Norwegian professor and cryptologist Linus Lindehagen is found murdered in an apartment in Oslo the same evening he is supposed to give a lecture at the Royal Society in London, where he will reveal the sensational contents of a mysterious medieval parchment, known as the Voynich manuscript. Nobody has so far managed to decrypt the ancient symbols and writings.
The eccentric special unit investigator at the Oslo police force, Skarphedin Olsen, is the first to arrive at the crime scene. Olsen gets involved in a case that turns out to be sinister and with a confusing chain of events and deaths.
Who is willing to commit murder for the contents of this parchment not to become public? And what is the parchment all about ? Olsen and his team are facing an apparently insolvable crime.
Parallelly, in the 1400s, a monk in an Italian monastery is writing…”
” The Parchment” eventually culminate in a dramatic and surprising end. Packed with action and as usual; Nygårdshaug is entertaining the reader with his insight in historical peculiarities not known to everyman.
Nygardshaug gives private investigator Skarphedin Olsen a comeback. With his characteristic vivid and unrestrained fantasy, he does a much more interesting and exciting tale then what the well known «medieval parchment» suggest. Nygaardshaug writes crime with a liberating sense of humor, which this genre is not often blessed withGeir Rakvaag, Dagsavisen
The Parchment is delightfully playful; a book that meets all my requirements to an intelligent and well written crime novel. It is magnificent in both small and big details; the variety of the characters- and it is also painting out the really big lines and thoughts. 6/6 on the diceOle Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisen
The Parchment has references to other novels in the same genre, such as The Da Vinci Code and Tom Egeland’s books. Nevertheless it stands out, informal and shrewd at the same time . Just enjoy. 5/6 on the diceKjetil Skotte, Oppland Arbeiderblad