Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)

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Reading an Orenda Books publication brings such feelings of comfort because I know I’m guaranteed a good read! Welcome to my stop on the Snare blog tour, an exciting new crime thriller from Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir.

Book Description:

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.

Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)”

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Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg (Patrick Hedström #1)

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I’m [not] sorry to be adding to your crime thriller series pile – the latest series you need to start, if you haven’t already, is the Patrick Hedström series, starting with book one – The Ice Princess.

From the back cover:

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Meanwhile local detective Patrick Hedström is following his own suspicions about the case. it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past… Continue reading “Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg (Patrick Hedström #1)”

Book Review: Marked for Revenge by Emelie Schepp (Jana Berzelius #2)

Marked for Revenge - Emelie Schepp

Marked for Revenge follows Marked for Life in the Jana Berzelius trilogy.

Book Description:

When a girl overdoses smuggling drugs across the Swedish border, the trail points to the one man Jana Berzelius most wants to destroy.

Notorious criminal Danillo Pena knows the truth about Jana’s old identity – and, as one of Sweden’s best-respected public prosecutors, Jana can’t risk that information becoming public knowledge. With Danillo closing in, Jana knows she must hunt her nemesis down…and kill him, before he can reveal her secrets.

But, as she prepares for the fight of her life, Jana discovers an even more explosive betrayal—one that will take her deep into a deadly network of crime. Continue reading “Book Review: Marked for Revenge by Emelie Schepp (Jana Berzelius #2)”

Book Review: Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp (Jana Berzelius #1)

Marked for Life - Emelie Schepp

I added this book to my wish list a year ago so I’m delighted to finally have “visited” Sweden to see what public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has been up to…

Book Description:

In Lindö, on the Swedish coast, a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.

The victim, Hans Juhlén, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell.

Hans Juhlén had no children.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlén – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits.

The small body is a bleak reminder that Jana has her own secrets to hide. And if she is to keep them safe, she must find the perpetrator behind these crimes…before the police do. Continue reading “Book Review: Marked for Life by Emelie Schepp (Jana Berzelius #1)”

Blog Tour | Review: A Presence of Absence by Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim

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What do you get when you mix Brit Crime with Nordic Noir? You get the start of a new crime series! A Presence of Absence is the first book in The Odense Series and I’m delighted to be a part of the blog tour for this one, and sharing my review with you all today.

Book Description:

A Presence of Absence is the first book in The Odense Series. Although this is a solid crime novel, it also begins and ends with grief for many of the characters, personal demons and life decisions.

A gritty murder case gets in the way of the characters’ everyday lives and sends the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish city of Odense, into a panic.

British detective Simon Weller escapes the fallout from the recent suicide of his Danish wife, Vibeke and heads out to her home city of Odense. But once there he is paired up with a local detective, Jonas, who is also about to his rock bottom in his home life, and they must overcome their differences and personal problems to try and catch one of the worst serial killers Odense has ever seen. The case takes them back into past decades as history starts catching up with some of the local inhabitants. When Simon realises that his wife’s suicide may not be all it seems and her name appears in the case, his integrity within the case is compromised, how far will he go to find out the truth of Vibeke’s past and hide it from his already troubled police partner?

Back home in London Simon’s family are struggling with their own web of lies and deceit and the family is falling apart.

With one family hiding a dark secret, the whole case is just about to reach breaking point. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Review: A Presence of Absence by Sarah Surgey & Emma Vestrheim”