Today is my spot on the blog tour for Murder in Malmö by Torquil MacLeod, the second in his Inspector Anita Sundström euro noir crime series.
Published by: McNidder & Grace (23rd July 2015)
A gunman is loose in Malmö and he's targeting immigrants.
The charismatic head of an advertising agency is found dead in his shower.
Inspector Anita Sundström wants to be involved in the murder investigations, but she is being sidelined by her antagonistic boss. Instead, she is assigned to find a stolen painting by a once-fashionable artist, as well as being lumbered with a new trainee assistant. She also has to do to restore her professional reputation after a deadly mix-up in a previous high-profile case. Then another prominent Malmö businessman is found murdered and Sundström finds herself back in the action and facing new dangers.
Having enjoyed getting to know Inspector Anita Sundström in Meet me in Malmö, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel to feature the Swedish detective and had high expectations.
Sundström starts this book as the underdog and has several belligerent male colleagues that oppose her every attempt to get involved in the murder cases. Although she looks upon her new trainee as another obstacle to overcome initially, his initiative eventually impresses. As the story grows, so does Sundström as a character. We learn more about her emotional side and vulnerability.
With compelling characters and a tantalizing plot, I found Murder in Malmö to be head and shoulders above its predecessor. From the very outset, suspense and intrigue abound. As every new chapter raised the level of tension, so the twists and turns in the story became increasingly complex and the book more difficult to put down. I'm looking forward to catching up with Inspector Sundström when Missing in Malmö is published next month.
Thanks to Linda at McNidder & Grace for providing me with a review copy of Murder in Malmö.
The last few remaining days of the tour schedule -
22nd August - Mystery People http://mysterypeople.co.uk
23rd August - Crime Thriller Girl http://crimethrillergirl.com
24th August - La Crème de la Crime http://lacremedelacrime.wordpress.com
Here's author Torquil MacLeod in the city of Malmö -