The Preacher, book two in the Patrik Hedström series by Camilla Läckberg, is an international bestseller for a reason – it is a fantastic read. In this second entry into the series, Patrik is called in to investigate the murder of a young German tourist. As the medical examiners begin to remove the body, they discover the remains of two older bodies buried below. As the mystery deepens, yet another girl disappears and the police are in a race against time to save her. As Patrik tries to solve the crime and catch the murdered before he does it again, he and his wife Erica are dealing with brutal summer heat and the impending birth of their child.
The Preacher is exactly what a murder mystery should be – it’s fast paced, atmospheric, and full of unexpected twists (even something as simple as an obnoxious women getting pasta dumped on her head provided an extra bit of fun). In a nice change, the lead investigator is an optimist, which has become somewhat of a rarity these days (though I still love Lucas Davenport). I am looking forward to continuing the series.
If you’re interested in reading the series in order, they were released as follows:
1. The Ice Princess
2. The Preacher
3. The Stone Cutter
4. The Gallows Bird
5. The Hidden Child
6. The Drowning
7. Fyrvaktaren (The Lighthouse Keeper, not yet translated)