The Inquisitor’s Key: Jefferson Bass

More Jesus/Templar/Vatican-plot blarney here but done somewhat better than Dan Brown ever has.

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Woman With Birthmark: Hakan Nesser

The Scandinavian Noir police genre is really strong these days. Stieg Larrson, Jo Nesbo, Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason, Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum: there seems no end of extremely talented novelists. Unfortunately, Hakan Nesser doesn’t belong on that list. His offering is as bland and meh and ineffectual as the police investigation at the core of this book. Give it a pass.