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a journal of the plague year [more deconfined reviews]

July 18, 2020

Took a copy of Room 10 by Åke Edwardson yet again on the book sharing shelves at Dauphine. And read it within a few days, with limited enthusiasm as the story proceeds quite sluggishly, every single clue is driven to its very end, e.g. detailing the examination of security recordings for pages!, the Swedish background […]

Mýrin aka Jar City [book review]

July 26, 2015

Mýrin (“The Bog”) is the third novel in the Inspector Erlendur series written by Arnaldur Indridason. It contains the major themes of the series, from the fascination for unexplained disappearances in Iceland to Elendur’s inability to deal with his family responsibilities, to domestic violence, to exhumations. The death that starts the novel takes place in […]

voices – strange shores [book review]

July 5, 2014

Following my recent trip to Iceland, I read two more books by Arnaldur Indriðason, Voices (Röddin, 2003) and Strange Shores (Furðustrandir, 2010). As usual, Indriðason’s books are more about the past (of characters as well as of the whole country) than about current times. Voices does not switch from this pattern, the more because it […]

Harðskafi

July 23, 2011

Hypothermia is the 6th volume in the “Reykjavík Murder Mystery” series of Arnaldur Indriðason, featuring the inspector Erlunder. The book is hardly a crime fiction book, even less than the previous ones I read, and not so much about society this time as about the personal problems of Erlunder. (The title is the name of […]

Timi nornarinnar

February 26, 2011

I read this mystery by Árni Thórarinsson over last trips to both Montpellier and València. It has been translated into French (Le Temps de la Sorcière) but apparently not into English… As the more famous Indridason I read last summer en route to Vancouver, Timi nornarinnar takes place in contemporary Iceland and brings a similar […]