Side tracked by Henning Mankell

About the book

Midsummer approaches, and Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him. But his summer is ruined when a girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders.
Wallander’s hunt for the girl’s identity and his furious pursuit of a killer who scalps his victims will throw him and those he loves most into terrible danger.
WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER.

Reviewed by Andover NWR:

All the group loved it! We liked the detective, enjoyed the dour humour and felt that the book portrayed an accurate account of police work ie the officers had to do boring, repetitive jobs, but the read was by no means boring and repetitive. A little gory in parts, but we’ll read more of his books.

Star rating:****

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5 thoughts on “Side tracked by Henning Mankell”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    Enjoyed by most of us. Pretty gruesome at times. Interesting to learn something about Sweden.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Petersfield U3A Book Group 3:
    Well constructed, but no charm. No-one liked the horrific descriptions of the murders.
    Star rating: **

  3. Review by Milford Reading Group:
    Plot of this detective novel was well constructed – somewhat gruesome in places. Inspector Wallender an extremely believable character. intriguing that the reader knows more than the inspector. A very good read.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Opinions divided within the group. Some disliked the violence and repetitive descriptions, others thought the main characters well described. Good page turning yarn.
    Star rating: **

  5. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI Reading Group:
    Well written page turner. Good characterisation. Group guessed ending early on. Good title – explained the book.
    Star rating: ***

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