Book Reviews: The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten and The Question of the Missing Head by E.J. Copperman

Buried Under Books

The Fire DanceThe Fire Dance
An Inspector Irene Huss Investigation #6
Helene Tursten
Translated by Laura A. Wideburg
Soho Crime, January 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61695-010-1
Hardcover

Fifteen years is a long time between police investigations involving the same person, but that is what Inspector Irene Huss finds as she investigates the death of a young woman, Sophie, who as an eight-year-old girl was suspected of arson in the death of her stepfather when their house burned down. What is so striking in the present is that Sophie was burned to death.

The novel proceeds basically in fits and starts, as Irene and the rest of the Gotberg Murder Squad encounter other cases taking up time, and as she seeks either a clue to the past, as well as the present, or inspiration. Sophie had grown up to be a choreographer and dancer who created a dance called, naturally, The Fire Dance, which debuts posthumously to…

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