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Van der Valk—Love in Amsterdam: A Novel (Van Der Valk Mistery Book 1)

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30 review for Van der Valk—Love in Amsterdam: A Novel (Van Der Valk Mistery Book 1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sue F

    Love in Amsterdam was published in the early 1960s, and sadly, it shows its age a bit. From the time early in the book when Inspector Van der Valk asks the main suspect whether the victim was a “nymphomaniac”, I realized that the background of Love in Amsterdam, while perhaps acceptable at the time it was written, might be problematic in the 2020s. And, sure enough, a fair amount of discussion was spent on the victim’s sexual mores, in a way which felt judgmental to me, with shades of “blaming t Love in Amsterdam was published in the early 1960s, and sadly, it shows its age a bit. From the time early in the book when Inspector Van der Valk asks the main suspect whether the victim was a “nymphomaniac”, I realized that the background of Love in Amsterdam, while perhaps acceptable at the time it was written, might be problematic in the 2020s. And, sure enough, a fair amount of discussion was spent on the victim’s sexual mores, in a way which felt judgmental to me, with shades of “blaming the victim”. Not to say that the victim was a good person – she had multiple facets of her personality that were unattractive - but the emphasis on this particular one annoyed me. I did like the writing style a lot, however, and I like mysteries set in foreign places, so I persevered. And I found that if I suspended my judgement about the victim-blaming, underneath there was an enjoyable, if somewhat unconventional, police procedural. I especially liked the twists and turns as even the main suspect, Martin, seems to wonder if maybe he did it after all. All-in-all, though, I was underwhelmed by this particular book, and so I’m giving it only three stars. Please note, however, that I do fondly remember reading and enjoying several other titles in this series in paperback, many years ago, so please don’t take this review as necessarily representative of the whole series. Also please note that I was provided with an advance review copy of the upcoming e-book version of this title by Hanover Square Press/Edelweiss, however, this did not affect my review in any way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Kempner

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    Matthew Sibenik

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda F Lowe

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