I love the Scandinavian mystery writers and Mankell is one of my favorites. The Fifth Woman kept me reading. It was difficult to put the book down. Mr Mankell develops his characters so the reader really gets to know what makes them tick. All except the murderer. Tyhere one's not quite sure. Althought the location name are foreign the average reader, he/she gets a real feel for the country. it's weather, it's gepgraphy, and the inhabitants.