Crime Fiction Legends - July 2022

It's hot outside, and we want to be spending some time somewhere chilly. So this month, we decided to visit the ever popular sun-genre that is Scandinavian crime fiction - specifically Icelandic crime fiction. These two books represent two of our bestselling foreign mystery series, and two sides of the same coin thematically.

Snowblind: A Thriller (The Dark Iceland Series #1) By Ragnar Jonasson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250144683
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - November 7th, 2017

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Snowblind is the first in Jonasson's Dark Iceland series, featuring detective Ari Thor. Jonasson, the translator of many Agatha Christie books in the Icelandic, writes a Scandinavian series with a classic mystery feel.

Jar City: An Inspector Erlendur Novel (An Inspector Erlendur Series #1) By Arnaldur Indridason Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312426385
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Published: Picador - September 19th, 2006

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On the other hand, Jar City, the first Inspector Erlendur mystery by Gold Dagger-winning author Indridason, is classic Scandinavian Noir. Dark, cold, and gritty, this series is one of our absolute favorites for those who like their mysteries chilly and serious.

The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel (1) (Detective Varg Series #1) By Alexander McCall Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525565673
Availability: Able to Backorder
Published: Anchor - February 4th, 2020

Bonus Selection:

McCall Smith - true to his charming self - has nicknamed this series "Scandi Blanc" instead of "Scandi Noir." If you're looking for a Swedish series with a very light tone, this is for you. 

The Ice Princess: A Novel By Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camilla Läckberg, Steven T. Murray (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781451621747
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Published: Free Press - March 29th, 2011

Bonus Selection:

The first in her internationally-bestselling: Fjallbacka series, this is classic Scandinavian (Swedish) crime fiction for fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell.