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Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1)
Last Rituals - Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1
Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Bernard Scudder (Translator)
An Icelandic Novel of Secret Symbols, Medieval Witchcraft, and Modern Murder — At a university in Reykjavik, 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 ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061143366
ISBN-10: 0061143367
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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cathyskye avatar reviewed Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1) on + 2260 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
First Line: The head caretaker, Tryggvi, stood by the coffeemaker.

Lawyer and single mother Thóra Gudmundsdóttir is contacted by Matthew Reich, an ex-German police officer, for help. A wealthy German family's son has been studying at university in Reykjavík, Iceland. His body was found with his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. His family doesn't believe that the Reykjavík police have the right man in custody. Since Thóra's law practice is struggling, she needs the money and agrees to conduct her own investigation.

It quickly comes to light that the murdered student was studying Iceland's history of torture, execution and witch hunts, and the more that Thóra and Reich investigate, the more likely it seems that his studies played a part in his murder.

I was greatly anticipating this book. One of the reasons why I love reading mysteries set in other countries is because I'm an armchair traveler. I love learning about other countries, and a feeling of place can add so much to a story. Sadly, there was very little sense of place in Last Rituals, and the plot didn't have much that was new either.

What I did enjoy a great deal was the character of Thóra, her dual careers of lawyer and mother, her dedication to both, her stubbornness, and her sense of humor that would flash unexpectedly and make me laugh. If not for Thóra, I doubt very much that I would read the next book in the series. Thóra sparkled to such a degree that I know I will be reading more about her in future.
SierraK avatar reviewed Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1) on + 194 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very suspenseful murder mystery set in Iceland. A German student studying at the University of Iceland is found murdered in a most gruesome manner. The police quickly arrest a suspect, but the victim's family hires Icelandic attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir to independently investigate the death. Lots of connections to witchcraft in Iceland, which I found interesting.

The book does contain lots of graphic details and is not for the squeamish!
ASJ avatar reviewed Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1) on + 341 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Wow what a great book. Love the setting and some of the cultural background on Iceland. Well written mystery. Will keep you guessing through out. History and rituals of 16th century witches is spin chilling. Highly recommend now I need book 2.
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justreadingabook avatar reviewed Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1) on + 1711 more book reviews
I was intrigued with this story line and was soon a bit bogged down by details that didn't seem to move the story along as quickly as I thought it should.
It was very well done, characters were developing and back stories filled in nicely.
Was hoping for a bit more suspense and action.
Will give the second book a go and see how it reads.
aladdin avatar reviewed Last Rituals (Thora Gudmundsdottir, Bk 1) on + 154 more book reviews
Enjoyed the main characters dealing with the challenges of everyday life, while solving the murder mystery. The peripheral characters little conceits and deceits are actually characters in and of themselves and contribute to the deepening mystery. Definitely a whodunnit (and WHY? always the biggie) with a surprise at the end.
In addition the country Iceland is intriguing also. I'm looking forward to other books by Y. S.