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I have read previous books in this series, and enjoyed them (which is why I bought this one); but this one is eminently forgettable. It is a boring read. The storyline is far-fetched, and the denouement makes deus ex machina look intricate. Don't waste money on this one.
First, I have read and enjoyed other stories about Maria Kallio and her homeland of Finland. I wanted to know how modern Finland is and how it operates compared to western European nations or North American. And I learned a lot. I appreciated Maria's developing family and the juggle to balance personal life with her work demands. That's something we all share, I suspect. But then this book went on and on without any zing to make the mystery interesting, and I didn't like so many characters with names I couldn't pronounce. I think we could have had a better story with fewer characters is what I'm saying, regardless of their names. However, it was a story that unfolded slowly, and I stayed with it to the end. It was not a surprise revelation for me but a tidy cleanup. She can write better than this one.
Gripping from start to finish, with a lot of "oh no" moments. Forget about the pronounciation of the names! Since this is #10 of the series I recommend starting with "First murder" and enjoy the building context of the series. Happy reading!
It's no wonder that, when you've been working for something since grade school, you might get confused about the line between right and wrong, especially if someone comes along promising a short cut to success. It's the same for the fans.