What makes cozy mysteries appealing to me are the characters who populate the stories. Strandvig has plenty of characters that quickly felt like old friends. Lea is a young woman who is part of the Viking Swimmers Club: a group of folks young and old who take dips in the icy waters all year round. Bent Bang is a saucy senior citizen who doesn't lack for female companionship. Together Bent and Lea have a sweet friendship that forms the center of the story.
But of course small town life is fraught with the history of past relationships, gossip, and intrigue. You never really know your neighbors 100%. Someone in Strandvig is a murderer.
Who could it be? And why? There are plenty of suspects and secrets. The people of Strandvig are having a hard time believing one of their own could be capable of murder. I don't want to give anything away, so you'll have to read the book to find out what happens. You will quickly become invested in the people of Strandvig; their romantic entanglements and friendships will draw you in and make you feel like part of the community.
Rating: 7/10 for a promising first mystery in a series. It's refreshing to read a mystery set in a completely different country. Diane does a great job of infusing her writing with the best of Denmark. I look forward to returning to Strandvig soon!
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