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Jun 16, 2010, 11:47pm Top

Since it is so very hot here in Florida our mystery book club has decided to read about cold climates. Any suggestions for a really "cold" mystery?

Jun 17, 2010, 12:14am Top

Dead Cold by Louise Penny

Jun 17, 2010, 12:17am Top

Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow (aka Smilla's Sense of Snow).

Edited: Jun 17, 2010, 12:35am Top

Winter Study by Nevada Barr

Jun 17, 2010, 1:06am Top

Sue Henry and Dana Stabenow write mysteries set in Alaska.

Jun 17, 2010, 3:32am Top

Snow falling on cedars isn't quite as cold as the title suggests, but fairly chilly.

Jun 17, 2010, 6:10am Top

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is set in the Shetland Islands in January.

Jun 17, 2010, 7:10am Top

Winterfrost by wingfield might be a good idea

Edited: Jun 17, 2010, 7:55am Top

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith and even more so its follow up Polar Star - the first is set in Moscow and other parts of Russia, the second the Bering Strait and Alaska. It doesn't get much colder than that.

Another one that isn't a mystery per se, but has mysterious circumstances is In the Deep Midwinter by Robert Clark. It's the story of a family coming apart in 1950 Missouri. Very good and very under-read.

Jun 17, 2010, 9:41am Top

snow blind but it's the forth of the series.

Jun 17, 2010, 10:41am Top

The nine tailors by Dorothy L Sayers

Jun 17, 2010, 11:49am Top

last snow -- in Russia
Snow Angels -- in Finland

John Sandford's Prey series Take place in MN and some are in the winter such as winter prey

Sworn to Silence

Raising Atlantis -- Antarctica (very Dan brownish)
The Charlemagne Pursuit -- also Antarctica

Jun 17, 2010, 11:55am Top

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod, although it has a Christmas theme as well, not just winter.

Jun 17, 2010, 1:22pm Top

Jun 17, 2010, 1:29pm Top

Ken Follet's Whiteout. Lee Child's latest, 61 Hours is set in South Dakota in the winter...really friggin' cold. And C.J.Box's Joe Pickett books are set in Wyoming.

Jun 17, 2010, 1:46pm Top

I echo the recommendations for Smilla's Sense of Snow and the Martin Cruz Smith books (Red Square, too - I didn't like Stalin's Ghost as much).

I lesser known book that I thought was great is Blackwater by Kerstin Eckman. I couldn't bring it up here, but Amazon has it. I think it would lead to good group discussions as well.

Jun 17, 2010, 2:24pm Top

Both of the following are 1st mysteries in a series and very good, as well as providing winter atmospheres that are part of the story:

Cold Granite by Stuart MacBride
Forty Words for Sorrow by Giles Blunt

Jun 17, 2010, 3:50pm Top

Wow! Lots of great suggestions. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2010, 6:59pm Top

John Straley has a mystery series set in Sitka, Alaska. Private detective Cecil Younger.

Jun 17, 2010, 9:56pm Top

Also set in Sitka, Alaska is The Yiddish Policemen's Union, which is sure to get a bookgroup talking!

Jun 18, 2010, 4:43am Top

An oldie by Nicholas Blake, The Corpse in the Snowman - a fascinating whodunit.

Jun 18, 2010, 8:06am Top

I'm amazed no one has mentioned The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson.

Jun 18, 2010, 8:56am Top

Iceland! Arnaldur Indridason has a whole series set in Iceland - with cold names like Hypothermia, Arctic Chill, plus others like The Draining Lake, Silence of the Grave, Tainted Blood.

Jun 19, 2010, 7:03am Top

#17 - you chose exactly the same books as I was going to recommend!

Jun 19, 2010, 11:43am Top

Stan Jones sets his mysteries in Alaska so you can't get too much colder than that.

Jun 19, 2010, 12:48pm Top

24. Hi Sophie - weird, huh? I have just started both those authors and really enjoy their settings, especially in summer.

Jun 19, 2010, 5:50pm Top

Another great mystery is In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming. I highly recommend all of her books.

And then there is Last Rituals and My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurordottir. Both set in Iceland.

Jun 21, 2010, 9:06am Top

Try the Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger set in northern Minnesota. Not all take place in the winter months, but those that do are very cold and piled high with snow. Iron Lake, Krueger's first O'Connor book, might fit what you are seeking.

Jun 23, 2010, 8:59am Top

I recently read/reviewed the ARC copy of Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen. The book is a thriller, with lots of suspense. And, as the title states, it's set in a cold climate. I'm in Florida as well and I have to say that sometimes I'd get so deep into the book that I would find myself chilled on a 90 degree day!

