The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Is is always cold and snowing in Scandinavian crime fiction? If it is, that’s ok with me because the atmosphere in Sigurdardottir’s newly translated Icelandic crime novel The Legacy is perfect for the characters and their intentions.

In a political move by the department, newly-promoted detective Hulder is given the lead on a grisly and unique murder with the only witness being the victim’s young daughter. Hulder is forced to work with a past acquaintance, child-psychologist Freyja, to determine what the child saw. As the team of investigators works to uncover the evidence, Sigurdardottir does an excellent job describing the frustration of trying to track down several dead ends, while still doling out clues to pique the reader’s curiosity. I appreciate that each character is flawed and believable. By the end of the book, I could see each individual clearly. The tension rises as the murderer turns on several others on the way to the impressive conclusion.

The only thing that keeps this from a 5-star review is a couple haphazard coincidences that sometimes plagues the plot. I know that Iceland is small, but I don’t think it is that small.

Like so many fans of this genre, I have read books by the well-known authors Nesbo, Larsson, and Adler-Olsen. This was my first by Sigurdardottir and I believe she’s a great author to turn to for those wanting to branch out. I’d love to continue this series as the translations are released.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Minotaur Books, Net Galley, and the author for providing a copy for my review.

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