With one exception I liked Anne Holt’s first book with Johanne Vik and Adam Stubo well enough, but somehow never got around to looking for any of the others. Then somebody (sorry, forgot who) posted a review of a more recent book and that was all the prodding I needed. The Final Murder picks up a couple years later when Johanne and Adam have just had a baby, and a new serial killer comes to town.
First, a popular female television host is murdered, her body defiled in a most peculiar way. Then, a politician is killed. Johanne, who’s been trained by the FBI as a profiler, begins to recognize a pattern, and she thinks she even knows who will be the killer’s final victim: her own husband.
If you like serial killer plots, this is a pretty good one; if you’re more interested in characters, this might not be your best choice. Adam spends half the book fretting about not being at home on his paternity leave, and Johanne worries obsessively about the new baby — not an unwarranted worry, given that her first child has developmental issues, but nonetheless not really entertaining to read about.
I like this series, but not as well as Karin Fossum or Camilla Läckberg, to name just a couple of other Nordic women crime fiction writers, but if you like serial killer plots you may enjoy it more than I do.