Shot with a hunting rifle through her kitchen window, the woman is dead before she hits the ground. Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is a Danish citizen--one who's been missing for almost two decades--so Louise Rick is called on to the case. (blurbWhile the murder of a Danish woman in England might not justify involving the Danish police, Sofie Parker has been listed as missing for eighteen years and was, at the time, the girlfriend of Eik Nordstrom, Louise Rick's lover and colleague. As events develop, Eik becomes a suspect.
Eventually, a connection is made to a group that supports assisted and accompanied dying. As Louise begins seeking information, a woman she planned to speak to is murdered. when Louise realizes that other members of the group have recently been murdered in similar fashion, her investigation narrows.
Louise's friend Camilla, a journalist, becomes interested in writing a story about the reasons for choosing assisted suicide, how people connect (it is illegal in Denmark, but Switzerland has a non-profit group that provides the means and support if an individual qualifies), and about the process of the procedure.
Although I found several aspects of the plot too coincidental, I ended up enjoying the book and the characters and liked the way assisted dying was covered. Whether you agree or disagree, it is a contemporary dilemma that needs more discussion.
NetGalley/Grand Central Publishing
Mystery/Detective. 2014; Feb. 7, 2017. Print length: 304 pages.