Snow Woman by Leena Lehtolainen
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Review: SNOW WOMAN by Leena Lehtonainen
SNOW WOMAN is #4 in the Maria Kallio series, about a female lawyer-trained police officer in Espoo, Finland. I love Scandicrime and was quite thrilled to discover this series, which to my perception, manages to combine Scandinavian police procedural with elements of cozy mystery and of women's fiction. It's definitely a modern approach, and reflects overtones of political frameworks as well as cultural changes.
Maria Kallio is a detective in Espoo, married recently and newly expecting (unexpectedly). She is a strong and aloof woman, who nevertheless fosters deep friendships. Much of her time is devoted to discovering the backstory of those she encounters, their "autobiography" if you will, and consequently the novel is highly, and winningly, character-driven. It also contains tautly-plotted and multilayered mystery, and fascinating backdrop of a very conservative fundamentalist sect, the Laestadians
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