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Where Roses Never Die

Varg Veum
Narrated by: Colin Mace
Series: Varg Veum
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

September 1977. Mette Misvãr, a three-year-old girl, disappears without trace from the sandpit outside her home.

Her tiny, close middle-class community in the tranquil suburb of Nordas is devastated, but their enquiries and the police produce nothing. Curtains twitch, suspicions are raised, but Mette is never found.

Almost 25 years later, as the expiry date for the statute of limitations draws near, Mette's mother approaches PI Varg Veum in a last, desperate attempt to find out what happened to her daughter. As Veum starts to dig, he uncovers an intricate web of secrets, lies and shocking events that have been methodically concealed.

When another brutal incident takes place, a pattern begins to emerge.

Chilling, shocking and full of extraordinary twists and turns, Where Roses Never Die reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world's foremost thriller writers.

©2016 Gunnar Staalesen (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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The devil is in the detail

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In the physics of madness, a pebble can start a landslide. For this story, one small incident sets in motion in the mind of an insane person, a course of action which causes years of misery for so many others. What I love about this author is that there are no carelessly plotted story lines or even sentences. Even the description of shared coffee is delightful and begs to be re-read and re-examined for underlying clues. This book was my find of the year.

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Excellent

Beautifully crafted plot, great characterisation and great narration. typical Scandinavian style and precision. and reviews must be 20 words, how annoying

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I really enjoyed this one!

I was a bit luke warm about this purchase and bought it on a whim. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Varg Veum is an alcoholic, and I had become jaded when the lead character was falling in and out of inebriation, becoming aggressive and nasty in the event. Varg isn't portrayed as such, he is trying to fight the battle, yet it isn't the whole character of the man. I found him tenacious and rather likeable.

The story was excellent, and I didn't expect the ending until we were practically there. The characters were dealt with in a sympathetic way, and most were more or less likeable.

I thought that Colin Mace made a fine job of the narration. I really did enjoy this book.

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Good Norwegian Mystery

I listened to this book more quickly than many others. It is an easy flowing tale of the mystery of a missing girl being unravelled by a private detective. There are not too many characters and they are described adequately to absorb the different personalities, aided partly by the excellent narration. The obligatory twists and turns are well delivered, making this a very satisfying 'listen'. The book is one of a number of books featuring Varg Veum; it is one of the most recent books, and yet it is the first one that I have read. As I recall, there was no particular reference to earlier books in this story and I would not hesitate to read this book first.

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Meh

Ok story. Just lacked depth in my opinion. Liked the ending but by the time you get there, you just begun the wonder on how daft the previous detectives were in the first place? In normal circumstances this just wouldn't happen.

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Enjoyed

The intrigue and lots of strands going off into different directions kept up the suspense.

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Terrific book. Held my attention until the the very end....

Extremely well delivered. The writing has all the elements of a good thriller. It turns from dark scenes to ones that are incredible movingly ease and plausibility.

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Absolutely Brilliant!

I started with the latest and am working my way backwards as I've only just discovered this series, would that I had found them earlier. Varg Veum is an older private investigator with a lifetime of experiences, not least of which is his previous existence in child protection. Battling a drink problem after losing his partner, Varg is asked to investigate a twenty five year old cold case of a missing child. Her mother, desperate to find out what happened to her beloved little girl, commissions him to take the case. The story is skilfully woven through with a fatal armed robbery at a jewellers shop. a pair of vicious thugs and a New Years 'party game' that had far reaching effects. Varg stalks through a case where it's not only the landscape that is dark and cold. If I could give this six stars I surely would. Colin Mace is a great voice for Varg Veum.

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Worth the listen

Having lived in both the society and many of the places mentioned (Bergen, the islands off the coast there, Oslo), I found this an excellent and well-crafted story:- was rivetted. The clichéd bit (a Scandi-noir private eye with an alcohol problem, anyone?) could have been different, but the story telling (both the story and the telling) was atmospheric. One problem (only relevant to purists):- the pronunciations of people's names was decidedly non-Norse (even allowing for a Bergense dialekt).

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A substantial plot would have been nice.

I enjoy detective fiction but this one defeated me, I gave up three-quarters of the way through. And getting that far had been a struggle. I'd hoped that, if I stayed the course, the non-story would suddenly gain a plot that was believable, had depth & substance, but it didn't.

It appears that the book has pleased many so I accept that I'm in the minority of reviewers. But how many times was I supposed to listen to the PI carry out the same dull, repetitive interviews that no detective worth his salt would have continued making. It was a case of, 'I can't work out what happened so I'll ask folk about a seemingly unrelated incident.'

While I kept listening in the hope of improvement I wouldn't have done so for as long as I did if it hadn't been for Colin Mace's reading.