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Below the Surface is a recent release in the excellent Maria Kallio modern detective series. I have previously reviewed the prior seven novels in the series. Protagonist Kallio is a police lieutenant in Finland and the author Leena Lehtolainen is a well known and respected Finnish author who writes in her native language. Kallio is an ex-lawyer who commands a group of cops, is married to a mathematician, and has two young children. She has never failed to close a homicide case since joining the police department. The current victim is a woman shot in the head with her own gun while swimming in a lake. It is a fascinating murder case. In addition, the novel deals with relationships between her police officers including a sexual harassment claim as well as her child care issues and her husband's job issues.
The eight novels (so far) in the series are stand alone. Novel 1 earned 3 stars, but the other seven have earned 4 or 5 stars. I recommend this novel and this series.
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Perfect amount of suspense and realistic as well.
I'm of Scandinavian decent and enjoyed the weather descriptions.