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Frozen Assets: Introducing the Gunnhilder Mystery Series Set in Iceland

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Quentin Bates

A Note to Readers from Quentin BatesMuch of what became Frozen Assets took shape during Iceland's financial boom. Reykjavík prospered and the country's bankers were hailed as financial wonders who appeared to have dug up a whole cache of Philosopher's … see full wiki

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Author: Quentin Bates
Publisher: Soho Crime
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Murder during the Icelandic crash

  • Feb 7, 2011
Bates' debut introduces a rural Icelandic cop, Officer Gunnhildur Gisladottir, 36-year-old widowed mother of two teens, one already working the fishing boats. Gunna is prickly and guarded, but not easily ruffled - or intimidated.

When she finds a body in the harbor that appears to be a drunken accident, she follows her doubts, uncovering another accidental death and a link between them.

Meanwhile, the anonymous Skandalblogger, exposing corruption in high places, enrages the head of a major PR firm and her philandering husband, an environmental minister, both of whom are steeped in shady deals and quick money.

It's 2008 and the action moves around the small country from rural seaside to Reykjavik, encompassing fishermen and finance ministers in the reckless greed and optimism of development. But hints of uncertainty multiply as building sites go idle, rumors fly and tensions build towards the crash that readers know is coming.

British author and sometime Icelandic resident Bates embeds his well-paced mystery in this strange time, making (some) sense of it for American readers while introducing us to a heroine we could enjoy for the long haul. He doesn't skimp on the plot either, intertwining Gunna's investigation with the killer's movements and ratcheting up suspense as he brings it all together in a rousing finale.

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