Ban the delights of the Finnish thriller – Winnipeg Free Press

Two prominent social media influencers go missing after a wild party hosted by Finland’s biggest rapper (oh, glamorous celebrity horror at risk), tossing the brilliant but deeply troubled Helsinki policewoman Jessica Niemi , detecting on a mysterious and frightening trail.

Then a corpse floats on a beach, Helsinki is overwhelmed by a spooky infatuation with Japanese pop culture, a vicious yakuza appears, Niemi’s new boss hates her on sight, Jessica ponders another misguided romance, a ghost lurks with evil intention ?? and could modern evil witches from Niemi ?? s first book be back (pause to breathe)?

Max Seeck ?? s the Ice coven (Berkley, 464 pages, $ 23) is really dark, even for Scandinavian black, but it’s an absolutely humdinger mystery. Damn, Seeck is good ?? he sees a really distorted world, but he’s good.

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Recently widowed psychotherapist Mariana Andros rushes to Cambridge University where a killer, well versed in ancient Greek tragedy, slaughters young women overnight ?? Could it be the charismatic Professor Fosca with his coterie of young students in white dresses adoring young students?

Alex Michaelides ?? the Girls (Celadon Books, 352 pages, $ 25) reads like a script for a surprise M. Night Shyamalan movie, with so much red herring you’ll want to fish for dinner.

Spoiler alert ?? the plot relies heavily on the fact that many strong and intelligent women are completely hypnotized and totally mind-controlled by a few ultra-arrogant men, although which man controls which women… yeah, you won’t read that on the cover , eh ?

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In Roz Nay ?? s The hunt (Simon & Schuster, 288 pages, $ 25) Impoverished American Stevie (with her Big Secret) and wealthy English sociopath Leo (with his Really Big Secret) recount alternate chapters as he stalks her in the midst of obnoxious first world backpackers partying and plotting across Africa.

Is the book on hold for a while ?? although the BC author’s disgusted descriptions of alleged African life are truly heartbreaking ?? before it all starts to crumble through ?? Shocker ?? revelations requiring too many explanations.

Spoiler alert: No one is who she or he seems, and there are loads of oh-my-god-who-knew exhibits that go on and on, in utter desperation. Such a disappointment.

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Police chief Bruno is searching an unidentified skull from an unsolved 1989 murder in a French wine region when suddenly ?? who could have foreseen this? ?? it turns into a much larger and much more sinister mystery.

Meanwhile, climate change threatens to burn down all vineyards and castles as forest fires ravage Martin Walker’s area The coldest case (Alfred A. Knopf, 336 pages, $ 36).

None of this fascinating enough detective stuff thwarts Bruno and his bourgeois friends as they breed dogs, ride horses, and throw up lasciviously described gourmet feasts, all while consuming monstrous amounts of alcohol throughout. during the day while driving.

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Oslo therapist Sara is going through another day with depressed and depressed patients when she listens to a voicemail from her husband Sigurd that he has arrived at the cabin for his weekend with the guys ?? although they say he never showed up.

While Sigurd’s whereabouts remain unknown amid (as you might expect) mysterious events, Sara learns that at other times Sigurd was not where he said he was. , and that he may have hosted ?? you guessed it ?? secrets.

Helen Flood the Therapist (Spiderline, 336 pages, $ 23) is a formidable little mystery, translated by Alison McCullough, but it’s also a disastrous Scandinavian black puzzle. No laughing here.

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Nick Martin, retired Free Press reporter, isn’t sorry that Finnish rappers and glamorous celebrities don’t invite him to their parties. He doesn’t ask them either.

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