Last Rituals

Last Rituals

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2009 | 1st Harper pbk
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Attorney Thóra Guomundsdottir and her new partner, Matthew Reich, journey to a remote corner of Iceland to investigate how the murder of a German student may be connected to the victim's interest in witchcraft.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: 1st Harper pbk
ISBN: 9780061143373
0061143375
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Scudder, Bernard 1954-2007

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htliang
Apr 12, 2017

This is the second Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's novel I've read that features the Icelandic lawyer and single mother, Thóra Guðmundsdóttir. This particular book is a bit gory and perhaps not as good as "The Day is Dark". There is, however, still lots to like about it: an appealing and funny main character, interesting facts about the ancient history of Iceland, and a good ending. I loved the final few paragraphs! I closed the book with a smile on my face :)

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2016

FIRST BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

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ninica
Apr 27, 2016

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Yrsa's writing and weaving of plot lines. Normally I steer clear of mystery novels; often I find them too predictable and am able to discern who the culprit is within the first three chapters... but thankfully that wasn't the case with this novel! It makes for a very interesting and sometimes "colorful" read. I especially loved when she'd describe certain Icelandic landscapes and Thora's quirky, sometimes humorous, view of her own people. Really enjoyed it!

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ABenoit
Mar 29, 2014

It was a little creepy for my taste, but it was still a good story

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Lavenderseas
Apr 06, 2013

A very good read - female protagonist lawyer, well constructed mystery. Fun because it is a Icelandic story set in Iceland and involves early history elements. Story has a good pace.

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CB2295
Jan 10, 2012

This is book #1 in the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, Lawyer series set in Reykjavik; the story itself is quite interesting and rather involved, but it’s not a police procedural because the police are mostly on the outside looking in and are made to look rather stupid on the whole; the interactions among the protagonists and truth-seekers are generally good and there’s a lot of funny dialogue; the novel’s main drawback is the low quality of the domestic scenes, which are overly melodramatic and rather formulaic; maybe that aspect of the books will improve as the series goes on.

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lpreston214
Jun 29, 2011

Thora Gundmunsdottir is the main character in this absorbing mystery. Unlike some of the other Scandinavian mystery characters, she's a lawyer, not a detective. Also, she's less morose and cerebral. Instead she's a single mother of two and is lively and fun. She's also smart and dedicated. This novel's got plenty of mysterious goings on and questioning of those involved with a murder etc. but it's also got some quirky characters, kid problems and a touch of romance. Very good.

rdrlady Dec 27, 2010

Dark mystery set in Iceland about killing and mutilation of a grad student.

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Apr 06, 2013

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