Jun 23, 2010, 9:35am Top

I really like William Kent Krueger books. They are set in Minnesota and I love the story lines. I think you should start with his first book. It was a great read.

Edited: Jun 23, 2010, 10:46am Top

More of a Thriller than a Mystery, but mysterious things do happen:

Ice Hunt - James Rollins

UGH - Stupid Touchstones not working again!


Edited: Jun 23, 2010, 1:50pm Top

>31 ThrillerFan:
(trying for your touchstones)

Ice Hunt - James Rollins

Jun 24, 2010, 8:55am Top

Several of Donald Harstad's books set in Iowa are during deep cold winter like The Big Thaw and A Long December

Jul 2, 2010, 10:10am Top

There is also Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page which is at a ski resort, and Winterkill by C. J. Box which is set in the wilderness in Wyoming and Blue Deer Thaw by Jamie Harrison which is set in Montana in the winter.

Jul 2, 2010, 3:06pm Top

Definitely Snow Angels by James Thompson. Takes place in Finland where it is -40 and that is NOT wind chill factor. One of my favorite reads of the year.

Jul 2, 2010, 11:35pm Top

I finished reading Smilla's Sense of Snow which was excellent and now reading Winter Study which has started off very well. I just received in the mail Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen and really want to dive into it!

Edited: Jul 4, 2010, 12:45pm Top

I can strongly recommend Henning Mankell novels,mostly based in Sweden.I also rate Arnaldur Indridason books based in Iceland

Jul 14, 2010, 9:33pm Top

(Black Ice) by (Matt Dickinson) - good thriller, set in Antarctica. It got me interested in Antarctica, so I read (South), the account of Shackleton's expedition. It's non-fiction, but a good can't-put-it-down companion to any South Pole fiction. It's as tense as a lot of thrillers.

Jul 15, 2010, 7:33am Top

You might give a new author a try - The Eye of the Red Tsar. It takes some historical liberties, but is an entertaining read set in Russia set alternately at the time of the Tsar's fall and Stalin's rule. Some really intense descriptions of life in a Siberian work camp.

Jul 15, 2010, 9:32am Top

You may want to check out these authors:
Sue Henry
Dana Stabenow
Christopher Lane
Marcia Simpson
Kathleen Anne Barrett
Donald Harstad
Peter Hoeg
Boris Akunin
Sjowall and Wahloo (husband & wife)
K. O. Dahl
Jessica Simon
Also - here is a link to some mysteries set during the Christmas season -

Jul 15, 2010, 9:24pm Top

Recently read Child 44 and it's set in Russia in 1953 and there is an awful lot of snow...

Jul 20, 2010, 5:17pm Top

Just finished Winter Study and it was very good.

Edited: Jul 21, 2010, 10:16am Top

In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews is set in Antartica

Jul 23, 2010, 1:30am Top

Just finished Snow Angels by James Thompson. Set in Finland just before Christmas, the cold, snow and darkness play an important part in the story.

Jul 27, 2010, 1:25am Top

I've recently read Stan Jones' Nathan Active series- went through them like a hot knife through butter.
White Sky, Black Ice; Shaman Pass; Frozen Sun; Village of the Ghost Bears
I can't help it- when I find an author I like, I just read all their stuff at once.
So now...I'm wondering if anyone has any news about a 4th book in that series?
Is Stan Jones working on one now?

Also, two FAVORITE cold cold freezing cold settings:
Kabloona by Gontran de Poncins
Spirit Wrestler by James Houston

Aug 20, 2010, 10:19pm Top

I love this topic (especially since my air conditioner will not be functional for any of this hot season.

Aug 27, 2010, 10:29pm Top

Oh no! No A/C is not good. Hang in there. Reading Winter Study by Nevada Barr kept me cool for a few days.

Aug 27, 2010, 11:06pm Top

I ordered a dvd about Alaska...maybe that will help cool me down.

Aug 28, 2010, 10:43am Top

I enjoyed these cold mysteries:

Kitty Sewell's Ice Trap
Clive Cussler's Arctic Drift
Betsy Tobin's Ice Land

Sep 6, 2010, 9:56am Top

I really enjoyed Ice lake by John Farrow.

Sep 9, 2010, 11:06pm Top

I am enjoying the audio version of Alaska Justice by M.D. Kincaid.

I would really love to take another trip to Alaska soon, but alas, I must limit myself to the books about and in it for the time being.

Sep 30, 2010, 7:13pm Top

If you can find a copy, Lionel Davidson's Kolymsky Heights is a great read and set almost entirely in northern Siberia - in WINTER - and it's so well written you could swear you put on a parka to keep turning the pages!

