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Nordic Nights (Alix Thorssen Mysteries) Hardcover – November 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Alix Thorssen Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company; 1St Edition edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802733409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802733405
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Set in wintry Jackson Hole, Wyo., this crisp, straightforward mystery plunges gallery owner Alix Thorssen into the local Nordic Nights festival, which features ice carving, a parade, ski racesAand a startling murder. Famous Norwegian painter Glasius Dokken, who had come to town for his show at Alix's gallery, is found stabbed with an ice pick in the hotel room of an itinerant and provocative fortune-teller. Arrested for the killing is Alix's glumly stoic stepfather (his fingerprints were all over the crime scene), who reveres his Scandinavian heritage and has painstakingly crafted a replica of a Viking ship to be displayed in the parade. Alix, persistent and unflappable, begins to investigate, but accidents plague her and her family: the Viking ship nearly crushes her; her mother barely escapes a hit-and-run; and Bjarne, a seductive ski-racer who has beguiled Alix, is also implicated in the murder. McClendon works a good deal of Nordic folklore into her story. The fortune-teller is a specialist in runes, and her silver-and-wood tools quickly become a central point in the case: Are the runes museum quality? Have they been stolen? The third entry in the McClendon's series (after The Bluejay Shaman) conjures up the icy beauty of Jackson Hole, and though the dialogue can be stilted, her agreeably feisty heroine and a hair-raising finale will keep readers entertained throughout the night, Nordic or otherwise. (Dec.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Alix Thorssen, gallery owner and sometime sleuth (The Painted Truth) in Jackson, WY, fends for her stepfather when he is jailed for the murder of a famous visiting Norwegian painter. A local festival involving a parade, ice sculptures, ski races, and rune-stone readers serves as background for the action. The victim's painted murals depicting Norse mythology fit right in. As she looks for the real culprit, Alix deals with an out-of-town boyfriend, an in-town wanna-be lover, a worried and cranky mother, the gallery, and increasing danger to herself. A solid, enticing addition to the series.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

It's been a long time coming but finally a sequel to Blackbird Fly is winging your way! The Girl in the Empty Dress finds Merle Bennett back in France, this time with all four of her sisters plus one friend. The friend, a law colleague of one sister, is moody and secretive and the Bennetts don't warm toward her. When she finds an injured dog along the roadside and determines to keep it, the walking tour of the Dordogne takes a dark and dangerous turn. Who is this dog everyone is after? And who is Gillian Sargent, the friend no one knows?

So exciting to be back in France again with the sisters. I did my own walking tour of France in 2012. It was much less exciting, but no more delightful, than the story told in The Girl in the Empty Dress.
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Lise McClendon writes fiction from her home in Montana. She is the author of nine novels, short stories, and articles. In 1997 she wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest. She has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference and co-presents the workshop for writers, Truly Richly Deeply: Structure and Depth in the Novel.

Lise also writes under the pseudonym Rory Tate. Jump Cut (2011) and PLAN X (2013) are by Rory Tate.

"After thirty years writing fiction has become as necessary as breathing. Finding the essential story in the novel, chipping away the rock until the solid core is revealed, is an adventure and a joy."

Customer Reviews

She's a very likable and real character in an interesting location.
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Many things that were dropped as "red herrings" were given too much importance and detracted from the story.
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The worse part was that I paid money for the book & not read it for free.
Alan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By E. Arthur on December 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After reading The Bluejay Shaman and Painted Truth by Lise McClendon, I expected to read a beautifully written and carefully crafted mystery alive with intriguing characters. Nordic Nights was all of those things plus much more. It was full of suspense, humor and a terrific sense of place. I could practically feel the cold as she described it. The twisty plot kept me glued to the book until the very end. McClendon's characters jumped off the page and told the story to me, and I was entertained throughout the book. I highly recommend Nordic Nights!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jeanny House on January 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If the wind is blowing, the snow is whirling, and the skies are clouding over, curl up with NORDIC NIGHTS. You'll get so involved in this story of murder, mayhem, Viking ships, runes, gorgeous Norwegian cross country skiers and family dynamics against the backdrop of Wyoming's Grand Teton mountains that you'll forget you're going to have to go out and shovel the sidewalks when this is over. And if you live in warmer climes, curl up with it and take a fun armchair journey to a different world.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Avid Mystery Reader on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having read Nordic Nights, I now need to go find all the other Alix Thorssen books. She's a very likable and real character in an interesting location. McClendon has a real talent for describing people and places in an interesting manner. The book revolves around a winter festival in Wyoming -- and it made me homesick for real snow! The art gallery as the base of the plot was not "insider-ish" (something that's a turn-off for me, the whole "I know things you don't know" style of writing) but still educational. All in all, an interesting, fun read about someone I want to get to know better. (her brother too!)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Cornett on March 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I sent all three of Lise's Alix Thorssen books to avid readers on my Christmas list. Everyone responded with positive comments. They were glad to have all three in their possession so they could continue the adventures non-stop. They compared them to the early Hillerman books. They thought the books were excellent gifts, which, of course, I liked hearing. Lise has the skill to keep the mystery alive throughout the book, keep the reader intrigued with the relationships among the characters, and throw in interesting, educational tidbits about the settings. After reading Nordic Nights, I was ready for the next Alix book. Unfortunately, I have to wait awhile until it comes out. Fortunately, Lise has another book soon out with a new strong, female lead character. I look forward to more of her stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spud on November 24, 2011
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Indie review By Jeremy Poole
Nordic Nights (The Alix Thorssen Mysteries) by Lise McClendon
I really expected too much from this mystery thriller. I'd read reviews that gave it all four and five stars. They were wrong!
The writing is good and well crafted, but the sheer unbeleivability and lack of drive left me cold.
Alix, our heroin, is wonderful and hardworking with a sense of justice, so we're told too many times. She is dragged into a mystery where an artist is killed and her mother's boyfriend is blamed. Sounds like a good plot, and it could have worked, if only the inconsistencies were ironed out. For instance, Alix is shot at, three times, through here shop window, she puts cardboard over the bullet hole and carries on working. She never calls the police, or any help at all. The bullets went through a couple of works of art, which didn't belong to her and she told the Norwegian consulate, it was kids driving by having fun????
Then, she is kidnapped, escapes, runs through and American town being shot at. No one call the police, she goes into a hotel and then doesn't call the cops, but sneaks out the back. Sorry too unbelievable. And all for a stone. I don't buy it.
It was a struggle to finish this book, so I'm sorry Lise but I can't recommend Nordic nights to anyone. Two stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent Braithwaite on July 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a mystery author, I read NORDIC NIGHTS in preparation for an author panel I was moderating at a recent Left Coast Crime mystery convention. I was glad I did. Lise McClendon has a terrific book here. It takes place in Wyoming during a winter festival. It features her strong female lead, Alix Thorssen. Norse myths even have a part in the story. Good plot. Great characters. Excellent descriptions of the unusual setting. Excellent work all around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hening-Speedone on March 12, 2013
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The writing is crisp, the characters are likable & the location is beautifully handled. The plot moved along nicely & the main character showed her intelligence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bottlekatz on May 9, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed all of the Alix Thorssen mysteries so far, and will be looking for more in the future. Bring 'em on!
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