This one was a quick and easy read. It has been lying in the drawer for some time and I felt the need to take a few days away from reading proper literature ( I have yet to finish Mill on the Floss !!).

This is standard police procedural fare. It ticks all the boxes for a murder mystery with our police “hero” Erlendur, chasing down the murderer of a seemingly unassuming elderly gentleman. A cryptic message at the crime scene gives little to go on, and for once it is not obvious who our potential murderer is. It gives nothing away to say that there is much hidden within families here. Our detective’s own family is very dysfunctional and there is an interlinked “missing person” story.

Everything seems very much out of the usual mould for this kind of fiction. It is none the worse for this but don’t go expecting something new and exciting.

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