Oct 9, 2010, 6:54pm Top

Tho probably long past the time for the book group that originally prompted this question, I'll second the recommendations for William Kent Krueger's Iron Lake and the Em Hansen mystery which was touchstoned wrong, the correct touchstone is In Cold Pursuit by Sarah Andrews. I really like this series.

Nov 22, 2010, 7:55am Top

Also from Iceland, there are three mysteries by Yrsa Sigurgardottir. Her protagonist is a lawyer and, while I haven't gotten to deeply into her third yet, the first two featured some part of Icelandic history. Her books are a nice companion to Indridason's police procedurals (mentioned in #23 & #37 above), if you are interested in Iceland generally (which is a really cool place, no pun intended. It's not everyday one gets to shower with hot water pumped from the earth - no water heaters!).

As far as a cold climate, Iceland is relatively temperate and it's not as cold there as one imagines, or let's just say, it doesn't swing so cold or so hot as it does in, say, the Northeastern US where I live. But I guess a "cold climate" is a relative thing.

Nov 28, 2010, 2:24pm Top

P J Tracy's Monkeewrench books are set mostly in Minnesota, some of them in very cold winter. I seem to recall an ice carving contest in one?

Dec 21, 2010, 11:29pm Top

We are ready cold climate mysteries again so this is a great list. Thanks everyone!!!

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 5:03am Top

Like someone above me, I recommend the Kurt Wallender Series by Henning Mankell.

I've just read Faceless Killers and Dogs of Riga both by Henning Mankell. He really emphasizes how cold and stormy it is, and as someone living in Canada, the temps in Sweden are not that bad....... it gives me a bit of chuckle.

But the books are great - and you will feel cold!!:)

Edited: Dec 22, 2010, 6:26pm Top

I don't think has anyone mentioned Beneath The Snow by Caroline Carver (pseudonym C. J. Carver) yet. I can't personally endorse it, since I haven't read it yet, but it was highly recommended to me. Even the cover art is frightfully cold.

Synopsis from Fantastic Fiction: It's been a hard winter in the Alaskan town of Lake's Edge—and things are about to get tougher. Lisa McCall, a brilliant young research scientist, has disappeared in a snowstorm. Shaken by the news, Lisa's estranged sister, Abby, flies from England to join the rescue team. Almost immediately, Abby begins to see that Lisa's work has threatened some very powerful people—people who will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Abby knows her sister is out there, battling cold and terror, while her enemies circle. Risking her own life, Abby sets out to find her sister before its too late.

Dec 22, 2010, 6:29pm Top

In Cold Pursuitby Sarah Andrews is set in Antarctica

Feb 23, 2011, 8:44pm Top

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø, a very chilling Norwegian police procedural thriller.

Feb 26, 2011, 3:47pm Top

Deep Creek by Dana Hand is set in Idaho.

Mar 1, 2011, 5:07pm Top

I loved that book! I like books by other Nordic authors too. Check out Karen Fossum's mysteries as well.

Mar 2, 2011, 5:10am Top

I second the Boris Akunin suggested in a previous message. His books are set in Russia, so lots of cold and snow and whatnot in winter. ;)

Mar 2, 2011, 6:36am Top

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver isn't exactly a mystery, more of a traditional ghost story, but it's one of the most atmospheric books I've read in a long time which captures perfectly the feel of the icy, 24 hour nights in Northern Norway. Left me feeling very cold indeed.

May 9, 2011, 1:33pm Top

Lee Child's 14th Jack Reacher novel 61 Hours is a great cold climate mystery. Set in South Dakota in the middle of winter you'll find yourself shivering not only by references to the cold, but by the twists and turns of the plot.

May 20, 2011, 1:14pm Top

I'd go with THE COLD KISS by John Rector.

May 20, 2011, 3:54pm Top

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May 20, 2011, 3:57pm Top

This site: http://www.cozy-mystery.com has cozy and non-cozy mysteries organized into categories. One of the categories is: Mystery Books with a Snowed-In / Snow-Bound Theme. Hope this helps!

May 30, 2011, 9:33pm Top

Louise Penney's mysteries are set in Canada and are excellent! Both the book and audiobook versions are well worth the time.

Jun 9, 2011, 3:16pm Top

>15 BeckyJG: Whiteout by Ken Follett was a very interesting book. Truly cold weather in that book, and Ken Follett is a very good writer and makes the plot grab you and hold your attention. I really liked this book.

