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Some reviewers called this book a "cozy mystery" because of its lack of violence and brutality. I associate the term cozy mystery with authors like Diana Mott Davidson and Nancy Atherton, so I was a bit surprised by this analysis. But it is true that the violence is all off-screen in this book, which I appreciate. I like to read about the solving of murders, not the committing of them.
Discussions of international crime fiction are all over the Web. If you haven't visited the Eurocrime Web site, you could start there. I also discovered this site, Detectives Beyond Borders, which looked really interesting. I feel a little overwhelmed by all the choices.
Here’s another thing: while all these mysteries are fun to read, they are not so interesting to write about. I’m feeling a little bit of pressure to return to topics (or in this case, novels) that make for more interesting blog posts. I do have one more Karin Fossum book checked out of the library, so we’ll see if I take that on, or return to more usual fare, in the next few days.(Book 44, 2007)