This murder mystery is different in many ways. Firstly, it is a novella and first of a series featuring arson investigator Dr Anja Toussaint, an intriguing yet strong character and knowledgeable professional.
In a 15,000 words M. A. Petterson manages to gradually develop strong characters, albeit with mysteries surrounding their backgrounds that, no doubt, future stories will unravel.
The characters and mystery are quickly established and the story moves ahead smoothly; compelling the reader to continue page turning.
Combining narration in the first person and with his easy to read and captivating style, Petterson sets his scenes clearly, makes the action more exciting and gives strength to his characters.
Throughout the book there is no doubting Petterson’s knowledge of fire fighting and the technical aspects of the fire fighter’s job and associated stresses.
This approach to storytelling reminded me of the old movie serials when I was a child; each is a complete story but each has you coming back for the next episode.
My rating 5*