Jun 12, 2011, 4:16pm Top

I have noticed that all of the Scandinavian authors have coldness as the themes of their novels. Some have already been mentioned. Arnaldur Indridason was mentioned earlier. There is also Camilla Lackberg, Karin Fossum, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbo, Peter Hoeg, Asa Larsson, Hakan Nesser and Liza Marklund. Of course there are the Icelandic Sagas that you could read. These are myths about the migration of Norwegians to Iceland.

Jun 22, 2011, 10:30am Top

Death in a cold climate isn't Robert Barnard's best, but indifferent Barnard is still very good. M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth novels are set in the Scottish Highlands, many in winter. Try Death of a prankster. Alisa Craig's Murder goes mumming is set in Nova Scotia at Christmastime.

Aug 10, 2011, 8:58am Top

Oh, yes #66, I too have to go with The Cold Kiss by John Rector. Seems so many of the stories listed here are mentioned merely because they are set in a cold climate area...nothing wrong with that... but I point it out because in the The Cold Kiss the snow storm plays a major roll. Basically it is what puts the characters in to their predicament. Is a very stylish, gritty, noir story that I would not recommend to "cozy-only" readers. The people involved in this story are despicable. Other gritty cold clime stories that I remember fondly and wherein the weather does indeed play a major roll are: Snowbound by Bill Pronzini, The Ice Harvest by Scot Phillips, The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson. I am sure there are others I have read but these came immediately to mind.

Edited: Aug 10, 2011, 10:55am Top

Alistair MacLean's Night Without End

Aug 11, 2011, 8:04pm Top

Wolf Winter by Clare Francis

Aug 21, 2011, 2:51pm Top

Well, now that it's finally reached 90 degrees for the first time this summer here in Portland Oregon I'm wanting the same thing - My suggestion is blood upon the snow (1944)by Hilda Lawrence - nothing but snow in this book and a very good mystery. "The snow was falling thick and fast when the last train of the day clattered into Crestwood at eight o'clock."

Aug 26, 2011, 8:33pm Top

Try the late and much missed Stuart Kaminsky's Porfiry Rostnikov series. Very charming, very cold, set in Moscow and occasionally in Siberia with an always interesting cast of repeating characters.

Aug 31, 2011, 9:20pm Top

The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie is set in a snowbound village.

Sep 3, 2011, 10:47am Top

Ngaio Marsh's Death and the dancing footman is set in snowy circumstances. Also, in Murder on the Orient Express, wasn't the train snowbound for a few days?

Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 2:55pm Top

There seem to be tow live threads with exactly the same title?

I'm cross posting here for the ones that don't already seem to be mentioned above....

'Jonathan Stride' series by Brian Freeman is set in a frequently snow covered Minnesota


The second in the 'Mad Dog and Englishman' series by J.M. Hayes is set in a Kansas snow storm/blizzard

Prairie Gothic

The second book in the 'Walt Flemming' series by Ridley Pearson is set in deep winter in Idaho

Killer View

Siberian Light by Robin White set in... well kind of obvious really!!

and depending oin the season many of C. J. Box's investigative game warden series (set in Wyoming) featuting 'Joe Pickett' are also pretty frosty; try Winterkill

Edited: Sep 3, 2011, 12:35pm Top

Alo suggested (by others) in the secondary thread (and not already appearing here as far as I can spot):

The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard

Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (there is also a second book in the series, also cold climate worthy)

The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley

Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series is set in the Upper Peninsula area of Michigan

Nov 8, 2014, 5:12pm Top

With winter approaching, this would be a good topic to discuss again.

Nov 15, 2014, 2:20pm Top

Stabenow is great!!! Alaska setting, and great female detective, Kate Shugak. I like the way she integrates the Alaska Native culture with the place and the mysteries.

Jun 17, 2015, 10:28am Top

A CK search of Important Places for Maine seems to feature in a LOT of mysteries set in the cold.

Edited: Jun 17, 2015, 10:39am Top

Ice Station Zebra! Set in the Arctic, during the *Cold War*. It's also short, so perfect for a quick read between cucumber sangrias and a dip in the pool.

Dec 13, 2015, 1:56pm Top

Åsa Larsson, well-written crime novels set in northern Sweden.
Monica Kristensen, several crime novels set on Svalbard/Spitsbergen.
For a non-fiction mystery I would also add "The Expedition" by Bea Uusma which investigates the fate of an early expedition towards the north pole.

Edited: Dec 14, 2015, 9:01pm Top

Edit- oops Kristensen has not yet been translated to English - but she sounds like an interesting author. Maybe someday.

Oh, thank you for this - my son is going to be spending next semester in Svalbard- I think we may be getting some books for Christmas..

