Inspector Anita Sundström is called away from Christmas with her mother to help investigate a domestic death. Her initial relief at escaping a dull festive season soon fades when she and sidekick, Hakim Mirza, find themselves dealing with a difficult case involving the murder of an unloved father and disliked neighbour. Though suspects and motives abound, they are having difficulty identifying the murder weapon. Has the killing something to do with the victim’s past, or is the reason closer to home? It’s not the Christmas Anita was anticipating, nor the conclusion she was expecting.
Malmo in Midwinter is a short novella, which takes place after the fourth story, Midnight in Malmo. If you are a fan of Anita Sundstrom, this is an essential part of the series. It is a Christmas story. It gives a little insight into the celebrations in Sweden on Christmas Eve. It is funny how I always end up reading Christmas stories in summer.
Anita is spending Christmas with her tiresome relatives. Her son is away with his girlfriend, for some winter sun. She is keen to escape, when her sidekick phones her about a murder. Hakim Mirza, who is on duty over the Christmas period, has plenty to keep him occupied. A man has been killed, who was pretty much universally disliked. His family seem to be living in fear of him. At the same time, there is a spate of burglaries hitting Malmo. A criminal gang is targetting wealthy males and stripping the contents of their apartments.
Although this was only a short read, it was very welcome. Torquil MacLeod lets Hakim shine in this one, with Anita taking more of a supporting role. It is your classic locked door story, with a small cast of character and a wintery vibe. It was all very entertaining. I really do recommend this series.