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Lindsey, that main protagonist, is a bit too flawed, fighting her self-destructive quirks while trying to hold together a blended family. As a Nobel Prize winner, I suppose she’s an example of the fine line between genius and insanity. She’s interesting, but I found her collaborator Sara more interesting and normal within today’s wide social spectrum. In all of this, the author never forgets the children, who often don’t understand and are innocent victims of adults’ personal turmoil.
Some character flaws lead to or are caused by lots of philandering going on in a tightly knit research environment. Lindsey and her adopted daughter’s history of substance abuse aside, it’s mostly men doing the philandering in this tale. I guess times have changed. I never saw this much action in a research environment before! I said it’s a microcosm, but it’s like condensed soup—some water must be added, and that’s where Ægir steps in. The curse of that Norse god of the sea—at least the sea around our national treasure, Cape Cod—isn’t only the true villain, he’s essential to this tale. Or, maybe it’s his daughters stirring up all the trouble?
While the focus is on the characters, the plot is interesting too. Anyone who saw PBS’s Viking specials or has followed pre-Colombian voyages to the New World (Vikings, Chinese, St. Brendan, and so forth) will like the archaeological intrigue surrounding the Woods Hole community on Cape Cod, Massachusetts—all fiction but distinctly possible. The Cape is a favorite spot for me; I know this setting well. I prefer the elbow area and beyond, but we’ve explored the entire lower part of the forearm too. That the Vikings’s Vinland was there just on the other side is an intriguing idea, to say the least.
Because scientific ethics is one of my interests, also interesting are the motivations surrounding the evidence for that fictional Vinland site. Scientific and political intrigue mix in real life as well—the discovery of DNA and the cold fusion hoax are two examples. I don’t doubt the Vikings were in North America. Where they were is another question. That question adds another dimension to this fascinating tale. That someone would go as far as commit a crime for academic advancement is a wee bit farfetched, but you never know.
The book is longer than most thrillers, more on the sci-fi side with its narrative (world building, if you will), but it moved along so well that I was never bored. Some of the Viking lore became a little tedious, though. On the other hand, at times I thought the book was going to end, and I gave a little hurrah! when it continued. Like all good thrillers, it’s a bit of a roller coaster ride. Hold onto your seat and have some fun. The author is logical and skilled at her trade. She has told an interesting story and has told it well.
I liked the feel of Woods Hole, charming seaside village. The intricate weaving of Nordic and Viking history was well done, enough to pique interest without taking over. The varied cast of characters were well drawn, plenty of intelligent, accomplished, strong female protagonists with their share of flaws and challenging backstory’s guaranteed to have you fully invested in their well-being throughout the book. The plot progressed nicely as the mystery builds, the ending – absolutely superb.
A very well written mystery full of intrigue and adventure, gripping, with wonderful characters.
So the second half finds us trying to find out who killed a beloved archaeologist and took his treasure; the map from the beginning of the story. In addition to catching a murderer, our heroine, Lindsay also takes up the task of figuring out what the strange illness plaguing the town is and finding a cure for it. That’s a mighty tall order, but it wouldn’t be an interesting read if the odds weren’t stacked against the main character. From what I gather, this is the second book in the Wood’s Hole Mysteries series, but I didn’t have trouble diving in and following the story.