Stuff and Nonsense: The Blood Spilt


The Blood Spilt

Nearly two years since the murders in Kiruna and Rebecka Martinsson is still picking up the pieces of her life. On sick leave from the law firm, she's been hanging out in one of the partner's summer cottages, making compost, and puttying window frames. And definitely not remembering what happened in Kiruna. But then, of course, she's drawn back to the area and the mystery surrounding the murder of another controversial, charismatic priest.

I love the characters of Rebecka Martinsson and police inspector Anna-Maria Mella. They're both so clearly drawn, so real, and such perfect foils for each other. And Sven-Erik, missing but pretending not-to-miss his cat! Why are these books not a television series? They'd be perfect -- great characterization, secrets, scandal, truly terrible doings, and just the smallest dash of kindness to keep everything from being completely unbearable.

For, while I'm loving the series, I have to admit it is emotionally draining. Both book in the series have featured a dead religious figure, tortured animals, and Rebecka Martinsson getting beat to hell. Is that what I have to look forward to in the next book, The Black Path? If so, I'm going to need a good eight-week break between books -- short enough that I'll still remember the previous plots, but long enough that I'm no longer emotionally wrecked.

The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson w/ trans. by Marlaine Delargy (Delacorte Press, 2007)

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