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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual murder mystery
Have.enjoyed others in the series featuring Detective Kimmo Joentaa. The setting of the dank Finnish winter adds to the atmosphere and Joentaa's house like the man is in a lonely place. The premise for this murder is cleverly constructed and although the reader is given insights into the killers mind it is not revealed who it is until the end of the book. Jan Costin...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moody atmosphere starts well but disappoints in the end
This moody tale is set in Finland in the winter, over the Christmas season, so lots of snow and dark nights. It starts on 24 December and ends on 1 January. Life and death goes on as normal, and the snow is no hindrance to the murderer. There are lots of complicated Finnish names to get your head around but that helps create the feeling of place of Finland in the depths...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Moody atmosphere starts well but disappoints in the end, 14 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Winter of the Lions (Detective Kimmo Joentaa) (Paperback)
This moody tale is set in Finland in the winter, over the Christmas season, so lots of snow and dark nights. It starts on 24 December and ends on 1 January. Life and death goes on as normal, and the snow is no hindrance to the murderer. There are lots of complicated Finnish names to get your head around but that helps create the feeling of place of Finland in the depths of winter.

The book gets off to a good start and an unusual story-line when the police pathologist (who had been a guest on a chat show) is found stabbed on a ski trail. This is followed by further attacks on Helsinki's answer to 'Oprah' and another of his guests.

Detective Kimmo Joentaa of the Turku police department takes charge of the day to day investigation work. Kimmo is a contemplative 30-something, widowed and lonely, going home to a dark house - until a new woman comes into his life, a prostitute. It is not what it sounds like, but more than a bit weird none-the-less.

Most of the action moves to Helsinki where the Turku team displaces the Helsinki detectives in solving the crime. Kimmo's musings and the author's device of giving us glimpses in mini-chapters of the life and doings of the probable killer give us broad clues to the identity of the killer.

This is quite a short book, 266 pages but with 93 chapters. Chapter 79 comprises two sentences. Quite a few of these short chapters are dedicated to the mystery person, and we have assume that this person is the killer.

At times I found this quite hard going and I am not sure how much of that was due to something being lost in translation. I think it would translate very well to TV serial format which would get around the awkwardness of some of the writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual murder mystery, 31 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Winter of the Lions (Detective Kimmo Joentaa) (Paperback)
Have.enjoyed others in the series featuring Detective Kimmo Joentaa. The setting of the dank Finnish winter adds to the atmosphere and Joentaa's house like the man is in a lonely place. The premise for this murder is cleverly constructed and although the reader is given insights into the killers mind it is not revealed who it is until the end of the book. Jan Costin Wagner writes in a laid back manner but builds the tension to a dramatic close.
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