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BOOK REVIEW: LAST RITUALS:
AN ICELANDIC NOVEL OF SECRET SYMBOLS
MEDIEVAL WITCHCRAFT AND
MODERN MURDER
BY YRSA SIGURDARDOTTIR

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This book starts off in a way that will really make the reader pay attention. The good thing is that the author does an excellent job of continuing with this fast paced storyline that does not let up throughout the book.

A German student is murdered in Reykjavik and there was something very different about this murder. His mother, Amelia Guntlieb, does not believe the police have done a very thorough job in the investigation. She contacts Thora Gutmundsdottir and asks her to help with the case. Amelia wanted Thora to work with Matthew Reich who is a fine investigator but was not familiar with the Icelandic language. Thora is a divorced mother of two and the fee offered was good – twice her normal rate. After some hesitation, she decided to take the case.

Matthew and Thora discover something very interesting. The student was involved in an investigation of his own. He was also a member of a group of Icelanders fascinated with black magic.

Will Matthew and Thora find out what really happened and why the student was murdered?

Yrsa Sigurdardottir has done a fine job of writing this mystery. The author does a remarkable job of interjecting much of her knowledge of Iceland into the current story. She grabs the reader’s attention from the very beginning with an intriguing storyline, takes them through all the pieces of the puzzle with a tremendous amount of detail and concludes the novel in a way that will not be predictable. If you are looking for a novel that starts off with suspense and keeps right on going, “Last Rituals” is the one for you. I highly recommend this book.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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