Dec 14, 2015, 9:04pm Top

Non-fiction, and not crime- but good adventures- Ice Ship: The Epic Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram will give you plenty of cold weather atmosphere.

Dec 15, 2015, 1:24am Top

>88 Helenoel: Sorry, I just saw that there were some translations and didn't look close enough to realize that they were all into other nordic languages.

Mar 6, 2016, 4:22pm Top

Many of Craig Johnson's Longmire novels take place during Wyoming winters.

Edited: Mar 10, 2016, 11:36am Top

Yes, Blunt's Forty Words for Sorrow as well as his Black Fly Season

Edited: Mar 10, 2016, 11:51pm Top

I know this is quite an old thread but I thought I'd add the Antarctica / Arctic chunk from the A-Z World Guide to Mystery Fiction listed elsewhere on LT

I've just copied it all over so there will be duplications with some suggestions above, touchstones don't always work I'm afraid but if not a manual look up will get you there.... (I've also chucked in a few other cold climate locations for likely possibilites)

# Arctic / Antarctica

# Antarctica

Sarah Andrews - In Cold Pursuit (Em Hansen Mysteries Bk 11)
Jack Du Brul - Pandora's Curse (Philip Mercer Book 4 - partly based on Greenland Ice cap)
Louis Charbonneau - The Ice: A Novel of Antarctica
Cassandra Rose Clarke - Our Lady of the Ice
Theodore Jerome Cohen - Antarctic Murders Trilogy (Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World / Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer / End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences)
Matt Dickinson - Black Ice
William Dietrich - Dark Winter
J. Misha Dunn - Frozen Brush (Bk 2 Andrew Brush)
Linda Eketoft - Stories from Antarctica
Christa Faust - Hunt Beyond the Frozen Fire (Gabriel Hunt)
W.D. Gagliani - Shadowplays (short story collection includes ''Icewall' set in Antarctica) *EBOOK
Kate Gorman - On the Ice: A New Antarctica Novel (SFCrime Mystery/Suspense) *EBOOK
Izzy Heller - Death in McMurdo
Thomas Keneally - Victim of the Aurora
Madeleine L'Engle - Troubling a Star (Bk 8 Austin Family - Young Adult Mystery)
Pamela Lamb - Blood on the Snow
Javier Marias - Voyage Along the Horizon
Steve Martaindale - The Reporter and the Penguin
Robert Masello - Blood and Ice
Briar Lee Mitchell - Destination Vostok (Bk 1 Walking on Mars - also published in serial / chapter book format) *EBOOK
Lambert Nagle - Revolution Earth (eco-activist thriller set in London, New Zealand, Antarctica and Australia)
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child The Ice Limit
Tim Queeney - The Atlas Fracture (more of a thriller)
Bob Reiss - Purgatory Road
Greg Rucka - Whiteout
J.C. Ryan - Ninth Cycle Antarctica (Bk 2 Rossler Foundation Mysteries)
James Vance Marshall - Whiteout
James Tabor - Frozen Solid
Ron Taylor - Ice, Blood and Fire *EBOOK
A.J. Walker - Murder at McMurdo (novella) *EBOOK
Lisa Williams - Death on a Long Winter's Night *EBOOK
Patrick Woodhead - Beneath the Ice

