Rupture

Written by Ragnar Jonasson, translated by Quentin Bates — Iceland’s modern answer to Agatha Christie is back in fine fettle, with a tale of two mysteries set in the northernmost…

Iceland Noir: Magical murder tour

What is it that makes Icelandic crime fiction so captivating? It was the Magical Murder Tour that wrapped up Iceland Noir yesterday which provided many of…

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Blackout

Written by Ragnar Jonasson, translated by Quentin Bates — Icelandic writer Ragnar Jonasson and his young detective Ari Thor had established a considerable fan base,…

Medieval monk murder mystery & more

On the Radar — Yes it’s all about setting this week as Cardiff detective Fiona Griffiths ventures into the countryside to investigate a body found in…

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Nightblind

Written by Ragnar Jonasson, translated by Quentin Bates — With its unique blend of a Golden Age-style mystery and a bleak, frozen Icelandic setting, Snowblind…

NTN: The five best debuts of 2015

New Talent November has had its highlights for sure. We met the women authors to watch for in 2016, and some of America’s hottest new crime…

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Snowblind

Our thirst for Scandinavian gloom, death and despair remains unquenched. Ragnar Jónasson takes us to the bleak and suitably isolated town of Siglufjörđur, about as…

Snowblind

Written by Ragnar Jónasson, translated by Quentin Bates — What expectations do you find yourself harbouring when you pick up a Scandinavian crime novel? Nordic…

Interview: Ragnar Jonasson

There has been quite a buzz building up about the young Icelandic author Ragnar Jonasson. The first of his novels to be translated into English, Snowblind, landed…

Interview: Quentin Bates

Quentin Bates moved to Iceland at the end of the 1970s for a gap year which turned into a gap decade, merrily acquiring a new…

Iceland Noir: the Nordic setting

It was the entire city of Reykjavik that played host to Iceland Noir this afternoon, as conference guests braved the cold winds to hear Iceland’s…

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