A Tuva Moodyson Mystery
by Will Dean
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Pub Date 07 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 14 Oct 2021
Oneworld Publications, Point Blank
From the bestselling author of Dark Pines comes Will Dean's most terrifying Tuva Moodyson mystery yet
It only takes one...
A resident of small-town Visberg is found decapitated
A cultish hilltop community ‘celebrates’ Pan Night after the apple harvest
A race against time
As Visberg closes ranks to keep its deadly secrets, there could not be a worse time for Tuva Moodyson to arrive as deputy editor of the local newspaper. Powerful forces are at play and no one dares speak out. But Tuva senses the story of her career, unaware that perhaps she is the story…
Praise for the series:
‘The tension is unrelenting, and I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ Val McDermid
‘Loaded with atmosphere, brilliant on setting, and Tuva Moodyson just rocks.’ Mark Billingham
‘A must read.’ Observer Thriller of the Month
‘BRILLIANT.’ Ann Cleeves
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I love the Tuva series so was really excited to read the latest instalment. It did not disappoint! An atmospheric, creepy, intriguing story. Can't wait to read the next one!
Will Dean! The other books were dark but this one? Oh jeepers I can smell those rotting apples and see those ....those.......MY EYES! There are some images from this book I will never forget. Darkest one yet. Poor Tuva. What a cast of characters and a gory yet gripping plot. Highly recommended!
I've read and loved all of the Tuva Moodyson books and I had high hopes for this one. Let me start by saying WILL DEAN GETS BETTER AND BETTER! Tuva finds herself in another tricky situation in a very closed and claustrophobic community. Tuva will stop at nothing to find the missing pieces to a very unsettling and dark mystery. At one point, I was certain I was reading a James Herbert novel! I would highly recommend this series to anyone. Fans of Will Dean will not be disappointed and if you're looking to read a new author who delivers time and time again, look no further. Plus, Tuva Moodyson is the baddest ass out there! I love her! Massive thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for the chance to read and love this.
Bad Apples is a cracking addition to Will Dean's much-admired Tuva Moodyson crime series. He has previously demonstrated that a good crime story doesn't need to be centred on a cop; hearing-impaired female reporter Tuva is an interesting character and he writes engagingly about women, as we have seen with his recent stand-alone "The Last Thing to Burn". This latest book is perhaps more satisfying if you've read Tuva before, but works well as a one-off as it doesn't require a shed-load of understanding of the earlier parts of the series and neither does it over-load the reader with too much backstory to slow down the plot. It's very atmospheric, set in a small town set in its ways with its cliques and secrets. Dean creates his locations well with the dense forests, mists and frosts of the Swedish autumn providing a claustrophobic sense of place. The rotten, fallen apples in the square turn to a stinking mush as we discover who are the bad apples amongst the townsfolk. The author establishes the tone quickly, yet without hastiness, leaving the reader almost unprepared for the pace of the final chapters when we rush headlong into a hell of an ending. Highly-recommended.
This is the 1st book year I have read by the author and the 1st book in this series, wow this book is amazing it gave me goosebumps, I loved the story and the character and won’t spoil it with spoilers I’m off now to look for the other books in this series at a bookshop With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc of this book in exchange for this honest review
Where do I begin? Dean’s descriptive style of writing made it possible for me to feel completely immersed in Tuva’s world. Each Tuva novel gets better and better in my opinion. The characters feel like your family and I think I could walk around Gavrik with no need for a map or directions! Tuva is such a brilliant character who you really root for and invest in. As a reader, you trust Tuva’s instincts and how she directs the novel. The plot is so intricately detailed that each reveal is unpredictable and makes it so enjoyable. I love how Dean sets up each novel in such eerie settings, but I think Bad Apples being set around Halloween/Pan Night was my favourite so far. I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers but I need to touch upon the ending… Will Dean you can’t leave me hanging like that!! It left me open-mouthed. I know that Bad Apples isn’t released until September but I am eagerly already awaiting any news about Book 5… I need that next chapter!! If you haven’t read the Scandi-noir Tuva Moodyson series yet, I implore you to go and immerse yourself in this isolated Swedish town and all things #TeamTuva - you won’t regret it!
