The Swedish Girl

The Swedish Girl

Book - 2013
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Eighteen-year-old Kirsty Wilson can't believe her luck when she lands a room in a luxury Glasgow flat owned by the beautiful Eva Magnusson, a wealthy fellow student from Stockholm. But her initial delight turns to terror when Kirsty finds the Swedish girl lying dead in their home and their male flatmate accused of her murder. Kirsty refuses to accept that he is guilty and, inspired by family friend Detective Superintendent Lorimer, sets out to clear his name.

Meanwhile, Lorimer calls on his trusted colleague, psychologist Solly Brightman, to help unravel the truth behind the enigmatic Eva's life and death. But it is not long until another woman, bearing a marked resemblance to Eva, is brutally murdered in Glasgow. Horrified, Lorimer and his team realise that Kirsty could be right. Is it possible that Glasgow's finest detective has put the wrong man behind bars? And is there a cold-blooded killer out there orchestrating the death of their next innocent victim?

In this absolutely gripping read, Alex Gray sends her dynamic Scottish detective from the gritty heart of Glasgow to the snowy streets of Stockholm in his toughest case yet.
Publisher: London : Sphere, c2013
ISBN: 9781847445667
Branch Call Number: MYS F GRA
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 26, 2016

I agree with all of the previous comment. I also spotted a "continuity" error, where K. telephoned Lorimer, but next chapter refers to what she told him when she visited him! And G. Calderwood became Caldwell on one occasion. sloppy editing??

Mar 30, 2014

I hadn't read this series for awhile so picked this up. Unfortunately, I found it slow & unchallenging.
Lorimer is now a Superintendent & head of a station. Eva, a Swede in Glasgow for university is murdered & he takes an active role in the case.
There are some credibility issues. He encourages one of the student's friends to carry out her own investigation although she's directly involved in the case. And the quick arrest of another student is based on extremely weak evidence. DI Jo Grant who heads up the police team is the stereotypical tough young female cop, more concerned with results than the truth.
There is a subplot that generates some suspense which is good as you'll figure out early in the book who killed the Swedish girl.

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