Gunvor Ström, a Swedish surgeon who had to retire because her hands weren’t steady enough to perform operations, accepts a position as a private detective and enters a new and surprisingly dangerous career.

In Because You’re Mine, she accepts her second assignment. Is it always for the best to look for a missing person? Gunvor is not entirely sure as she believes there are those who don’t want to be found. Despite this, she takes on a case. A wife needs help to find her husband, Per Cedergren. A simple case at first glance. Gunvor is convinced that he has sneaked off on an adventure with a mistress and soon will return voluntarily.

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Gunvor’s good friend Aidan also makes his debut as a private detective when he helps a new acquaintance look for her missing friend.

When Gunvor and Aidan take the help of their young friends, Elin and David, the two parallel cases meander closer to each other. But how do they relate? And what do the disappearances have in common with the murders that at first glance appear to be hate crimes.

Soon they find themselves in the eye of the storm, not knowing where the danger lurks.

Because You’re Mine is the second book in the series of private detective Gunvor Ström.

My Review

This was a short, sharp, exciting roller-coaster of a read in one of my favourite genres – Scandi Noir. The story follows two investigations – Gunvor Ström has been asked by Eva Cedergren to find her husband Per, who has been missing for over a week. While Per is often gone for a day or so on business, he has never been gone for this long, and he hasn’t told Eva that he was going. But he booked two weeks off work – he works for his father in a highly successful business.

In the meantime, rookie investigator Aidan has gone with his friend Drew to a gay bar where he meets Marie who is looking for her friend Seb. They’ve been friends for years but why would she be seeking him in a gay bar? It appears that he has a second life that involves hooking up with much younger men in bars. Aidan is strangely attracted to Marie, but there is something very cold and secretive about her. He doesn’t even know her second name or where she lives.

Are the two cases linked and if so how? And are they connected to the men who keeping turning up dead? It all sounds far more complicated than it is. There are quite a few red herrings along the way, though I guessed a couple of things that formed an important part of the story.

As it involves missing persons and murders, it sounds disrespectful to say it’s jolly good fun, but as it’s fiction I’m sure I’m allowed to say that. Apart from the main characters, we also get to meet some interesting others but I don’t want to give anything away. I’m glad this is part of a series (though I haven’t read the first one) as I have a feeling the adventures will get better and better in the future.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Swedish author Luna Miller (pseudonym) specialises in Nordic Noir. She is the writer of the international best-seller Three Days in September and is one of the authors of the international anthology Love Unboxed 2.

In mid-life, after experiencing life and adventure throughout Europe, India, China, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand and a host of other countries, with her studies, children and work, Luna found quality time to write her debut novel Three Days in September followed by Den som ger sig in i leken – the original Swedish precursor of Looking for Alice and the first book in the series of private detective Gunvor Ström.

vilse, hitta hem – the sequel in Swedish to Three days in September was published in May 2020.

Because you´re mine – the second book in the series of Gunvor Ström will be published April 12, 2021.

Luna Miller was born in Sundsvall, Sweden 1962.

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