Camilla Lackberg, has based her mystery/police procedural series in Fjallbacka, on the west coast of Sweden featuring police detective Patrik Hedstrom and his mystery writer wife, Erica Falck. Patrik is taking paternity leave to look after the couple's daughter Maja while Erica is getting back to work and writing a new novel.
At the same time, Erica finds an old Nazi medal mixed in with her mother's diaries. She takes the medal to a local historian who will examine it and report back . Unfortunately, the man is murdered, and this opens up a mystery that involves her mother and other people who lived during the 1940's and the war. With the introduction of neo-Nazis in the news, in particular in Norway, this storyline takes a nice twist. Patrik becomes involved part-time because his colleagues do not trust that their boss, Melberg is capable of handling this type of investigation. Erika becomes more involved in the mystery because of what she finds out about her mother.
We are also privy to the private lives of Erika and Patrik as Patrik tries to care for Maja. However, he keeps bothering Erika who is writing at home, and this leads to many discussions of parental responsibilities. Erika's sister Anba and her new partner, Dan have issues surrounding their combined children and in particular, his teenager, Belinda. We also meet Patrik's colleagues at the police department. We get to know Melberg and the new, detective, Paula.
This is a well written storyline, full of surprises and the introduction of all of the characters is indeed, well done. The alternating chapters between 1944 and the present are tiring, and I skipped over some of the 1940's. However, I think this is one of the best novels written by this author. I look forward to the next one.
Recommended. prisrob 05-10-14