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.
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the narrator was distracting in her pace of reading, lilting narration and her attempts to produce character's names with an Icelandic accent. I had to stop listening as a result. May read on own as story itself may be good.
The narration is better suited to a children's book than an adult crime novel. Jolly jolly jolly. No hint of menace, no attempt to create Scandinavian-ness in English. All blue collar workers have lower class regional British accents. All white collar workers have the upper class accent of the narrator. Do the narrator and producer think that all crime novels are English country house novels? Really really disappointed. And unfortunately as the other novels by this author are narrated by the same person, I won't be buying any of those either. Can't really take this seriously,
Hard to say because the narration was so disctracting. But by an large, it seemed like a good crime novel. As mentioned, the jolly narration prevented any build of tension or sense of menace.
Mel Hudson may well be perfect, but could someone clue her in on what fans of Scandinavian noir like about the genre.
I don't know because I listen rather than read. Listening to this book was a delight.
It kept me engaged and it compelled me to listen to all the other Quintin Bates books Audible has on offer.
He brings life to the characters and distinction between and among them.
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.
"Entertaining Icelandic murder, nice heroine"
Enjoyed this one on the car stereo while driving around Iceland on holiday! Great reading. Good pace story with some nice and some baddy characters. Believable female protagonist. Recommended.
Make the names a little more English. I had to keep rewinding to remember who was who, bit frustrating.
Yes and no. I loved the narration, especially the different English accents. The story wants you to stay with it and get to the end. I found myself thinking of other things while listening, not a good sign. The story was slow and there is a definite lack of excitement.
I am going to give book 2 a chance as I have already bought it.
"Good easy listening but a bit long"
Could hv bn a bit shorter and still conveyed the story. Well read and interesting but not a page turner for me
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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