Killer Deal (Emma Skold – 3) by Sofie Sarenbrant
(Excerpt from Goodreads) The morning after an open-house showing in a posh Stockholm suburb, a father is found dead by his six-year-old daughter Astrid. There are no signs of a break-in, and the murder weapon is one of the family’s own kitchen knives. The only hint that someone from the outside might be involved is that Astrid claims a strange man stroked her cheek during the night.
Police Inspector Emma Sköld takes up the case. She suspects that the man’s wife could be the culprit, but when more murders occur tied to open-house showings, her theory is turned on its head. What’s the truth behind the events in the ostensibly idyllic and prosperous residential area? And what is the connection between the victims?
Cornelia and Hans have been married for several years and Cornelia has had enough of the physical and mental abuse. She is getting a divorce and plans on selling the house. But after the first showing, the next morning six-year-old Astrid finds her father, Hans, dead. Emma Skold is called in to investigate.
Emma thinks Cornelia killed Hans since the weapon is a knife from the house and there is no evidence of someone else in the house except Astrid saying a strange man touched her at night. But then more deaths start happening at open homes. Clearly there is a lot more happening than Emma initially though. But she also has her hands full with being pregnant and her own relationship issues.
This was an interesting story. I have not read other books in this series so I don’t have anything to compare to. The mystery was good and I was kept guessing until the end. I will admit that Emma’s relationship issues did draw away from the book and I have to say that a lot of her decisions really had me questioning her.
Over all this was not a bad book. I would be curious to see what happened in the first two books but it looks like I will have to wait until they are translated into English.
I received Killer Deal for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.