We are meeting up for the January Crime book club on Google+ hangouts onair on Wednesday 15th January 8 p.m. GMT to discuss The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter by Malcolm Mackay. It promises to be an interesting discussion. If you still haven’t read the book, you have two days, so quick, pick it up!
For February we are reading Icelandic Crime.
Marina Sofia has nominated the following, either books or authors to try. Let me know your vote by leaving a comment or on the Facebook page, or on Twitter using the #crimebookclub hashtag. Alternatively, vote on the night at the meeting.
Jar City by Arnaldur Indriðason
When a lonely old man is found murdered in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur, who heads the investigation team, discovers that many years ago the victim was accused, though not convicted, of an unsolved crime. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him?
As the team of detectives reopen this very cold case, Inspector Erlenduruncovers secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man–secrets that have been carefully guarded by many people for many years. As he follows a fascinating trail of unusual forensic evidence, Erlendur also confronts stubborn personal conflicts that reveal his own depth and complexity of character.
Frozen Assest by Quentin Bates
A body is found floating in the harbor of a rural Icelandic fishing village. Was it an accident, or something more sinister? It’s up to Officer Gunnhildur, a sardonic female cop, to find out. Her investigation uncovers a web of corruption connected to Iceland’s business and banking communities. Meanwhile, a rookie crime journalist latches onto her, looking for a scoop, and an anonymous blogger is stirring up trouble. The complications increase, as do the stakes, when a second murder is committed. Frozen Assets is a piercing look at the endemic corruption that led to the global financial crisis that bankrupted Iceland’s major banks and sent the country into an economic tailspin from which it has yet to recover.
Someone to Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Berglind hurried to her son and pulled him forcefully from the window. She held him close and tried at the same time to wipe the windowpane. But the haze couldn’t be wiped away. It was on the outside of the glass.
Pési looked up at her. ‘Magga’s outside. She can’t get in. She wants to look after me.’ He pointed at the window and frowned. ‘She’s a little bit angry.’
A young man with Down’s Syndrome has been convicted of burning down his care home and killing five people, but a fellow inmate at his secure psychiatric unit has hired Thora to prove Jakob is innocent. If he didn’t do it, who did? And how is the multiple murder connected to the death of Magga, killed in a hit and run on her way to babysit?
February’s meeting will be Wednesday 19th February at 8 PM GMT.
I look forward to chatting on Wednesday!