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To Cook a Bear by Mikael Niemi, Deborah Bragan-Turner

To Cook a Bear

Mikael Niemi, Deborah Bragan-Turner

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Imprint: MacLehose Press
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780857058928

A riveting historical murder mystery set in Sweden's far north - to delight fans of The Name of the Rose

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
20 Sep 2020

"The Swedish novelist transports readers to a setting as remote as Australia’s wide open spaces"

In the Arctic north of Sweden Lars Levi Laestadius is the inspiration behind a religious revival among society’s outcasts. Niemi takes this noted figure from the 19th-century history of Sweden and involves him in an invented tale of murder, superstition and bigotry. When a young woman’s body is found in the forest, locals first blame her death on a bear attack, but Laestadius and his young Sami protégé, Jussi, begin to suspect that the killer is all too human. Niemi succeeds in constructing a story that works as a murder mystery and as a compelling study of a dangerously inward-looking community.

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