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 quickly, she is suspicious that the man's death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours. The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence. She finds herself alone and less than welcome in this hostile environment as she tries to find out who it was that made sure the young man drowned on a dark night one hundred kilometres from where he should have been - and why.
Although born in the UK in 1962, through a series of coincidences Quentin Bates found himself working in Iceland in his gap year. The gap year then became 10 years, during which time he managed to get himself married, produce a family, and generally go native in Iceland. The family then moved back to the UK in 1990 where Quentin became a full-time journalist on a commercial fishing magazine. Frozen Assets was born through the author's own inside knowledge of Iceland and its society, along with exploring the world of crime. He and his (Icelandic) wife frequently return to Iceland, where they have many friends, including several in the Reykjavik police.
©2011 Quentin Bates (P)2013 Audible Ltd
This was a good story. The characters are believable as are their actions.
Complete confusion over the number of characters with names starting with 'S'; Snorri, Skuli, Steini...
Mel Hudson can produce a wide variety of character voices.
Iceland is a country of born storytellers and a very large majority of Iceland's residents speak English. Why then, did the narrator have/use a British accent? That was very disconcerting and disappointing.
Definitely something I will be listening to again, well narrated as long as you can handle those long Icelandic names.
I really liked this book and hence bought book 2&3 of this series and hope there will be more to come. I agree that the Icelandic names are hard to digest. On the other side I really liked the female detective, a single mother who is not a beauty queen and tries hard to bring shift work and family life together.
"Fabulous female detective, who is normal!"
I really enjoyed this Icelandic detective story, not your typical Nordic noir, but more upbeat and with hope at the end. Gunhilda is a great role model for any modern girl. Griping story and realistic characters.
Read well and easy to remember Icelandic names which is sometimes difficult in these Scandinavian books.
I have read books 2 & 3 and can't wait for the next one to come out, I m hooked.
Enjoyed the developing storyline and characters, but as I waited for an exciting denouement, the story suddenly hit the wall. Would be interested in seeing how the Gunnhilder detective develops, but am concerned that the same would happen agaiin, so not inclined to read/listen further.
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