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Lilja Sigurðardóttir's Snare optioned for television

Lilja Sigurðardóttir is part of the new wave of Icelandic crime fiction, a now burgeoning and internationally-recognised source of mystery and thriller stories.

The island’s crime fiction community is indebted to the likes of pioneers like Arnaldur Indriðason, Árni Þórarinsson and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, who forged a furrow for the likes of Lilja and Ragnar Jonasson and others to follow. 403 more words


Book review: The Darkness, by Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jónasson is an Icelandic crime fiction writer who has rapidly established a reputation for sharp, sparse, noirish crime novels through his five-book ‘Dark Iceland’ series that follows the exploits of Detective Ari Thór Arason. 266 more words

The Legacy

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardottir

Translator: Victoria Cribb

Country: Iceland

Publisher: Hodder UK

If you like crime fiction dark and engaging look no further. The Legacy is a cracking start to a new series by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, based around a children’s home in Reykjavik, Iceland. 446 more words

Crime Fiction

Book review: Jar City, by Arnaldur Indriðason

Arnaldur Indriðason is a prolific Icelandic crime fiction writer and a former journalist and film critic. His work, which has won several awards including the Glass Key and the Gold Dagger, has largely focussed on the investigations of the Reykjavík detective Erlendur, and all but the first two of those novels have been translated into English. 431 more words

Nightblind: Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jónasson’s Nightblind is the second novel in the Dark Iceland series. Nightblind takes place about five years after the wonderfully atmospheric  Snowblind. The third book in the series is… 493 more words


Book review: Whiteout, by Ragnar Jónasson

Ragnar Jónasson is an Icelandic lawyer, university lecturer, TV journalist and crime fiction writer with eight books to his name, five of which (the ‘Dark Iceland’ series featuring young police officer Ari Thór Arason) have been translated into English. 364 more words

Book review: Snare, by Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Lilja Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic crime novelist and playwright. (Note that the ‘Sigurðardóttir’ patronymic doesn’t imply any genealogical connection with fellow Icelandic crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir: it merely means their fathers had the same first name.) Of Lilja’s five novels to date, only one, … 383 more words