A Deadly Catch
The career has been the whole of Louise Collins' life, but when the newspaper she started is shut down, she decides to enter her father's hotel empire - which is expanding and will establish itself in small tourist resorts.
Louise's sister Lina has not lived the same glamorous life. She is the result of an affair their father had and has never been accepted by the family. When the old man, who runs the shop next to Lina's delicatessen on Södermalm, dies it emerges that he also worked as a private detective. And Lina can't resist exploring his clients.
Louise arrives in Vadstena to open the new hotel at the same time as the town whispers about the girl who disappeared from the country road not far from there. Soon both Louise and Lina are drawn in...
A Deadly Catch is the first part in MAP OF MURDERS a cozy crime mystery series packed with charm and dark mysteries.
"Once again, Christoffer Holst has caught me in the story so that I close the book in surprise. Is it over already? How did it happen? The author makes it so easy to read. It's like he's composed a delicious dish.
First the words and the wording. How he paints everything. From the country road in the middle of the night with its shimmering asphalt to the risotto with mushrooms and Västerbotten cheese. Everything becomes so clear. Food and drink are described so that you want to run to the nearest store, but the place Vadstena is also sold. I'm probably not the only one who googles hotels and fantasizes about going there.
Christoffer Holst has also inserted his fine humor into the story and that contributes to making it even more enjoyable to read. That and the colorful characters makes you hooked. I like the two half-sisters. They are different but complement each other. One sister, Louise, will help her father start up a new hotel and do the hotel interiors, and the other sister, Lina, runs a deli shop on Södermalm.
Of course, it's not just cozy. Just like in a well-composed dish, there is something that balances it out. There is tension, darkness and tragedy and Christoffer Holst has found the right balance. In this first part of Map of Murders, it is a teenage girl who disappears without a trace.
It's a real comfort story, as such should be. A real cozy crime mystery!" - Eva Boktokig, book blog