Series Review: Helga Finnsdottir Mystery Series
Book I - "Kin"
Review by Becky
He can deny it all he likes, but everyone knows Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson brought home a great chest of gold when he retired from the longboats and settled down with Hildigunnur in a remote valley. Now, in the summer of 970, adopted daughter Helga is awaiting the arrival of her unknown siblings: dark, dangerous Karl, lithe, clever Jorunn, gentle Aslak, henpecked by his shrewish wife, and the giant Bjorn, made bitter by Volund, his idiot son. And they're coming with darkness in their hearts. The siblings gather, bad blood simmers and old feuds resurface as Unnthor's heirs make their moves on the old man's treasure - until one morning Helga is awakened by screams. Blood has been shed: kin has been slain. No one confesses, but all the clues point to one person - who cannot possibly be the murderer, at least in Helga's eyes. But if she's going to save the innocent from the axe and prevent more bloodshed, she's got to solve the mystery - fast . . .
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This is an extremely well written murder mystery with echoes to Poirot and Sherlock but set within the Viking era.
For one who is not usually patient enough for crime mysteries I was instantly gripped.
The dynamic and variety of characters that make up this extended family reunion, both men, women and children, are so 3D, realistic and exhibit personalities that we may all recognise in ourselves and our own families.
Yet the tensions and drama are wrapped around a mystery not just who will be murdered but the cause of death but literal and motive, who did it and who knows... and with a fanastic cast of suspects and so many clues or misleading clues... it really does keep the reader and the inquisitive character of Helga, guessing until the final pages.
I am extremely impressed in how superbly enjoyable this Viking Noir was to read and I am delighted that there will be another one.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
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