My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Maybe a paranormal tag is a bit...too much but the story is partially narrated by the murder victim's ghost so...I Keep trying to read Scandinavian mysteries but they never click with me. This one wasn't so bad. Wilma Persson and Simon Kyrö are murdered by being set adrift from their tether to the hole in the ice in Vittangijärvi lake where they are diving to see a WWII plane wreck. The story opens with Wilma describing her death and the finding of her body some time later.
In some respects, this reminds me of a Columbo because we sort of know who did it. Even the detective, Anna-Maria Mella, pretty much knows who did it but getting evidence is another thing. Mella is hampered by an incidence (maybe in an earlier novel since this is #4 in a series but my first book with this series) where she and her partner had to shoot it out because she wouldn't wait. Her partner has not forgiven her. This parallels prosecutor Rebecka Martinsson who also had to shoot someone.
As she and Mella work the case which ties into a crime family that was Wilma was related to. They don't take well to police interest and do petty things to the women.
The odd thing and sometimes annoying thing was Wilma's spirit visited everyone (including Rebecka in a dream) and we keep getting all these flash backs (mostly they do tie in but it was odd).
Overall it wasn't bad. I mostly enjoyed it.
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