Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Author:  James Thompson
Genre:  Mystery,
Inspector Vaara Series #2
Published:  2011
Personal Rating:  3.75/5 (good +)
Format:  Audiobook
Yearly Count:  5

Inspector Vaara lives with his very pregnant wife in Helsinki, Finland.  He's assigned two cases with his new partner.  One case revolves around a war hero's participation in WWII and the other involves the murder of a wealthy woman.

Oh my. While I enjoyed learning more about the main character and the Finland culture, I did not enjoy the foul language and crass plot line.  The new partner definitely added some interesting scenes, as did Vaara's in-laws who came to visit, but the whole book seemed a bit odd.  However, at the same time, it had an appeal.  I'm not exactly sure what the appeal was, but it encourages me to stay on the lookout for the third in this series.  I hope all the trashy talk is out of the author's system by then.


  1. I bet you notice the language more because you are hearing it. Not that you wouldn't notice reading it, but it's out loud. LOL

    Good to hear your experience with this author. He's on my list and I probably have at least two of his books somewhere. I just finished a mystery set in Iceland - FROZEN ASSETS. Thinking about what to say about it. I liked it a lot, but there were things...

    1. Kay ~ Geez, this embedded comment option is becoming a pain for me! It doesn't work well on my iPad. I'll try this again:

      Oh definitely! The audio version is much more abrasive than reading text.

      I'll come by and see what you had to say about FA.

  2. I hope that the trash talk quiets down in the next one. Sometimes I wonder what the author is trying to convey when it really feels like it's not needed???

    1. Staci ~ It was part of the story line. If I had known, I wouldn't have read it. It's just not enjoyable to me. I'm thinking authors that write it - like it.


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