February 9th, 2019 by diane92345

A Stalker is loose in Stockholm and Detective Joona Linna is hunting him before he can kill again.

A serial killer is sending YouTube links to the Swedish National Crime Unit showing peeping Tom video of women right before they are murdered. What connects the videos or woman? Who could the serial killer be? Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the case.  She recruits Detective Joona Linna who then recruits Maria Bark, a hypnotist, to assist. As the serial killer continues to kill, the killing method is linked to an old case that imprisoned a possibly innocent man.

There aren’t many clues to be found in this lengthy but enthralling thriller. However, it is fun just to follow the case work of the Swedish detectives. Even though this book clocks in at over 500 pages, it doesn’t seem that long as you are reading it. Stalker is highly recommended for readers looking for a dark intelligent Scandinavian noir. 4 stars!

Thanks to Knopf and NetGalley for a copy that I wished for in exchange for an honest review.

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The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes
August 23rd, 2018 by diane92345

Set in Europe in the 1600s, The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes is an overlong but enthralling mystery.

Told from the point of view of Adrien, a Jesuit sent by his church to investigate Descartes’ death.  As the amateur sleuth finds a multitude of suspects, the book quickly becomes a mystery set in an unusual environment, the court of Sweden’s Queen Christina.

Most thrillers are relatively short around 350 pages to keep the action exciting.  The Irrationalist: The Tragic Murder of Rene Descartes is much longer at 508 pages.  Adding in all the historical details takes a few pages, I get it.  However, once past the length, the story draws the reader into a different time and place.  There are few books so good at making you totally forget your own problems (and occasionally to eat). In addition, you will learn quite a bit about history and philosophy though I don’t know enough to know what is fact and what is fiction. This book is highly recommended to historical fiction fans.  For thriller fans, probably not as much. It would make a good public television mini-series. 4 stars!

I received an electronic copy of the book from Online Book Club but that in no way impacted my honest review.

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