#IncidentReport | #BookReview | RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) by Will Dean @willrdean (January 10th 2019, Point Blank Books @ptblankbks @oneworldnews)

RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) by Will Dean
10th January 2019, Point Blank Books

TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?

It’s not very often that a character sticks in your mind quite like Tuva Moodyson, so it’s safe to say that straight after finishing DARK PINES, I was keen beans to get right back into Tuva’s life in RED SNOW.

Time has since passed since Tuva published her report on the Medusa Murders. A story which has opened opportunities for her and is due to move to a new job. In her final weeks before moving, a local business owner is witnessed to have committed suicide at the local liquorice factory. It is only when Tuva starts to dig a little deeper with the help of ghost-writer David Holmqvist does she discover a family with more secrets than employees!

The Grimberg family were fascinating to me. A grandmother, mother and daughter. Three generations of the same blood line, yet all three with their own very different personalities whilst living together in the factory. Each of them suffering from their own grief but trying to make the best of a bad lot. Will writes each character with such detail and care, whilst not enough to bore the reader, but to spark further interest that you want to know more!

I couldn’t help of thinking of the slow burning mysteries you become glued to in the likes of shows like Midsommer Murders where in a small town where everyone knows everyone and when investigating a crime, the threads start to unravel. Before you start to understand one truth, another thread unravels. Come the end of the book, you are stood over a ball of wool, wondering what to do next!

I shall sit here and catch my breath while I wait for Will to deliver us the next chapter in Tuva’s story. I’ll be waiting…maybe not patiently….but I’ll be waiting!

A big thank you to Point Blank Books & Will Dean for gifting me a copy of RED SNOW. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy RED SNOW (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #2) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.

#IncidentReport | #BookReview | DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) by Will Dean @willrdean (December 7th 2017, Point Blank Books @PtBlankBks @Oneworldnews)

DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) by Will Dean
7th December 2017, Point Blank Books

An isolated Swedish town.

A deaf reporter terrified of nature.

A dense spruce forest overdue for harvest. 

A pair of eyeless hunters found murdered in the woods.

It’s week one of the Swedish elk hunt and the sound of gunfire is everywhere. When Tuva Moodyson investigates the story that could make her career she stumbles on a web of secrets that knit Gavrik town together. Are the latest murders connected to the Medusa killings twenty years ago? Is someone following her? Why take the eyes? Tuva must face her demons and venture deep into the woods to stop the killer and write the story. And then get the hell out of Gavrik.

DARK PINES was one of those books I saw being heavily reviewed and spoken about in late 2017 across the bloggerverse and one I was more than interested in. As with most bookworms, it is sometimes impossible to read everything on your TBR straight away 😦 With the upcoming release of RED SNOW – the sequel to DARK PINES due in January, I knew I had to pull my finger out!

With Melbourne starting a rather hot summer, I welcomed the cold and wintery setting of rural Sweden. The town surrounded by woodland, ice and snow. Even in 30+ degree weather, the descriptions alone of the town were enough for my imagination to take me there and feel the same chills as Tuva.

Tuva Moodyson is a special character in that you don’t encounter many like her in crime fiction. A young deaf woman working for the local paper in order to build her portfolio in the hope of working for larger publications. When the body is discovered in the woods, with the eyes removed – Tuva sees this as her opportunity to put her all into the story and uncover the truth. She is a strong willed and determined character, however we get to see the softness she possesses in how she interacts with the townsfolk and her own mother.

If you are into gritty Nordic Noir with claustrophobic settings and unreliable characters, then DARK PINES is a must read!

A big thank you to Point Blank Books & Will Dean for gifting me a copy of DARK PINES. Despite what some may believe, this review has not been swayed in light of this!

You can buy DARK PINES (A Tuva Moodyson Mystery #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

-S.