In The Corpse Flower, a lawyer is killed in his home in Denmark. His home security camera picks up the image of Anna, covered in blood, staring up at the camera. She then disappears. No connection is found by the police between the victim and the suspect.
Years later, Heloise, a troubled reporter, receives letters purportedly from Anna postmarked in various cities in France. At the same time, a woman reports a sighting of Anna in France to the detective in charge of the case Erik. Heloise and Erik investigate.
I love both Nordic noirs and British police procedurals. Even though Heloise is a reporter not a detective, this book feels more like the latter. It’s perfect for armchair detectives. However, it is lacking in the gloomy and desolate setting of most Nordic noirs.
The Corpse Flower is a great character-driven police procedural. All the clues are there for an astute reader to solve the various mysteries—both large and small—within. 4 stars!
Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.