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The Princess of Burundi (Ann Lindell Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An award winning Swedish police procedural

    In Libro, Sweden, everyone is stunned when the mutilated corpse body of husband and father John Harald Jonsson, out on a job, is found in the snow. Based on the disfigurement, whoever killed the renowned cichlids tropical fish expert, passionately hated John. Death had to be a relief for the obvious evidence like three cut off fingers that shows he suffered while alive. Thus, homicide detectives Ola Haver and Ann Lindell, who comes off maternity leave to work the case, hone in on a forty-two year old troubled person, his family, and especially an acrimonious nutcase who apparently had a run in with John.----- However, proof proves difficult to come by making the two sleuths wonder if they are going down a wrong path. Reassessing what they know and suspect, Ola and Anna continue to search for the motive by someone who obviously detested the victim, but could it have to with his personal life or his work at the aquarium that led to this vicious homicide.----- This tranlastion of an award winning Swedish police procedural reads in many ways more like a deep insightful psychological thriller though the detectives diligently work the homicide. The characterization is top rate as the audicne undertsnads what motivates several key players while the support cast enhances that perception. Fans will enjoy the excitng tale and look forward to hopefully more translations of the works of Kjell Eriksson, perhaps THE ILLUMINATED PATH.... Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

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    Clever, mystifying and absorbing tale of crime

    Winner of the Best Swedish Crime Fiction in 2002, The Princess of Burundi is the first novel which introduced Inspector Ann Lindell and the writer Kjell Eriksson to U.S. mystery readers

    A Brief Summary

    Just before Christmas, a jogger finds a dead body in the snow, and the peace in the town of Libro in the Swedish region of Uppsala is shattered. The members of police force soon uncover the identity of the victim: John Jonsson, known to everyone as Little John, was a respectable family man and a local expert on tropical fish. But he had been quite a troublemaker, and his delinquent past seems to have caught up with him.

    Despite being on maternity leave, Inspector Ann Lindell is determined to find John's murderer. The cruel cat-and-mouse game that follows plus some additional murder cases leads Ann to a deadly confrontation with a treacherous killer. Ann must decide whether to take a huge risk that could result in many more dead bodies in the snow, including hers and that of her unborn child.

    Our Take

    Author Eriksson, similiar to many other Scandinavian crime novelists, portrays a rather cold and dark sociological landscape of his native country and it's people. He provides a snowy setting filled with little clues here and there to the solution of Little John's murder. The plot is also filled with an array of characters who deal with their own severe problems and challenges. The author skillfully captures the interplay among these characters whose shortcomings must be overcome in order for the puzzle to be unlocked. Eriksson is not shy in voicing his political or cultural views and we occasionally see the traces of the author's liberal viewpoints in the story.

    Reader doesn't need any knowledge of other Ann Lindell stories to understand the story and as the chapters are very short, the book can be written even in one sitting.

    Overall, a clever, mystifying and absorbing tale of crime which keeps the reader engaged from the beginning to the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    I read this book twice because I thought maybe I missed something, no I didn,t mis anyrhing it,s just not a book worth readind

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Not bad

    I enjoyed it but the ending was too abrupt and Little John's brother's actions at the end did not make sense to me.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    highly recommend

    Very good book. I look forward to reading next in the series. I really enjoy the swedish authors. Great story line and characters

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