Firstly I want to praise Will Dean for the dedication. I really relate to this and wholeheartedly agree. Tuva Moodyson leaves behind Gavrik for another new job in the neighbouring town of Visberg. Now, if we thought Gavrik was full of odd characters wait until you meet Visberg’s locals. They too are all unique, hold family secrets and Tuva is in a mission to expose them after a body is found minus its head 😬 It’s Halloween and weird things are happening and Tuva being the unluckiest newspaper reporter falls smack bang in the middle of it. Another great instalment to the series and can’t wait to catch up with what happens in the next book.
Will Dean returns us to the horror nightmare that is the remote Swedish town of Gavrick, featuring his deaf protagonist, the newspaper journalist, Tuva Moodyson. She has returned to the Gavrick Posten, now promoted to Deputy Editor by Lena, delighted to be back in the company of friend, Tammy, local cop Thord, and the woman she is in a relationship with, Noor. She has a new apartment with arguing neighbours with a young son, Dan. With what unfolds in the dark forests, echoing with constant gunfire, it is elk hunting season, with the secrets harboured in the hill town of Visberg, and characters that would fit right into the darkest of fairytales, you have to wonder what Tuva was thinking in coming back. It all begins with Tuva thrashing through the foggy forests, following the ghostly sounds of a screaming woman, finding her covered in blood, next to a decapitated dead man. The victim turns out to be plumber Arne Gustav Persson, a resident of the creepy town and closed community of Visberg, where everyone knows and is related to everyone, with its strict divisions between the wealthy Edlands and the rest of the locals. The stench of rotting apples pervades the place in the approach to Halloween, as Tuva endeavours to get to know the people and embed herself as the go to person and primary contact, hoping to be privy to the secrets and gossip, and the below the radar shadowy adult celebrations of Pan Night, an ancient cult like darkness. The makers of gruesome trolls, Cornelia and Alice Sorlie have opened a pop up shop, where Tuva acquires a mask to infiltrate the pagan and demonic Pan celebrations, the chanting, the bladder balloons, wild sex, and so much more, a people let off the leash for one night, to be uninhibited and glorying in becoming savages. Once again Tuva is to find herself in danger, being shot at, with worse to come. Dean has written the perfect spine chilling read for the dark Autumn and Winter nights, particularly Halloween, the narrative heaves with atmosphere, and the location is a menacing and malevolent character in its own right. His wide array of characters that inhabit the story are inspired, the strange and offbeat locals, new and old, ensure that the series will remain a favourite with readers. This is for those who want their crime fiction to be at its darkest, a fright fest to savour. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.
Oh my! What an amazing, fabulous, spooky, thrilling, scary ride. Loved every page! I'll start by saying that I'm a massive fan of this amazing author and have, to date, read all of his books. This is one in a series of Tuva Moodyson mysteries, but, it can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone and in my opinion is the best in the series. Although, if you haven't read the earlier books, please do as they set up this book brilliantly. Tuva is such an interestingly well written character and I've grown to love her. It's a book set in a remote Swedish town and it's so well written that you feel you know the area and the inhabitants, but, I'll definitely not be booking a visit anytime soon! It's got; murder, weirdness, fabulous characters, spooky tales and absolutely hooked me from the first page to the last. I'll miss the fabulous characters and I feel that I know that mountain drive, but, please read after you've seen your dentist! A fabulous full 5* for this cracker of a murder mystery and I cannot recommend highly enough. Congratulations to Will Dean and thanks so much to Goodreads and the publishers OneWorld Publications for the honour of previewing post publication. To anyone to loves a thrilling mystery; order now, you'll love it!
