Category Nordic Noir Writers

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 […]

Lost You by Haylen Beck #LostYouHaylenBeck @HaylenBeck and @HarvillSecker @Bloody Scotland

Today we have an extract for you to read from Haylen Beck’s new novel Lost You. You may be familiar with Northern Ireland’s Haylen Beck (pen name name for Stuart Neville) from Bloody Scotland where he will appear again this year.  The page turning story, which is published today,  goes like this: Libby would do […]

Fermented Shark Optional – my experience at #IcelandNoir

In this article Tricia, a creative writing graduate, crime fiction fan and regular volunteer at Bloody Scotland,  shares with us her experience of Iceland Noir. Thank you Tricia! It’s not often in this life that you get to achieve a long-held dream and even rarer when you get to do it in the company of […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Ice Swimmer (with extract) by Norway’s Kjell Ola Dahl #bookreview

In 2016 it was announced that the UK’s Orenda Books had a 2 book deal with Norwegian author Kjell Ola Dahl.  Published  in 14 countries and winner of numerous prizes his books are popular around the world.  The Ice Swimmer (translated by Don Bartlett) is the second of these books and we were lucky to receive an […]

Indridason News

I’m delighted to feature an exclusive extract from Arnaldur Indriðason’s The Shadow Killer on the blog today. Plus: to celebrate the publication of the novel, the good people at Harvill Secker have donated two copies to give away to UK readers! All you need to do is answer one simple question (see the bottom of […]