Book Review: Little Siberia, Antti Tuomainen — Blog Tour: October 2, 2019
Mystery: Little Siberia, Antti Tuomainen
I received an electronic advanced readers copy of Little Siberia so that I could participate in the blog tour promoting its release on October 17, 2019. Everything about the book appealed to me: a mystery, set in Finland, with a pastor as the protagonist. Then I read the book, and realized that it was even better than the blurbs suggested.
One night a driver, consumed with grief and having consumed no small amount of alcohol, is traveling alone down a dark Finnish road. Suddenly he is brought to a stop by an almost impossible event: a meteorite has landed in the passenger seat of his car. Valued at possibly a million euros, the meteorite is placed in the local town’s museum where it is guarded day and night.
One of those night guards is Joel, pastor of a local church. Joel is dealing with his own set of issues: his wife, Krista, is expecting, and he has good reason to believe the baby is not his.
The presence of such an expensive rock is more temptation than some people can handle, and Joel’s nights are interrupted by various attempts to steal the meteorite. He quickly finds himself in the middle of two mysteries: who is trying to steal the meteorite, and who is the father of the baby?
As Joel unravels these mysteries, the book gets better and better. One delightful aspect of it is the understated humor. I laughed out loud when I read these sentences:
I’m driving a dead man’s snowmobile along a snow-covered road in a remote eastern-Finnish village, I’m bleeding profusely, and my wife has been kidnapped. You never plan for things like this.
I know I’ve never planned for that scenario to occur!
How Joel gets there and how he gets out of it make for a delightful read. This is author Antti Tuomainen’s eighth book. He is an award-winning author who is taking Scandinavian noir into a fresh new direction with his incorporation of humor, and I found this book delightful.
I want to thank Anne Cater for organizing this blog tour, and Orenda Press for providing me with the ARC. All they asked for was an honest review, and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Little Siberia.