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