The craze for Scandinavian crime novels has not bi-passed me – it’s just that except for Stieg Larsson, I’ve not been all that impressed. The Ice Princess has done nothing to change my mind, although I enjoyed it well enough that I could be drawn into the series – 7 books using a detective Patrik Hedström and his friend Erica Falck (at least starting out with them).
Among things I hate in crime fiction are “shocking” plot outcomes which are based on “uncovering family secrets long hidden.” The horrors are rarely, if ever, shocking anymore but some are a bit different and this one is that – but I wouldn’t call it shocking.
Another thing I really dislike in crime fiction are those series which focus on some love relationship or progression of relationships in the protagonist’s life. The crimes get lost in the romance.