The Murder of Halland



The Murder of Halland Bess And Halland Live In A Small Town, Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else When Halland Is Found Murdered In The Main Square The Police Encounter Only Riddles For Bess Bereavement Marks The Start Of A Journey That Leads Her To A Reassessment Of First Friends, Then Family.

10 thoughts on “The Murder of Halland

  1. says:

    I recognized the handwriting I couldn t breathe That s enough Secret pregnant nieces Secret rooms And what kind of secret was this Maverick I know what goes on in Halland s mind I fell in love with him, of course I know I can read his slightest passing thought I can sense him without touching I can hear the mo...

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    I was on a journey.I d taken a big book along The Man Who Loved Dogs A NovelIt turned out not to be what I wanted to read just then Panic No book shops on the way What to do Open the Kindle app on the trusty iPad and look through the mixed bag of titles The Murder of Halland Can t remember when or why I bought it but I start reading it anyway The sentences are short.The narrative voice is quirky.The characters are enigmatic.The mystery itself evenso.There i I was on a journey.I d taken a big book along The Man Who Loved Dogs A NovelIt turned out not to be what I wanted to read just then Panic No book shops on the way What to do Open the Kindle app on the trusty iPad and look through the mixed bag of titles The Murder of Halland Can t remember when or why I bought it but I start reading it anyway The sentences are short.The narrative voice is quirky.The characters are enigmatic.The mystery itself evenso.There is a dog but I let that pass I m already half way throug...

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    The furniture seemed all wrong.This sentence from Chapter 3 is indicative of Juul s style, a matter of fact telling that leads to surreality, appropriate to the state of mind of the grieving narrator, Bess She s also trying to deal with or not deal with, as the case may be some facts about her common law husband, Halland, that have come to light after his death.I finished this last night the chapters end on mini cliffhangers, forcing you to turn the page and though it was late, and going ag The furniture seemed all wrong.This sentence from Chapter 3 is indicative of Juul s style, a matter of fact telling that leads to surreality, appropriate to the state of mind of the grieving narrator, Bess She s also trying to deal with or not deal with, as the case may be some facts about her common law husband, Halland, that have come to light after his death.I finished this last night the chapters end on mini cliffhangers, forcing you to turn the page and though it was late, and going against...

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    This is not your regular Scandinavian crime story Pia Juul might be from Denmark and the book has murder in the title, yet this murder is like the hole in a bagel it s right in the centre of it but it s the stuff around it that actually matters.Bess, Halland s widow, narrates the story as she were sleep walking As a reader, you are pulled into this strange tale where things don t follow a rigid cause effect structure and you don t even realise it until you close the book and wake up Retel This is not your regular Scandinavian crime story Pia Juul might be from Denmark and the book has murder in the title, yet this murder is like the hole in a bagel it s right in the centre of it but it s the stuff around it that actually matters.Bess, Halland s widow, narrates the story as she we...

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    Well, here is a mystery with a difference A victim with secrets..not new But his secrets even appear to have secrets And Bess, Halland s long time partner, has a complicated past of her own And unlike most of the genre, the emphasis here ison the telling than on resolution And what telling Each chapter begins with a brief quote from a written work varying from Raymond Chandler to a line from Meunch All highly readable and also pertinent to the text Ah the text Bess is a writer and Well, here is a mystery with a difference A victim with secrets..not new But his secrets even appear to have secrets And Bess, Halland s long time partner, has a complicated past of her own And unlike most of the genre, the emphasis here ison the telling than on resolution And what telling Each chapter begins with a brief quote from a written work varying from Raymond Chandler to a line from Meunch All highly readable and also pertinent to the text Ah the text Bess is a writer and there are moments of her writerly eye taking in the morning sun striking the water of the fjord Beautiful images The plotwhat is the plot HA The murder of course but so much happens and so much is confusing The Murder of Halland is sort of a non linear murder mystery Things happen and the impact is sometimes not felt for some time especially the emotional ...

  6. says:

    Huh This is a weird novella, from the perspective of a woman whose longtime partner is murdered I hesitate to call it a mystery, since the crime isn t really solved The writing is fine and there s some decent characterization here, but in the end neither the events nor the characters nor their relationships made a lot of sense to me, and I wasn t quite sure why it ended where it did I suppose that s a bit like life This book didn t d...

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    Actually, there s a great deal I haven t mentioned How could I possibly include everything Nonetheless, there is something I haven t mentioned which I must have left out on purpose That s the difference Or perhaps there isn t any difference Perhaps I leave out the things I m not aware of leaving out on purpose. What a clever, enigmatic, and downright brilliant book With deceptive simplicity, Juul turns the murder mystery genre on its head and then some Her prose is very lucid, often with Actually, there s a great deal I haven t mentioned How could I possibly include everythin...

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    .What a strange, strange little book Any aficionado of detective stories is surely bound to be disappointed All sorts of questions are raised but hardly any of them are answered For me the book has serpentine threads and unfinished endings, rather than any sort of solid linear structure We experience a kind of stream of consciousness with Bess She is the narrator of the book and partner of a man Halland who has just been shot Bess s ideas and mullings are eccentric and erratic, and we.What a strange, strange little book Any aficionado of detective stories is surely bound to be disappointed All sorts of questions are raised but hardly any of them are answered For me the book has serpentine threads and unfinished endings, rather than any sort of solid linear structure We experience a kind of stream of consciousness with Bess She is the narrator of the book and partner of a man Halland who has just been shot Bess s ideas and mullings are eccentric and erratic, and we lurch with her from odd situation...

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    Full disclosure This book is not a murder mystery, per se There is a murder, there is an investigation, but there s no real resolution at the end, onlyquestions The real mystery seems to be Who is Bess Who is Halland Did anything really happen, or is Bess just slowly going insane I have to admit that I couldn t give this one 5 stars even though the writing was stellar Everything takes place inside Bess s very confused mind, and for this reader, it was an exhausting place to be It Full disclosure This book is not a murder mystery, per se There is a murder, there is an investigation, ...

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    An antidote to the usual Scandanivian murder mysteries Take every standard bit from the typical crime novel, insert, and then leave it flapping in the breeze But it s a nice breeze And the blue fjords are like trembling mirrors In my mind,...

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