The Second Deadly Sin: A Rebecka Martinsson Investigation (Rebecka Martinsson 5)
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This is my second Rebecka Martinsson novel although it is the fifth in the series. Reading out of order wasn't a problem though because, other than a few minor nods to previous cases, The Second Deadly Sin is an entirely self-contained story and a thrilling one at that. Larsson grabbed my attention from the first pages and hardly let up until the end. I love that she manages to firmly ground her writing in her northern Sweden locations, bringing the people and landscapes chillingly to life without sacrificing tension or the exciting pace. Everywhere felt so beautiful that I now want to visit this part of the world - except for the high murder rate of course, but I suspect it's not quite as dangerous there in reality!
Larsson's breathless ride meant I could easily suspend as much disbelief as was necessary - these aren't novels to be over-analysed - and I appreciated the intertwined storylines. The historical Elina allows us to look back to 1910s Sweden and compare lifestyles then with their equivalents a century later. The strong character portrayals are always interesting and, of course, Larsson's women are always far more than decorative ornamentation or semi-clad murder victims which is refreshing for the crime fiction genre. I think my OH has already bought at least two more books in the Rebecka Martinsson series and I look forward to devouring them!
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