Tuesday Intro: Closed Circles by Viveca Sten

imageThis week, I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. I really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading Closed Circles by Viveca Sten.  It’s the second in the Sandhamn series and, as I really enjoyed the first of these, Still Waters, I have high hopes.  Here’s what it’s about…

imageIt’s a beautiful day for a regatta—until one of Sandhamn Island’s most prestigious residents is killed aboard his sailing yacht.

Oscar Juliander was a rich lawyer and deputy chairman of the prestigious Royal Swedish Yacht Club. While at first his death seems like a tragic accident, there is evidence of foul play. Police detective Thomas Andreasson teams up with local lawyer Nora Linde to investigate. As they work to uncover clues, they face resistance from an elite world where nothing but appearance matters.

When the rich and powerful inhabitants of Sweden’s idyllic island getaway come under scrutiny, Thomas and Nora must work closely and secretively to seek justice.

And here’s how it starts…

“The woman’s voice slowly counted down over Channel 16 on the marine radio: “Ten, nine, eight…”

The water churned with boats. Several large racing sailboats, meant for the open sea with their enormous sails and shining hulls, crowded the starting line a few nautical miles from Sandhamn.  Beyond the starting area, observers maneuvered their boats to get the best view, prepared to follow the spectacle with binoculars.

The starting vessel, a minesweeper on loan from the navy, was positioned to the starboard of the starting line. Everywhere, large sails ballooned to capture the slight breeze.

The scene was perfectly set for an exciting race.

The voice continued: “Seven, six…”

What do you think, would you keep on reading?



  1. Yes, I would keep reading. This sounds intriguing. I like the unique setting. Enjoy!

    1. There will be lots of twists and turns I hope. I love the setting too – if I had my way, it’s the type of place I’d live.

  2. Love the cover, love the setting… how could I not continue?!

    1. The setting is amazing (or sounds it if you ignore the fact that, one again, there are people being murdered!). I want to visit…and meet the characters.

  3. Oh yes, this seems like one I’d like to know more about.

    1. I don’t know what it is about murders set in Sweden that always get me but they are very good at detecting!

  4. I would keep reading it sounds very good. 🙂

    1. I hope it will be – the first one was and this one is shaping up nicely!

  5. Sounds like a murder mystery I’d enjoy. I like the sailing connection.
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    1. The setting is so picturesque the way it’s described in the book, I really should google the island. Shame to sully it with murder 😄

  6. So intense! Definitely one I would keep reading. Thanks! Here’s mine: “THE GIRLS”

    1. You just wonder what will happen after the starting pistol goes off don’t you? Probably murder!

  7. I like the sound of this one, but the first paragraph isn’t grabbing me. I’d like to read read a few pages before deciding. I hope its enjoyable for you.

    1. I can see that. The book is a slower start than some others but I’m enjoying so far…I feel like I’ve returned to a familiar place after reading the first book.

  8. Oh this sounds good! I can just picture the regatta starting in that first paragraph. You’ve been a terrible influence lately! I’ve wanted every book you’ve reviewed or mentioned!

    1. Sorry! I will try and pick a terrible sounding book next week. You can also blame Amazon who keep tempting me with deals…they seem to have figured out (at last!) what I like to read.

  9. Yes! I would want to keep reading. I like the writing style – but I also would like to see how dialogue and character are dealt with:). My TT this week is a remarkable book… https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/teaser-tuesday-7th-june-2016/

    1. I do think of it as the scandanavian style and wonder if that is in part because it’s a translation? It is a style that has always appealed to me. I’m hoping the characters develop on from the last book, which I really enjoyed.

      1. Oh! Because I don’t generally get on very well with translated books… I’ll be interested to see how you get on with it.

  10. Oh yes – I can imagine myself there waiting for that pistol, so I do want to know more!

    1. It’s the countdown for me…because I know at one it will likely be bad.

  11. I would keep reading. This sounds quite interesting and I want to know who won the boat race..LOL

    1. If there was indeed a race? Murder can be very disruptive!😉

  12. I’d keep reading!

    1. I’m glad I have so far. Good book!

  13. A mystery! I enjoy a good mystery. Although boats and racing don’t particularly interest me, I imagine the murder mystery takes more of center stage. I would keep reading.

    1. Yes, I think the regatta is the backdrop. It’s a very rich island!

  14. The setting certainly sounds interesting. 🙂

    1. And very picturesque!

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