Monday, September 5, 2011

Snow Angels (Inspector Kari Vaara, #1)Snow Angels by James Thompson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful Somalian refugee-turned-actress is found murdered on a reindeer farm, gruesomely mutilated, a racial slur carved into her chest. Inspector Kari Vaara, head of the rural police force, is under great pressure not only to solve this crime himself, without the help of the big-city cops from Helsinki, but also to keep the potentially explosive case out of the news. Sufia Elmi had become a tabloid fixture, and her death—not to mention the awful way she met it—is sure to send shock waves across this insular, secretly racist country. Was this murder a hate crime, a sex crime—or both?

I want to say two things about Snow Angesls:

1. Wow!!!

2. Yippee!!!

Wow- because this was such a fast paced, totally engrossing, no holds bar murder mystery. Of course the whole time I am trying to figure out who did who in, since the story involved more than one murder. I was VERY surprised by the ending - totally caught off guard by the identity of one of the murderers. I love when an author can do this - great job to Mr. Thompson.

Yippee - because this is just #1 of a series and I can definately see reading more - in fact #2 Lucifer's Tears is already waiting on my kindle.

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