5th book in the Villette-series!

Rekviem in Villette (direct translation)

This is Ingrid Hedström’s fifth book about Martine Poirot, that takes place in the fictional town of Villette, Belgium.  Ingrid Hedström is a Swedish journalist with focus on Europe. During the 1990s she lived in Brussels, Belgium.


The first part of the book takes place in the past (1983) and involves a murder of a young woman with a bay and is  strongly influenced by the whodunit-genre. There’s a handful of suspects with different personalities, including a young Martine Poirot, who is studying law in Brussels.  The police suspect that the case is linked to the “mother killer” who ruthlessly kills young blonde women with babies.

Part two begins in 1995 (present in the book) as a traditional puzzle detective story with an introduction of a detective. Julia Wastia, the former law clerk for Martine Poirot has just started an internship for a detective agency in Brussels when she gets her first case. After that we get a lot of facts and clues. All together there are three cases to keep track of. The murder in the 1980’s, Julia’s case and a triple murder that Martine is investigating. Of course, all three of them linked to each other …

Tangle of murders and mysteries

In this book I constantly had to flip back pages to find puzzle pieces, and there are lots of them to put together before all questions are answered. When the murderer was presented, I thought, “Oh that´s what I thought!” But then I realized that I actually had suspected all the suspects more or less in various stages of the book. They all have secrets and motives …. just as it should be in a murder mystery!

Almost top score

I like it and strongly recommend that you read this and the first four books in the series, if you have not already done so. However…I thought that the puzzle pieces fitted a little too perfect at the end and that some coincidences didnt´t exactly feel like coincidences. With that said, it was still a great murder mystery!.

The books have been translated in to Danish, German, Czech and Polish. Keep fingers crossed that they will be translated in to more languages!

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