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As Red as Blood

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Top-notch Finnish murder mystery has great female heroine.

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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Ruined with one sentence

While this is a great story, there is one sentence on page 212 referencing a room with "adult tastes" and other more specific tools. I could not in good conscience have this in my middle school library, so have passed it on to the high school. It is unfortunate, because up to that point, it was perfectly acceptable and really, really good - The girl with the dragon tattoo for kids.

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Mystery fans, especially those who like to read about foreign countries, will get a kick out of author Salla Simukka's novel. It has that dark noir quality inherent to Scandinavian crime fiction, and, with a plot that revolves around murder, stolen money, and blackmail, it's extremely thrilling. Lumikka Andersson is one tough heroine and extremely likable from beginning to end, and Simukka does a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere in the freezing and snowy Finnish winter.

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