The Stonecutter is the third in the Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck series which began with The Ice Princess (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 1) and followed up by The Preacher (Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 2) Patrick takes the lead when the young daughter of a friend of Erica’s is found drowned, with accusations flying around Fjallbacka about who has committed this terrible crime. Recently having had a baby girl, Maja, the crime resonates even more deeply with Patrick.
I enjoy these books but I am constantly astounded by the clues that are ignored by the Police, they may get a result but it does seem more by luck than judgement. The story is interspersed with another story set in the late 1920’s about a girl, Agnes growing up in Fjallbacka, it is obvious these two stories are linked but the how and why is revealed slowly.
The plot is good, the writing moves along at a speed although the translation has problems with tenses in places these are minor and didn’t spoil the writing for me. I didn’t find this one as much as a mystery as some of the others I have read (I have also read books 5 & 6) but this one is still well worth a read.
- A Spree of Swedish Mysteries (addictedtobooksandpastries.wordpress.com)