Category Iceland Noir

A multiplicity of female characters – Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir – #Giveaway

What Lilja does so well in her writing is tell an exciting, terrifyingly realistic human story through a multiplicity of female characters. The story is revealed through the roles of women; lover, hard worker, caring mother, controlling mother, scared wife, dying wife, alpha female and totally mental double-crossing psychopathic control freak.  I can’t recall another […]

Volunteering @BloodyScotland – an inspiration!

In this piece we hear from Tricia Golledge, a well experienced, locally based volunteer at Bloody Scotland, which takes place in the city of Stirling in September every year. A very friendly festival with a massive amount of choice it is always a joy to attend.  They even have a local cocktail in honour of […]

Loner by Hildur Sif Thorarensen #Iceland #Norway #Review

Loner, original title Einfari, is a debut novel by Icelandic author Hildur Sif Thorarensen.  Hildur Sif lives in Oslo where she currently studies medicine (having previously completed Master’s Degree in Software Engineering and Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science). Judging by her desire to learn and to experience more, it’s no surprise that in any spare moment […]

Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir – A risk worth taking

This book is a tense tale of risk, deception, smuggling and love. Sonja has found herself in a situation where she is forced to smuggle cocaine whilst attempting to maintain relationships with the people in her life and slowly developing a plan to escape her situation. Sonja’s lover Agla is currently being prosecuted for her part […]

Quais du Polar by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Quais du Polar is France´s biggest festival of crime fiction, attracting tens of thousands of readers every year. The festival is different from many others in the sense that it is a book-selling event on a large scale, and the panels and on-stage interviews with the authors are just the icing on the cake.   […]

Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson

‘There was something sinister about this whole affair, Ari Thor thought, some inexplicable incident  that had been kept secret. He was certain that he was coming closer to a solution, but he would need to dig deeper.’ (Rupture by R. Jonasson) I have a colleague at work who has been to Iceland and has lumps […]

Out On The Ice by Grant Nicol

Grant Nicol is an author who follows the story. Wherever it takes him, and he won’t stop until the story is firmly expressed in words. To start with, after several trips to the land of ice and fire he settled in Reykjavík and produced three books: On A Small Island, The Mistake and A Place […]

Thomas Enger’s Ultimate Terror

Norwegian author Thomas Enger caught my attention in Reykjavik at the Iceland Noir festival with a description of his ultimate terror. The whole room was silent and captivated as he described his. It was a spellbinding moment and I knew I had to read his books. The terror Enger described at Iceland Noir was the […]

Icelandic Connections by Ewa Sherman (Guest Blogger)

Sometimes you find a literary gem all by yourself. Sometimes you need a helping hand. I’ve just read an incredible book Angels of the Universe by Einar Már Guðmundsson, the Icelandic author of novels, short stories and poetry; a book that made a lasting impression on the Icelandic nation, and all those who had an […]

Iceland Noir – a short film about experience 

This film is all about experience at a crime writing festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. It contains interviews with authors, fans and one of the festival organisers as well as images, music and some text. It was made as piece of academic work in 2014 to allow me to explore videography as a tool for research. […]