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The Preacher (Patrik Hedstrom and Erica Falck, Book 2) by [Läckberg, Camilla]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
Book 2 of 9 in Patrick Hedstrom and Erica Falck (9 Book Series)
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Australian praise for ‘The Ice Princess’:

'A genuine whodunit that leaves you guessing right to the end, then throws in a few more twists in the final pages, just for good measure' Courier Mail

‘A Swedish murder mystery with a backdrop cold enough to make you put on a jumper… a Must Read’ Daily Telegraph

‘Well-written, plausible crime fiction’ Herald Sun

Praise for ‘The Ice Princess’:

‘Heart-stopping and heart-warming, The Ice Princess is a masterclass in Scandinavian crime writing’ Val McDermid

"Camilla Lackberg is a more than welcome addition to the growing ranks of Scandinavian crime writers translated into English. With its sharp emotional nuances and psychological insight, ‘The Ice Princess’ builds in suspense as the author turns her clear eye on the buried secrets and contemporary relationships of a small, isolated community. I predict that Fjallbacka and its crimes and people will soon be as poplular here as they are in her native Sweden" Peter Robinson


'Strong portrayals and ice-cold suspense from Sweden's new Agatha Christie, My Life 'Ingenious, Metropol 'This is unputdownable. Lackberg keeps the thrills coming until the very end' Viva 'Camilla Lackberg was voted Swedish Writer of the Year for 2005. Bring on the next one!' Crimezone.nl 'An amazingly mature, well thought-out and exciting criminal novel...Leckberg stands out as the best first-time offender of the year, Jury

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1332 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (9 Feb. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9QQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Camilla Läckberg laid good foundations for a crime series in her first book, The Ice Princess. In this, her second, she builds successfully on these foundations.

The story opens with a strong and very visual scene. A small boy, playing where he has been told not to, stumbles across the body of a young woman. And that's not all - when police examine the scene they find older remains of two more women below the first body.

The story then moves to Erica Falck and Patrik Hedstrøm, Camilla Läckberg's two principal serial characters. He is on leave and the couple is at home together in her childhood home when Patrik is called back to work to investigate the three killings.

Hooray for a detective who isn't an idiosyncratic maverick but a regular person with a familiar family life!

The two older bodies are swiftly linked to the cases of two young girls who went missing some twenty years ago. Back then, suspicion fell on the members of a prominent local family, and signs point to them again.

The Hult family is descended from Ephraim Hult, a distinguished and charismatic preacher and healer. Living in the shadow of such a man is not easy and the family has many deep seated troubles and feuds.

Meanwhile, Erica is heavily pregnant in the middle of a heatwave and she is plagued by friends and relations who expect to visit and be looked after. It's the price of living in a large house in beautiful countryside. And she worries about sister, who has left her abusive husband but will maybe take more missteps.

And so the story weaves between the police investigation, the family under scrutiny and Erica and Patrik's family life.
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'The Preacher' is the author's second novel.and like
the first ,set in a small Swedish coastal town,which is
basking in a hot summer.It is a riveting read ,and confirms
her place amongst the panoply of first-rate Scandinavian
crime novelists.
A naked young woman is found murdered,together with the
skeletons of two women who went missing from the town 20 years
previously.The likeable Detective Patrik Hedstrom,whose wife
Erica is heavily pregnant, leads the investigation,impeded by
some indolent and incompetent colleagues.After a teenaged female
holiday-maker goes missing the enquiry turns it's attention onto
the dysfunctional Hults family.
Interspersed with the police procedural aspects are details
of the relationships and domestic lives of some of the characters,
emphasing the fact that horrendous crime is often rooted amongst
ordinary people and their normal concerns.
The reader can never be sure as to the motivation for the
crimes,and it is this that holds one's attention to the end.
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Having started by being impressed with the fifth book in this series The Hidden Child through the Amazon Vine program I was keen to read the rest. The Ice Princess (Patrik Hedstrom 1) was a good introduction to the characters and now they begin to develop further.

Not for Camilla Lackberg the off the wall policeman, instead we have Patrik Hedstrom, an ordinary man waiting for the birth of his first child with Erica, an author of note. The book starts with the recent death of a young woman from Germany, lying on top of the skeletons of two girls who had been missing for 24 years. Patrik and the other policemen in Fjallbacka struggle with the case, who could have committed the crime and why. The lives of the suspects are explored, Erica is able to play a minimal role due to the impending birth of her child but is there in a domestic setting throughout the book, including her relationship with her younger sister Anna. I do like the real characters that are present in this series it makes the books more than a simple crime story although there is plenty of crime committed in this one!

Again this book had me hooked, despite the translation which was odd in parts, I am now going to download the next in the series The Stonecutter (Patrik Hedstrom 3)
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Format: Paperback
"The Preacher" (Predikanten) is the second of Camilla Läckberg's mystery novels. I haven't read the first one, The Ice Princess, but that didn't cause any trouble for me as this works as a standalone novel.

A young girl is found murdered together with the remains of two young girls who were reported missing 24 years ago and never found. Patrik, a local police, tries to find the murderer and figure out the connection between the murder and the previous disappearances. Meanwhile, his wife Erica is at home, pregnant, and there's quite a lot of focus on their family life and especially a subplot involving Erica's sister Anne's problems with the men in her life that takes a bit too much focus off the main plot, the murder mystery, without adding anything to the novel. It's still a decent mystery novel with a well constructed mystery, although I can think of some minor plot holes that I won't go into so as not to spoil anything.

The Preacher is a readable but not great mystery novel. 3 stars.
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