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Full Name: Hollis & Finn Larsson
Series Name: World Of Spies Mystery
Nationality: American
Organization: Interpol
Occupation Other - Professor

Creator: Clare O'Donohue
Time Span: 2018 - 2019


Hollis and Finn Larsson are college professors.

They are a married couple who are both instructors at Bradford University, "a small but prestigious institution in Southwestern Michigan". Both have recently turned 40 years old and both have keep in reasonably good shape, Hollis more than her husband, Finn, since she is active in "running, yoga, boxing" and whatever else she can work in. Finn is a bit more sedentary when we meet them initially, having become a recent die-hard fan of baseball and is glued to television for any Cubs game. A couple years before, it had been archery which at least got him outdoors on occasion.

Finn is a "nationally recognized expert in European literature", accordint to Hollis though Finn quickly amends that to be "internationally". Hollis teaches courses in both History and in World Politics, the latter being her key interest though during the time we follow their adventures, she has been planning and then writing a history of the United Nations. Since both have achieved tenure at that institution, both have achieved their initial goal in life and have reached a good level of security.

It is Hollis that is feeling a bit of unease in her life - okay, she has gotten more than a little bored. She loves her husband and loves teaching and truly enjoys Bradford. There is just something missing, a sense of adventure to give her some drive back in her day-to-day. Not so much with Finn, at least not at first, as there was always it seemed another baseball game coming up and for a real exciting time, how about a trip to Chicago to take in a Cubs game live.

That is when Interpol comes calling. Not the whole organization, of course, but one individual. David Agnelli, an old friend from before she met Finn; "so old time she'd never mentioned to him" which presented "a whole can of worms she'd hoped never to open". And with his visit we learn how Hollis had thought for a time of joining the CIA and had even graduated the Agency's Farm training at the top of her class before deciding on returning to Michigan. Agnelli had been in that same class and had gone on to work for the CIA for a time before making a switch to the State Department and through it, Interpol and a little known department in that organization.

Which is how the Larssons will find themselves involved in far away from their comfort zones.


Number of Books:2
First Appearance:2018
Last Appearance:2019

1 Beyond the Pale Beyond the Pale
Written by Clare O'Donohue
Copyright: 2018

"It's an easy, twenty-minute job. At least, that's the pitch from Interpol to professors Hollis and Finn Larsson. Going undercover to procure a priceless rare book manuscript means an all-expenses paid trip abroad. A little danger thrown into the mix may even spice up their marriage.
Soon after landing in the Emerald Isle, they realize the job is anything but easy. Their contact is a no-show and they're left with fifty thousand euros, a death threat, and some serious questions. Ducking and dodging their way across Ireland, Hollis and Finn must hunt down the priceless manuscript and a missing agent while trying to stay one step ahead of a dangerous and unknown enemy."

2 Breaking the Dance Breaking the Dance
Written by Clare O'Donohue
Copyright: 2019

"Husband and wife college professors Hollis and Finn Larsson think their days as accidental spies are behind them. But just weeks into a new school year, a mysterious envelope arrives containing two passports. The photos are of Hollis and Finn but the names are Janet and Tim McCabe. Within hours, the couple is forced onto a private plane headed to Argentina with an Interpol mission to find Irish art thief Declan Murphy and a haphazard plan to get home with their lives - and marriage - intact. As clues take them from the mountainous north through the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, they rush to find Declan and escape from the clutches of those who would do them harm."


This two-book series is a combination of spy adventure and mystery and as such it works quite well. It is, IMHO, even more a tale of two people who love each other quite a lot but who have just started to be, well, bored with their lives, she more than he but then again he has baseball! 

Watching these two get involved in matters far outside their comfort zone - not to mention his having learned for the first time about her going through CIA training and then there is the whole former boyfriend coming to call again. That is where the enjoyment for me in this series came in and for that I am quite grateful to the author.


My Grade: B+


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