‘You’re trying to be offensive.’ ‘I don’t have to try. It comes naturally,’ Gunna told him. ‘Especially when people are economical with the truth. Quentin Bates’ latest novel Cold Malice focuses on two strands: suicide of an enigmatic artist Áskell Hafberg, and the apparent drowning of his wife Birna five years earlier, and the under-the-radar […]

Reykjavík detective Gunnhildur Gísladóttir tries not to believe in ghosts. But when Helgi, one of her team is certain he’s seen a man who had been declared dead more than fifteen years ago, she reluctantly gives him some unofficial leeway to look into it. Has the not-so-dead man returned from the grave to settle old […]

Today it is my great pleasure to share my thoughts on The Creak on the Stairs, the debut novel from Icelandic author Eva Björg Ægisdóttir. My thanks to publisher Orenda Books who provided the advance copy of this little gem for me to read and to Anne Cater for inviting me to join the tour. […]

Sweeping, ambitious and entertaining Cold Malice, by Quentin Bates – book review

Quentin Bates is an author whose work you should get to know if you enjoy reading Nordic Noir. Cold Malice continues on the investigations of one of my favourite females detectives Gunnhildur Gisladottir. Gunna as she is more affectionately known is an older, no nonsense, straight talking detective.  Gunna never fails to get to the […]

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? According to the Guinness Book of Records the world’s oldest bookstore is in Portugal. The Livraria Bertrand opened its doors in 1732 in Lisbon, and has never been shut. In the UK, our oldest bookstore is Hatchard’s (now a branch of Waterstones), inhabiting, by and large, the same prestigious Piccadilly…

I was so happy to hear about this festival happening.  Most people who have been to Bloody Scotland, Newcastle Noir or other crime writing festivals will probably be familiar with the wit, chat and work of Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh. I was even happier to hear about the idea behind it and that money […]

When a friend sends me a book because they think I will enjoy it then read it I must. This book is not nordic noir but it is set in Northern Sweden on the edge of the Arctic circle. The book contains some of the elements I associate with nordic noir and I have tried […]

Dahl almost pulls the whole thing down via Sister, by Kjell Ola Dahl – book review — Cafe thinking

Suspended from duty, Detective Frølich is working as a private investigator, when his girlfriend’s colleague asks for his help with a female asylum seeker, who the authorities are about to deport. She claims to have a sister in Norway, and fears that returning to her home country will mean instant death. Frølich quickly discovers the […] […]