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Summary

He’ll never speak of the evil they did....

A former Swedish ambassador lies dead in his swanky Mayfair flat. With his tongue torn out and placed on a Bible. Competing theories swirl. A religious maniac? A psychopath? The truth is far darker than either. DCI Stella Cole’s search for the killer takes her to Sweden. There, she discovers a horrific chapter in the country’s history that throws the case into turmoil. And then more people start dying. 

Teaming up with Swedish cops Oskar Norgrim and Johanna Carlsson, Stella pieces together Ambassador Brömly’s shocking past. And discovers the killer’s motive. 

Meanwhile, Stella's personal life is about to take a significant turn as her boyfriend, Jamie, suggests a change in their relationship. But as Stella tries to process what it means, she makes a fateful decision. 

Why won't the dead stay buried? 

On the other side of the Atlantic, a kid practising BMX stunts over water finds a skeleton on a lake bed. When the victim is revealed to be a British cop, the FBI ask for assistance. Stella’s arch-enemy from her own department gets the case. She flies to Chicago and soon discovers the murderer’s identity. 

The scene is set for a showdown in Sweden as DI Roisin Griffin pursues her vendetta against Stella all the way to the north of Sweden during the annual festival of Midsommar

A fast-paced, twisty crime thriller.... 

A Beautiful Breed of Evil is the fifth book in this series of hard-hitting crime thrillers. Much of the action takes place in Sweden, home to fictional detectives Martin Beck, Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole, and Saga Norén. 

Even as Stella is fighting to bring the killer to justice, shadowy figures from her past are planning to silence her before she can expose their brutal methods. 

Grab your copy of a beautiful breed of evil.

©2021 Andy Maslen (P)2021 Andy Maslen

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Possibly the best Stella Cole yet

I loved this story, it was as weird and complicated as all of the rest but had a thoroughly satisfactory ending.
I can't wait for book 6 which is due out soon in hard copy but we may have to wait a little longer for the audio version sadly.
The change of narrator from Helen Moore to Kim Bretton was unsettling at first but now I find myself hoping that Kim will be narrating book 6.

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  • 15-07-21

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This is the first Stella book I bought.
I really enjoyed it, she is such an interesting woman - and I loved the
author's use of Sweden for so much of the book. (In fact, I did not want to return to London) But- fine characters, excellent detecting. I hope the other 4 books in the series
are as much fun as this one.