Last Rituals

Last Rituals

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2009
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At a university in Reykjav#65533;k, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Th#65533;ra Gudmundsd#65533;ttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Th#65533;ra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems . . . and no one can be trusted.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2009
ISBN: 9780061143373
Branch Call Number: MYS Yrsa
Characteristics: 314 p.


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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 :)

Nov 05, 2016

FIRST BOOK IN THE Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series

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!

Mar 29, 2014

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

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.

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.

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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