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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...

Burial Rites

Burial Rites
  • Author(s): Hannah Kent
  • Location(s): Iceland, Kornsa
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1829

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife...

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...

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,...

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...

Rupture

Rupture
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Siglufjörður, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s and modern

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes...

Seal Woman

Seal Woman
  • Author(s): Solveig Eggerz
  • Location(s): Berlin, Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Description: In the rubble of post-World War II Berlin, artist Charlotte flees her past and everything she’s lost by responding to an ad calling for ‘strong women who can cook and do farm work’ in Iceland. But painful memories...

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