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Corgi, 2009 - Archaeologists - 429 pages
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'One of Scandinavia's best crime writers, no mean compliment in a crowded field' The Times

It's summer on Gotland and an international group of archaeology students are excavating an ancient Viking site. The camaraderie and holiday spirits of the group are shattered when one of their number, a Dutch student called Martina, disappears. Rumours abound about a secret relationship she was having with someone on the island, but is her disappearance simply a lover's intrigue?

When the body of a horse is discovered in a local farmer's field, other rumours begin to circulate. The horse had been decapitated and the head has vanished.

As Inspector Knutas begins his investigation, echoes from Gotland's Viking past begin to trouble his search. When Martina's naked body is found hanging from a tree, with what look like ritualistic markings on her skin, there can be little further question. Someone is calling to the old Gods of Gotland. Martina has been killed according to the Viking ritual of the three-fold death, and the one thing the ritual points to is that more deaths will follow.

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User Review  - rwt42 - LibraryThing

Scandinavian crime fiction. Mari Jungstedt. Set in Sweden. The third mystery in a series (the first I've read). Inspector Anders Knutas. Above average prose. But the personalization of Knutas is so ... Read full review

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User Review  - smik - LibraryThing

Note to self: put Gotland on my list of dangerous places never to be visited! (My list includes St. Mary Mead, and Midsomer and neighbouring villages - what does yours include?) For a summer vacation ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Mari Jungstedt is one of the most successful crime fiction authors in Sweden, and has sold over 3 million copies of her books worldwide. Barry Forshaw writes that her Inspector Knutas novels are 'among the most rarefied and satisfying pleasures afforded by the field'. She has written nine novels set on the island of Gotland and featuring Knutas.

Mari lives in Stockholm with her husband and two children.

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