Murdered in cold blood . . . And she wouldn’t be the last.
When Kirsty Wilson lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by Swedish student Eva Magnusson, she can’t believe her luck. But Kirsty’s delight turns to terror when she finds the beautiful Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male roommate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.
Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on trusted psychologist Solly Brightman to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva’s life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered. Horrified, Lorimer realizes that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow’s finest detective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of the next innocent victim?
About the Author
Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English.
Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.
A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.
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If you follow my blog/reviews, you may have noticed that I have been reading a lot of books in this series. I admit I’m addicted!! THE SWEDISH GIRL is the 10th book in the DCI Lorimer series but easily reads as a stand-alone. Eva Magnusson, the Swedish girl has come to Glasgow to attend the University. Her father, a multi-millionaire has purchased a luxury apartment for her and 4 other roommates that he has hand picked to live there. Soon after, Eva is found dead. One of the roommates is suspected of the killing and sent off to prison. However, while imprisoned, there are other murders and the victims all resemble Eva. Have the police arrested the wrong man? Thus starts the nonstop suspense! Ms. Gray’s writing style grabs the reader and doesn’t let go to the very end. With this book, I kept going back and forth as to who I thought the murderer was. Did I figure it out? A riveting and entertaining page turner! I had trouble putting this one down….and then…..! WAIT! WHAT!!! The killer is WHO!!?? And then Ms. Gray drops the other shoe..WHOA! A jaw dropping ending! To answer the question…no I hadn’t figured it out! I highly recommend not only this book but the series!! Will be starting the next book in the series, THE SILENT GAMES in the very near future! Can’t wait!
3.5 Stars DS Lorimer is back to his old station, but is now the boss. It doesn't take long for a new murder investigation only this time he has to wait for his team to keep him updated. Eva Magnusson a beautiful, rich college student. Her flatmates are Kirsty, daughter of another detective and Colin, Roger and Gary ... all handpicked by her father. Kiisty is absolutely horrified to find Eva lying dead in their home, a vicitm of murder. And she is horrified when the police arrest the one man Kirsty swears would never have hurt anyone, least of all Eva. Refusing to accept that he is guilty, she turns to family friend DS Lorimer to help. But when a series of women, all who look very much like Eva, are attacked, bludgened and then strangled, Lorimer begins to have doubts himself about the young man they have jailed. Once he starts investigating, with Kirsty's help, he finds that Eva may have been hiding a lot of dark secrets from everyone. Although 10th in this series, it's perfectly fine as a stand alone. However, as always, I recommend starting at the beginning to watch how the characters seem to grow into their stories. The story premise is a good one, with twists and turns and lots of suspects to keep a reader satisfied. It becomes very suspenseful when Eva's secrets ... and those of others ... come to light. The characters are credible with one exception. Police generally do not suggest that a private citizen, let alone a young college girl, help with the investigation, especially knowing there is another killer out there. Many thanks to the author / Harper Collins / Edelweiss for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.