Tuva is one of my favourite characters in recent years and I was delighted to get an ARC for this one (Out in Sept I think). I absolutely loved being back with her this lives up to my excitement. If you're a fan of the series you're in for a treat.
Love Tuva and can't wait to meet her again. Such an atmospheric read. Captures the mood of the area and it's people superbly. Terrified of Pan night.
I've read all of the Tuva Moodyson books and I absolutely love them all. This book is no exception and Will Dean continues to develop this series in the best way possible, I love the way Will Dean writes and how he constantly keeps the reader on edge. The book is dark, atmospheric and gripping filled with interesting and weird characters. All in all, this is another dark instalment in the Tuva Moodyson series with an ending that blew me away. I highly recommend this book and series. Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for this advanced copy.
Thanks to Oneworld and Netgalley for ARC. Journalist Tuva Moodyson is back from Malmo at Gavrik Posten, promoted to deputy editor and with a bigger geographical area to cover. This includes isolated hill town Visberg, where a grisly murder isn't the only terrifying thing going on . The opening chapter is terrifying and the pace keeps up until the last sentence. I really could not put this down but didn't want it to end. Especially not like that! This a Scandi-gothic chiller and Tuva and the ones she loved are in for more tension and danger than ever before. I love the Tuva series, and Tuva remains as spiky and engaging as ever. You could start here, but if you haven't met Tuva it would be more fun to start from the beginning and watch the whole thing unfold.
OMG what a book , what an ending, what an absolutely brilliant read ! I have loved every book featuring Tuva Moodyson but this one was by far my favourite so far and I am now chomping at the bit waiting for the next in the series as I’m desperate to find out more, I can’t say anymore but if you read the book you will know what I mean. Will Dean has written another fabulously atmospheric thriller with the wonderful Tuva at the helm and this one is one hell of a gruesome tale it gave me shivers down my spine and I loved every page! This author has got an ability to make you actually feel the darkness in the story not only with the vivid descriptions of the scenery but also with a cast of weird and wonderful characters present in the story and this book certainly has plenty of those. It’s a creepy story even more than previous books but it’s also an excellent thriller with many of the characters from previous books and also lots of new and very strange and eerie ones also. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series and you want a damn good read then please give them a try this one can be read d as a stand-alone but it’s a shame to miss out on the back story of Tuva and many of the other characters in the books just a warning though once you pick this book and others up you won’t be able to put them down they are all amazing! Can’t praise the book and author enough I loved everything about it many thanks to Will Dean for an outstanding read that deserves more than the five stars I can give. My thanks also to NetGalley and Oneworld Publications, Point Blank for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book, but my review and comments are my own. I've read, devoured, and eagerly awaited the next Tuva book since Dean first released Dark Pines. For fans of the series, Bad Apples slowly turns up the creepy horror element up a notch. If I'd read this first, I think it would just tip me over the edge past the enjoyment phase, but as all his books have been just a little more creepy than the last, I feel I'm acclimatised by it all! (Also, this says far more about my intolerance for horror, than it does about Dean's writing!). We follow Tuva as she settles back into Toytown, after her promotion - and part of her new role is covering the news for Visberg as well as Gavrick - meaning we get a whole new cast of wild and wonderful characters! The tension, the traditions, the 'this is so wild I can't even picture what this room looks / smells like', is so wonderfully crafted - it comes to the climax so viscerally (I swear parts of my body actually hurt reading this scene), that I needed the last few pages for my heart to calm down a little. We've seen Tuva grow, mature, deal with the trauma of past cases, and so the ending of this one has me on the edge of the edge of the edge of my seat, and I NEED book 5, like, NOW, please and thank you.
#TeamTuva all the way! Seriously though this series of books just keep getting better and better. I read a lot of books during the year but the Tuva series is one of the very few series that I read because it is just so good. This book is definitely dark, and uses the remote landscape to perfect effect, balanced with great characters that we get to know that little bit better with each read. Tuva is a truly unique character surrounded by a host of other complex characters shaped by the small community they live in.