# Arctic

J. R. L. Anderson - Death in a High Latitude (set in part in the Arctic waters of The Northwest Passage)
Richard Anderson - Death Below Zero (set in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Lynn Berk - The Yukon Grieves for No One (Set along the Yukon River and in the Northwest Territories and High Arctic)
Bernard Besson - The Greenland Breach (murder on and offshore in the Arctic wastes of Greenland)
Gerri Brightwell - Dead of Winter (Arctic Noir) NYP Mar 2016
Clive Cussler - Arctic Drift (Bk 20 The Dirk Pitt Adventures - Northwest Passage Mystery)
Lionel Davidson - Kolymsky Heights (Set in Artic Siberia)
Cecilia Ekbäck - Wolf Winter (set in 18th Century Swedish Lapland) / In the Month of the Midnight Sun (set in 1850's Stockholm and Swedish Lapland) NYP Jun 2016
Kerstin Ekman - Blackwater / Under the Snow (Constable Torsson series - set in Swedish Lapland)
Julie Flanders - Polar Night (Vampire Noir set in Arctic Alaska)
William Giraldi - Hold the Dark (set in the Alaskan tundra)
Paula Gosling - The Zero Trap (set in Lapland)
Lotte Hammer & Søren Hammer - The Girl in the Ice (Bk 2 Konrad Simonsen - set in Arctic Greenland)
Peter Hoeg - Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (set in Denmark and Greenland)
Sue Henry - Jessie Arnold books / Alex Jensen Books
Stan Jones - Nathan Active series (set in Arctic Alaska)
Stuart M. Kaminsky - A Cold Red Sunrise (Bk 4 Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov series - set in Siberia)
Dean Koontz - Icebound (set on the Polar Ice Cap)
Ron Lovell - Murder Below Zero (Thomas Martindale Mysteries Bk 4)
Alistair Maclean - Night without End (set 640 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland) / Ice Station Zebra (set on an Arctic ice flo in the Arctic Sea) / Athabasca (set in the Arctic oil fields of Alaska and Canada) / Bear Island (set in the Norwegian Arctic)
Jeanne Matthews - Bonereapers (Bk 3 Dinah Pelerin Mysteries - set in Longyearbyen, Svalbard in Arctic Norway)
M. J. McGrath - White Heat: A Novel (set north of the Arctic Circle in Canada's Nunavut Territory)
Lyle Nicholson - Polar Bear Dawn (Bk 1 Detective Bernadette Callahan Mysteries - set in the High Arctic)
Anthony Olcott - May Day in Magadan (Set in Artic Siberia)
Mark Okrant - An Icy Reception (Kary Turnell Mysteries - set on an Arctic cruise near Baffin Island, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut)
R.A. Quinn - Frozen Lies (Bk 1 Jacob Rohn series - set in Fort Yukon)
Dana Stabenow - Kate Shugak series / Liam Campbell series
Jari Tervo - Lapland series (set in Finnish Lapland - Bk 1 Among the Saints)
Craig Thomas - A Wild Justice (Set in Artic Siberia and Washington DC)
Jack Thompson - Swimming Upstream (Bk 3 Raja Williams Mysteries - set on Mount Rainier and in Seattle and the Canadian Arctic)
James Thompson - Snow Angels / Lucifer's Tears (Inspector Vaara series - set in Finnish Lapland)
Peter Tonkin - Ice Station (Richard Mariner series - maritime adventure/mysteries set on Ice Station Zemlya)
Olivier Truc - Forty Days Without Shadow (Arctic thriller set in Norwegian Lapland)
Shirley Wells - Dead Calm (Dylan Scott Mysteries - this one set onboard an Arctic Cruise)
Robin White - Siberian Light (Set in Artic Siberia)
Scott Young - Matthew "Matteesie" Kitologitak series


