There’s nothing like a bit of blood and ice when the weather starts warming up and I found Mons Kallentoft’s Midwinter Sacrifice just hit the spot during the heat of last week. An obese, dead man is found hanging from a tree in the countryside, and the police have to start trying to work out who he is and then just who wanted to kill him. We get involved with ancient Swedish gods, a corpse that is watching and commenting on the investigation, and a detective, a single mother, dealing with a difficult investigation and a teenage daughter. The story caught me up, and I revelled in the freezing snow when it was so hot outside. This is the first of what will be a quartet.