Set in wintry Jackson Hole, Wyo., this crisp, straightforward mystery plunges gallery owner Alix Thorssen into the local Nordic Nights festival, which features ice carving, a parade, ski racesAand a startling murder. Famous Norwegian painter Glasius Dokken, who had come to town for his show at Alix's gallery, is found stabbed with an ice pick in the hotel room of an itinerant and provocative fortune-teller. Arrested for the killing is Alix's glumly stoic stepfather (his fingerprints were all over the crime scene), who reveres his Scandinavian heritage and has painstakingly crafted a replica of a Viking ship to be displayed in the parade. Alix, persistent and unflappable, begins to investigate, but accidents plague her and her family: the Viking ship nearly crushes her; her mother barely escapes a hit-and-run; and Bjarne, a seductive ski-racer who has beguiled Alix, is also implicated in the murder. McClendon works a good deal of Nordic folklore into her story. The fortune-teller is a specialist in runes, and her silver-and-wood tools quickly become a central point in the case: Are the runes museum quality? Have they been stolen? The third entry in the McClendon's series (after The Bluejay Shaman) conjures up the icy beauty of Jackson Hole; her agreeably feisty heroine and a hair-raising finale will keep readers entertained throughout the night, Nordic or otherwise. -- Publisher's Weekly
Lise gives an overview of the book:
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, December 9, 1999By E. Arthur (USA) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Nordic Nights: An Alix Thorssen Mystery (Alix Thorssen Mysteries) (Hardcover)After reading The Bluejay Shaman and Painted Truth by Lise McClendon, I expected to read a beautifully written and carefully crafted mystery alive with intriguing characters. Nordic Nights was all of those things plus much more. It was full of suspense, humor and a terrific sense of place. I could practically feel the cold as she described it. The twisty plot kept me glued to the book until the very end. McClendon's characters jumped off the page and told the story to me, and I was entertained throughout the book. I highly recommend Nordic Nights!
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