Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s second book, My Soul To Take (2009), is just as entertaining as her first, Last Rituals. This time, Thóra has a client who believes that the spa/hotel she helped him buy is haunted, and he wants the former owners to pay. She goes there to investigate, but a murder occurs, and she ends up in the middle of it all, especially when it looks like her client is the prime suspect.
In addition to the murder and the ghost investigations, Thóra must work with (or in spite of) her ex-husband to straighten out her children, who’ve gone AWOL, all the while dealing with love interest Matthew Reich, who’s shown up for a visit–luckily, he’s just as into the investigations as she is.
I had the strange experience of reading about Iceland in June while being stuck in snow and ice for a week in the U.S. South in January (long delay, I know — almost forgot to post the review), but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I really like this series and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a little about Iceland, to read about an engaging and fully-formed woman character, or to try to solve an unusual mystery. Any one of those reasons would be good enough for me.
Book #4 in the 2011 Nordic Challenge