Reviewed by Krista Castner

Swedish writer Ake Edwardson’s latest installment in the Chief Inspector Erik Winter series, Sail of Stone, plods along for about a third of the book before building much suspense in either of the story’s two plot lines. The book is set mainly in Gothenburg, Sweden and features a journey through the Scottish Highlands towards the end of the book. It was a bit too slow-paced for my taste.

I hadn’t read any of Edwardson’s books prior to picking up Sail of Stone. I had high hopes about it since Edwardson is a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers’ Award for best crime novel. Unfortunately, I struggled to get through the first one-hundred or so pages of the 400 page book.

The book contains two separate storylines. One story features Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter. He gets involved in a possible missing persons case that ties back to Scotland and a mystery that happened there during WWII. The other story features Afro-Swedish detective Aneta Djanali who is trying to investigate a report of domestic abuse.

The story concerning Erik Winter was more interesting and kept my attention better. The story featuring Aneta Djanali had too many characters and the detectives didn’t make much progress on the case. I never really cared what they found out about the elusive victim. Or was she a victim? The resolution of that plotline was too ambiguous for my taste.

Granted this book is not the first book in the series, so I may be missing some character development done in earlier books in the series, but I found Chief Inspector Erik Winter to be a bit too brooding. He is a jazz aficionado and there are a lot of passages describing the music and why he’s fascinated by it. If the beginning of the book had been edited down from 100 pages to about 30 or 40, it would have helped the pace of the book. As it is, I only give it two stars.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Krista lives just outside the urban sprawl of Portland, Oregon. Lamentably, her work as a technical writer and business analyst often interferes with her reading which is a true passion.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.