My First Murder
by Leena Lehtolainen (Finland – translated)
1993/ 2012 Eng. – 251 pages
read by Amy Ruminate 7h 23m
rating: B+ / crime – police procedural/”who-done-it”
(both read and listened)
Although it was chosen by the 4-Mystery Addicts reading group I was interested in this book because I’m of Finnish ancestry and have cousins there, have visited there, etc. Also, as is evident from this blog, I really enjoy non-US lit.
Still, it took me awhile to get into it, mostly because of the breathy, almost little-girl voice of the 1st person narrator who is working, if only temporarily, as a lead detective. It’s like, “huh?” – That may be a part of the book, though – young pretty women are often not taken seriously in some jobs. But what is this, “soft-boiled”? She doesn’t “sound like a cop!” lol