The Pyramid

Scandinavian mystery writers are hugely popular at the moment.  Stieg Larsson, Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, and Arnaldur Indridason to name just a few. I decided it was time to take a closer look at this group of writers. Stieg Larsson’s first book, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has sold 20 million copies worldwide.  His second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is at the top of the charts at the moment.  He wrote 3 books in total but died just after submitting them to the publisher. Unfortunately he never got to enjoy his success.

 Off the top here I’m going to tell you that I am not a fan of short stories… why am I telling you this now? … because the book I chose to read, The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Henning Mankell is a book of short story mysteries that are part of his famous Kurt Wallander series. These stories focus on the early life and career of his famous detective and are a perfect introduction to the succeeding 8 books in the Wallander series. I figured it was a good way to see if I want to read a complete novel. Besides, for someone who was having great difficulty keeping her interest in ANY book at the moment (I’ve been pre-occupied with other interesting things), I could read one story and put the book down and pick it up again the following week without having to remember who did what to whom. This is a great travelling book – short stories often are – and I suggest you give it a try if you have winter holiday plans or just want to try a new author. He’s a great writer.

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