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The Fifth Woman


Four nuns and a fifth woman, a visitor to Africa, are killed in a savage night-time attack. Months later in Sweden, the news of the unexplained ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.800
Penny C
by Penny C on Feb 23, 2012

This was excellent, fascinating tale. Typical Mankell. It reads so fast I had to force myself to find a stopping place in order to get at least a couple hours of sleep.


Sweden Crime Wave

by Saint on Aug 20, 2009

Had it not been for Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson I never would have guessed there were so many murders in Sweden. Thank God I've been alerted to it! After reading the first two books in Larsson's triology, I turned to Mankell and his personal, absorbing creation, Kurt Wallander. I've read seven Wallander novels, following his travels and personal angst up and down the Swedish peninsula. Kurt is a enjoyable if somewhat morose character but that seems to be in concert with the Swedish weather in Ystad. The Fifth Woman is a particularly good example of Henning and Wallander exhibiting their sleuthing skills amid a far spun plot that begins in Africa. As most mystery fans should know, Mankell and Wallander are a "must" for any serious reader, and, I should mention, as well as Stieg Larsson. Yes, Yes, and Yes.

by tilly5 on Apr 16, 2009

excellent murder mystery featuring the unusual Wallendar. You will have to read every one written


A Satisfying Read

by JHW1 on May 5, 2007

Hard-Boiled? Nah. Just introverted, and worn at the edges by life, and by what he's seen. This case is another in the list of those that let Wallender consider quiting his job and retiring to a house by the Swedish coast. With a dog, perhaps. What sets Mankell's mysteries a notch above the others is the voice he establishes in his characterization of Kurt Wallender and then carries forth from novel to novel, developing new and compelling aspects of his protagonist as he goes along.

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