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From the Mouth of the Whale

From the Mouth of the Whale
  • Author(s): Sjón
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1635

The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jónas Pálmason,...

Why Did You Lie

Why Did You Lie
  • Author(s): Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter...

Black Skies

Black Skies
  • Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason
  • Location(s): Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a ‘death mask’, once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile,...

Blackout

Blackout
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from...

Cage

Cage
  • Author(s): Lilja Sigurdardottir
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Noir, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her. As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland...

Chilled to the Bone (3)

Chilled to the Bone (3)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When a shipowner is found dead, tied to a bed in one of Reykjavik’s smartest hotels, sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir of the city police force sees no evidence of foul play but still suspects things are not as cut and...

Cold Comfort (2)

Cold Comfort (2)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 2000s

Following her promotion and working now from Reykjavik, Gunnhildur is given responsibility for two cases – the first in tracking down an escaped convict who’s keen to settle old scores, and the other, the murder of a TV fitness...

Cold Steal (4)

Cold Steal (4)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

A successful housebreaker who leaves no traces and no clues as he strips Reykjavík homes of their valuables has been a thorn in the police’s side for months. But when one night the thief breaks into the wrong house,...

Frozen Out (1)

Frozen Out (1)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 2000s

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik’s police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter...

Names for the Sea

Names for the Sea
  • Author(s): Sarah Moss
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

Novelist Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a...

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