# Alaska

Michael Abbadon - Snowblind *EBOOK
Andy Adams - Alaska Ghost Glacier Mystery (Bk 6 Biff Brewster mystery adventure series)
Richard Anderson - Death Below Zero (set in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska)
Rolynn Anderson - Lie Catchers
Cori Lynn Arnold - Northern Deceit (Bk 3 Louis Baker & Bert Hicks)
Izzy Ballard - The Alaska Girl & The Spy (Humorous Mystery)
Robin Barefield - Murder Over Kodiak
M.T. Bass - Somethin' for Nothin' (An Adventure in Alaska)
Walt Branam - Alaska Gold
Dale Brandenburger - Grizzly Trade
L.J. Breedlove - Everybody Lies (Talkeetna Bk 1)
Gerri Brightwell - Dead of Winter (Arctic Noir) NYP Mar 2016
William S. Brown - Anchorage Deception
Wade Butler - Foxtown Jive: The Eye of Ra (Armageddon: The DaVinci Code meets Percy Jackson by way of Garrison Keillor) *EBOOK
Caroline Carver - Beneath the Snow
Andrew Ceroni - Snow Men
Michael Chabon - The Yiddish Poilceman’s Union
M.J. Cody - Standing on the Beach (set in Juneau)
Jim Craig - Blue Ice Dying in the Rain
Ron Dalby - Pipeline
Jordan Dane - The Last Victim (A Ryker Townsend Story - set in Alaska and the Cascade Mountains near Seattle)
Matt Day - Deadly Alaska (Bk 5 Charlie Flanigan Mystery Series - P.I. Seaplane Pilot series set in 1950's Alaska and Florida) *EBOOK
Mike Doogan - Nik Kane series
Ross Van Dusen - Who's at the bottom of the river? (The Scott moss detective series - humorous series)
Wanda Dyson - Retribution (Bk 4 Shefford Files)
Sharon Eboch - Murder on the West Glacier Trail
George Edgley - North to Valdez
Aaron Elkins - Icy Clutches (Gideon Oliver Bk 6)
Carrie Enge - Crab Bait
Dave P. Fisher - Code of the Bush / Cold Blows the Tundra Wind
Julie Flanders - Polar Night (Vampire Noir set in Arctic Alaska)
Susan Froetschel - Alaska Gray / Interruptions
Carole Gibb - Bad Guys Beware: An Alaska Mystery
William Giraldi - Hold the Dark
David Gleason - The Fraternity: Alaskan and Russian Roulette
Rachel Grant - Incriminating Evidence (Bk 4 Evidence Series - romantic mysteries)
Seth Harwood - In Broad Daylight
J.M. Hayes - The Spirit and the Skull (a Paleolithic Murder Mystery)
Russell Heath - Broken Angels
Sue Henry - Jessie Arnold books / Alex Jensen Books
Eric van den Hoogen - Undercover Alaska
Leah Van Horn & R. Charles Brookes - A Handful of Ravens, A Murder of Crows (set in and around Juneau)
Keith Houghton - Taking Liberty (Bk 3 Gabe Quinn Thriller Series)
Tom Hron - Eli Bonnet books
Michael Jecks - Act of Vengeance *EBOOK
Marcel Jolley - The Following Sea
Robert F. Jones - Slade's Glacier
Stan Jones - Nathan Active series (set in Arctic Alaska)
Sharon Kahn - Hold the Cream Cheese, Kill the Lox (Bk 4 Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife Mysteries - 'Humorous' Jewish cosy series, this one mainly set in Alaska with a detour through New Jersey)
Seth Kantner - Ordinary Wolves
Josi S. Kilpack - Baked Alaska (Culinary Mysteries - this one set on an Alaskan Cruise)
S.C. King - Alaska Mysteries series (novellas) *EBOOK
Dean Koontz - Icebound (set on the Polar Ice Cap)
Christopher Lane - Inupiat Eskimo Mysteries
R.J. Kottke - The Curse of the Boundary Stone (Bk 1 Sugar and Spice Mysteries - set in Fairbanks)
Jerold Last - Unbearably Deadly (Bk 9 Roger and Suzanne Mysteries - set in Denali National Park) *EBOOK
Donna Kolling Lear - Crimson Gold
Steven Levi - Walrus with a Gold Tooth (fictionalised history of crime in Anchorage)
Ken Lord - The Broken Rose (Murder in the Alaskan Wilderness)
Janet Elizabeth Lynn - North of the Pier (set in Alaska and Eastern Russia) *EBOOK
Darrell Maloney - The Hunted (Tony Hance Bk 2)
Kat Martin - Against the Wild / Against the Sky / Against the Tide (The Brodies Of Alaska - Romance and murder, 2nd one set in Las Vegas and Alaska)
M. J. McGrath - The Boy in the Snow (Bk 2 - Edie Kiglatuk)
David McKinney - Bear Bones (Bk 1 Cody O'Keefe Investigations)
Margaret Mendel - Fish Kicker *EBOOK
Victor Methos - The Murder of Janessa Hennley (Bk 1 Mickey Parsons Mysteries)
Lyle Nicholson - Polar Bear Dawn (Bk 1 Detective Bernadette Callahan Mysteries - set in the High Arctic)
Katherine Norberg - Murder Goes A-Hunting (Bk 2 Annie Cook Mysteries)
Brenda Novak - Her Darkest Nightmare (Dr. Evelyn Talbot Novels)
Michael S. Nuckols - Frozen Highway
Cathy Pegau - Murder on the Last Frontier (A Charlotte Brody Mystery - a suffragette mystery set in Alaska)
Walter Perry - It's Colder Than an Ice Monkey Out Here
Dani Pettrey - Alaskan Courage Mystery series
Don G. Porter - Deadly Detail / Happy Hour / Yukon Murders / Humpy Cove (Bks 1-4 Alex Price Mysteries - Alaskan Bush Pilot)
Brent Purvis - Mink Island (Bk 1 Jim and Kram Series - A Comical Mystery set on a Remote Alaskan Island) *EBOOK
Elizabeth Quinn - Dr. Lauren Maxwell series
R.A. Quinn - Frozen Lies / Deep Lies / Clear Lies (Bk 1-3 Jacob Rohn series)
Slim Randles - Raven's Prey
Kaitlin Reynolds - The Chill Cuts Deep
Matt Ridgway - Tundra: Valley of the sun
Karen Robards - Darkness
Nora Roberts - Northern Lights
Alan Russell - A Cold War
Megan Mallory Rust - Taylor Morgan series
S. A. E. Sam - Deadly Summers in Alaska / Deadly Summers in Alaska II: Birdie
Marianne Schlegelmilch - Driftfeather on the Alaska Seas / Feather from a Stranger / Two Tickets and a Feather / Feather for Hoonah Joe (Bks 1-4 Alaskan Feather Mysteries)
Benjamin A. Shaine - Alaska Dragon
Connie Shelton - Legends Can Be Murder (Bk 15 Charlie Parker Mysteries, female sleuth not to be confused with John Connolly's male P.I. of the same name)
Jessica Simon - From Ice to Ashes (Thriller set around the Yukon Arctic Ultra race - set in the Yukon and Alaska )
Marcia Simpson - Alaskan Panhandle Mysteries
Dana Stabenow - Kate Shugak series / Liam Campbell series
Rosalyn E Stowell - A Head of the Game: An Alaskan Serial Killer Novel / Alaskan Alibi: Murder to go, please
John Straley - Cecil Younger series / Cold Storage, Alaska
E.B. Sullivan - Alaska Awakening
Luke Taylor - The Quiet Kill
Jonathan Thomas Stratman - Indecent Exposure
Sean E. Thomas - Robert Sable Mysteries (series featuring a Tlingit Alaska State Trooper)
Matt Thompson - Oleanders In Alaska
Warren Troy - Wilderness Reckoning: Caraway's Return
Leon Unruh - Dog of the Afterworld (set in Alaska and Kansas) *EBOOK
Don Wadley - Pavloff and His Dog (A Dan Blackhorse Mystery)
Ron Walden - Ice Blue Eyes / Poacher's Paradise / Blue Sky and Green Grass / Brothers of the Badge
Elaine Waldron - Cold Wind in Alaska
Mary Wasche - Murder in Wasilla
Sandy Whelchel - Hide & Seek
Marilyn E. Wheeless - The Dark Blue Deep
Mark Wilkinson - Iced in Alaska *EBOOK
Robert Wolfe - Falling Walrus
Glenn Yngve - A Cold, Dark Place to Die / Double, Double Oil & Trouble (Bks 1&2 Danny Slayer P.I.: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: The Alaska Story) *EBOOKS

