The Norwegian writer Anne Holt has had a host of careers, beginning in the Oslo police department. She subsequently founded a law firm, and was then appointed as Norway’s minister for justice. But it’s for her cutting-edge crime writing that she is most celebrated. While her work is shot through with the social commentary we expect from Scandinavian crime fiction, there is usually a strain of Englishness in her novels, reflecting her love of British Golden Age crime. No such influences in A Grave for Two, which has a more international feel, particularly in its unrelenting pace... The new novel is a departure from Holt’s police procedurals; some may be wistful for her earlier work.