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Nordic nights : an Alix Thorssen mystery
McClendon, Lise.
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New York : Walker & Company, [1999]

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292 pages ; 22 cm
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"Drawing on her own Nordic background and her intimate knowledge of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Lise McClendon has crafted a dark tale of theft, murder, art, and archeology. It begins with Alix Thorssen's stepfather, Hank, discovered standing over the corpse of a visiting Norwegian artist refusing to say a word in his own defense. It falls, therefore, to Alix to clear him and uncover who sent Glasius Dokken, a painter of myths, to Valhalla. With ancient legends seeming to come to life around her, and with very contemporary bullets being fired through the windows of her art gallery, Alix's investigation could end with a Viking funeral ... and it may all hinge on what the rune stones say."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in wintry Jackson Hole, Wyo., this crisp, straightforward mystery plunges gallery owner Alix Thorssen into the local Nordic Nights festival, which features ice carving, a parade, ski racesÄand a startling murder. Famous Norwegian painter Glasius Dokken, who had come to town for his show at Alix's gallery, is found stabbed with an ice pick in the hotel room of an itinerant and provocative fortune-teller. Arrested for the killing is Alix's glumly stoic stepfather (his fingerprints were all over the crime scene), who reveres his Scandinavian heritage and has painstakingly crafted a replica of a Viking ship to be displayed in the parade. Alix, persistent and unflappable, begins to investigate, but accidents plague her and her family: the Viking ship nearly crushes her; her mother barely escapes a hit-and-run; and Bjarne, a seductive ski-racer who has beguiled Alix, is also implicated in the murder. McClendon works a good deal of Nordic folklore into her story. The fortune-teller is a specialist in runes, and her silver-and-wood tools quickly become a central point in the case: Are the runes museum quality? Have they been stolen? The third entry in the McClendon's series (after The Bluejay Shaman) conjures up the icy beauty of Jackson Hole, and though the dialogue can be stilted, her agreeably feisty heroine and a hair-raising finale will keep readers entertained throughout the night, Nordic or otherwise. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Alix Thorssen, gallery owner and sometime sleuth (The Painted Truth) in Jackson, WY, fends for her stepfather when he is jailed for the murder of a famous visiting Norwegian painter. A local festival involving a parade, ice sculptures, ski races, and rune-stone readers serves as background for the action. The victim's painted murals depicting Norse mythology fit right in. As she looks for the real culprit, Alix deals with an out-of-town boyfriend, an in-town wanna-be lover, a worried and cranky mother, the gallery, and increasing danger to herself. A solid, enticing addition to the series. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.