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Scandinavian Crime | Fatal Isles | Maria Adolfsson

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Fatal Isles by Maria Adolfsson.

A remote island. A brutal murder. A secret hidden in the past . . .

In the middle of the North Sea, between the UK and Denmark, lies the beautiful and rugged island nation of Doggerland.
Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Hornby has returned to the main island, Heimö, after many years in London and has worked hard to become one of the few female police officers in Doggerland.

So, when she wakes up in a hotel room next to her boss, Jounas Smeed, she knows she’s made a big mistake. But things are about to get worse: later that day, Jounas’s ex-wife is found brutally murdered. And Karen is the only one who can give him an alibi.

The news sends shockwaves through the tight-knit island community, and with no leads and no obvious motive for the murder, Karen struggles to find the killer in a race against time.

Soon she starts to suspect that the truth might lie in Doggerland’s history. And the deeper she digs, the clearer it becomes that even small islands can hide deadly secrets . . .

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I enjoyed this police thriller set in fictitious island nation of Doggerlans in between the UK and Denmark.

Detective Inspector Karen Eiken Hornby is an interesting character with her own flaws and problems. After drinking too much at an annual festival, Karen wakes up next to her boss, someone she despises.

Unfortunately, later on that day Karen is called into a murder investigation. The victim is her boss’s ex wife Suzanne. An awkward investigation as her first interview is with her boss Jounas Smeed.

There are a few chapters which go back to the 1970’s and these are crucial to explain Suzanne’s past.

An interesting read with a great ending. At times it seemed the author included too much detail but I enjoyed her detail of the islands.

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Maria Adolfsson (b. 1958) lives in Stockholm where she, until recently, worked as a communications director and now writes full-time. The Doggerland series has been sold in to 18 languages to date, and has sold over 250 000 copies in Sweden alone. 


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