Category Nordic literature

A terrifyingly realistic human story draws to its conclusion – #Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir #Iceland #Orentober #blogtour #IcelandNoir #books

As a reader I always find it bittersweet when I get to the end of a series I have enjoyed. The Reykjavik Noir Trilogy by Lilja Sigurdardottir has been an interesting and exciting series and Cage is the final book in it. The book has already won the title of Icelandic Crime Novel of the […]

The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdottir #Review #Iceland #BookReview #books #nordicnoir #snowflake #BloodyScotland

Sif Sigmarsdottir is a new Icelandic name to look out for.  She just appeared at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in Stirling, Scotland and we are delighted to review her new book The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake.  For a long time I have wanted to feature a Young Adult (Y.A.) book on this blog […]

#IcelandNoir Festival 2018 A review!

The dust (but not the ash cloud) has settled over the Iceland Noir crime fiction festival which was held between 15th and 18th November 2018 in Reykjavík.  We had a couple of willing volunteers there to review it for us. This first piece is by regular guest blogger Ewa Sherman who was Head of Volunteers […]

Nordic Noir Inspired Festive Wishlist (with discount code!)

If you are looking for gift ideas or want to treat yourself to something special or fun during the holidays this is a good place to start. We have been window shopping for a while and want to let you know what we like. Hopefully you will find something to enjoy over winter.  First up […]

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 […]

Scotland on my Mind by Antti Tuomainen

Continuing on with our series of author experiences at book festivals Finland’s Antti Tuomainen reports back on his Edinburgh International Book Festival experience in 2018.  This past August, I was fantastically fortunate to be invited to and to participate in the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I say this with gratitude and happiness because EIBF is […]

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 […]

Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen – A review

‘Reidar Rongved was around forty with dark-blond hair and stikingly thick glasses. It struck me that that might have been why he had chosen the bass: the instrument was big enough for him to see.’ (Big Sister, Gunnar Staalesen p197) Big Sister is a book which is concerned with a missing person’s case and just […]

Don’t Look Back by Karin Fossum #bookreview #Norway

Barry Forshaw rates Norway’s Karin Fossum highly as a writer and this is the starting point for me picking up this book.  Don’t Look Back is a police procedural set in small town Norway.  First a young child named Ragnhild goes missing then young woman, Annie Holland, is found dead under strange circumstances at a […]

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson #bookreview #guestblogger

It’s summer of 970. Meet the clan. A young woman Helga Finnsdottir has been living with the family for eleven years. She’s bright, intelligent, brave, and very anxious about forthcoming reunion at the settlement. Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson has retired from the longboats and settled down with Hildigunnur in a remote valley and now leads […]