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Cold Breath

A mysterious Middle-eastern philanthropist, whisked into frigid Iceland under cover of darkness, is put up in a remote cabin. He’s a special guest of the interior minister, with all the protection that affords. Reykjavik detective Gunnhildur’s reluctant duty is to babysit the charismatic mystery man…
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Cold Breath

Written by Quentin Bates — A British maritime expert who lived in Iceland for many years, Quentin Bates began his Gunnhildur series with Frozen Out back in 2011. Now we’re hitting the seventh novel, things are just as cold but there are some new challenges…
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Thin Ice

Quentin Bates brings us a delightful romp of a chiller, with a story line nicely balanced between the point of view of the criminals and the police. A catalogue of errors, from a missing getaway car, to kidnappers running out of petrol, to inquisitive neighbours,…
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Thin Ice

Written by Quentin Bates — How does Quentin Bates manage to do it all? Translate Ragnar Jonasson’s Icelandic crime series, organise the Iceland Noir festival, and produce on average one murder mystery a year. What’s more, all this productivity seems to be making his writing better…
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Summerchill

Written by Quentin Bates — What do you do if you’re a Scandibrit writer and you’re told that  Scandinavian crime stories always seem to take place in the winter months? Well, if you’re Quentin Bates, you decide to set your next book during the height of summer….
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Interview: Quentin Bates

Quentin Bates moved to Iceland at the end of the 1970s for a gap year which turned into a gap decade, merrily acquiring a new language, family and profession over there. As well as being a commercial fishing expert, he is the author of a series…
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Cold Steal by Quentin Bates

This is not the first novel we’ve reviewed in the series featuring indomitable, good-natured Icelandic detective Gunnhildur Gisladottir, and I hope that it won’t be the last one. The author is a dab hand at weaving political and social commentary about post-bankruptcy Iceland into a…
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