Category Archives: Iceland

Season of the Witch by Arni Thorarinsson

Season of the Witch by Arni Thorarinsson translated by Anna Yates Amazon Crossing, 2012 first published in Iceland as Tími nornarinnar (The Witching Hour), 2005 Einar #4 Reviewed at Petrona, August 2012.

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Black Skies by Arnaldur Indridason

Indridason, Arnaldur – ‘Black Skies’ (translated by Victoria Cribb)  Hardback: 336 pages (June 2012) Publisher: Harvill Secker ISBN: 1846555817 In a book first published in Iceland in 2009, but set in 2005, the black skies of the title are gathering not … Continue reading

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Meltwater by Michael Ridpath

Ridpath, Michael – ‘Meltwater’  Hardback: 320 pages (June 2012) Publisher: Atlantic Books ISBN: 085789644X The third in this author’s Fire and Ice series, set in Iceland, is as fast and packed with incident as the first two books, WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE and 66 DEGREES NORTH. … Continue reading

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Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates

Bates, Quentin – ‘Cold Comfort’  Paperback: 336 pages (Mar. 2012) Publisher: Robinson ISBN: 1849013616 After her exploits in her first outing, FROZEN OUT, the admirable Gunnhilder Gisladottir has been transferred to Reykjavik, newly promoted to Sergeant – although because of the financial … Continue reading

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The Flatey Enigma by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

The Flatey Enigma by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson translated by Brian Fitzgibbon Amazon Crossing, 2012 (first published in Iceland 2002) Reviewed at Petrona, March 2012.

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Death in a Cold Climate by Barry Forshaw

Forshaw, Barry – ‘Death in a Cold Climate’ Trade paperback: 224 pages (Jan. 2012) Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 0230361447 DEATH IN A COLD CLIMATE is the perfect book for those who have sampled and enjoyed a little Scandinavian crime in … Continue reading

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The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Sigurdardottir, Yrsa – ‘The Day is Dark’ (translated by Philip Roughton) Trade Paperback: 432 pages (July 2011) Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton ISBN: 144470009X In the remote, snowy wastes of Greenland, things go very wrong at a mining facility, Berg Technology. … Continue reading

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Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason

Indridason, Arnaldur – ‘Outrage’ (translated by Anna Yates) Paperback: 288 pages (June 2011) Publisher: Harvill Secker ISBN: 1846555507 OUTRAGE is a classic crime novel, in the sense that it tells a story independent of modern technology and gimmicks. It’s also … Continue reading

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Scandinavian Crime Fiction eds Andrew Nestingen & Paula Arvas

Scandinavian Crime Fiction eds Andrew Nestingen & Paula Arvas University of Wales Press, 2011. Reviewed at Petrona, November 2011.

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66 Degrees North by Michael Ridpath

Ridpath, Michael – ’66 Degrees North’ Hardback: 352 pages (May 2011) Publisher: Corvus ISBN: 1848874006 The second in the Fire and Ice series is an intelligent, scorchingly paced, energetic thriller, relying for its effect on plot and character rather than … Continue reading

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