# Canada (Territories)

# Northwest Territories

Lynn Berk - The Yukon Grieves for No One (Set along the Yukon River and in the Northwest Territories and High Arctic)
John Buchan - Sick Heart River (aka Mountain Meadow - Sir Edward Leithen Bk 4)
D. M. McGowan - The Making of Jake McTavish (set in 1890's British Columbia and the Northwest Territories)
Dennis Richard Murphy - Darkness at the Stroke of Noon (set in Yellowknife, NWT and King William Island, Nunavut)
Kathy Reichs - Bones are Forever (Bk 15 - Temperance Brennan - partly set in Québec and Alberta but mostly taking part in Yellowknife NWT)
Jack Thompson - Swimming Upstream (Bk 3 Raja Williams Mysteries - set on Mount Rainier and in Seattle and the Canadian Arctic)
Scott Young - Matthew "Matteesie" Kitologitak series

# Nunavut

Clive Cussler - Arctic Drift (Bk 20 The Dirk Pitt Adventures - Northwest Passage Mystery)
R.J. Harlick - Arctic Blue Death (Bk 4 Meg Harris Mysteries)
Roger Herst - Nunavut: An Arctic Thriller
M. J. McGrath - White Heat: A Novel (Bk 1 - Edie Kiglatuk)
John Moss - Reluctant Dead (Bk 3 Quin and Morgan Mysteries set in Toronto and on Baffin Island and Easter Islands)
Dennis Richard Murphy - Darkness at the Stroke of Noon (set in Yellowknife, NWT and King William Island, Nunavut)
Mark Okrant - An Icy Reception (Kary Turnell Mysteries - takes place onboard ship off Nunavut) *EBOOK ONLY

# Yukon

Ken Baird - Yukon Audit
Lynn Berk - The Yukon Grieves for No One (Set along the Yukon River and in the Northwest Territories and High Arctic)
Nicholas Boving - Cowley's Curse
James David Buchanan - Horde of fools
R. McIntyre Cooke - The Yukon in Peril: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Adventure
Vicki Delany - Klondike Mysteries
R.E. Donald - Sundown on Top of the World (Bk 4 Hunter Rayne Highway Mysteries)
Marcelle Dubé - Jules
Sue Henry - Murder on the Yukon Quest (Bk 6 Alaska Mysteries - set in the Yukon and Alaska)
Hammond Innes - High Stand
Elle Maxwell - 24-Carat Murder (Bk 1 Mack Dearling Mystery series)
Eugene Nordstrom - Reflections In Gold
Don G. Porter - Yukon Murders
Andrew Pyper - The Wildfire Season
Jessica Simon - From Ice to Ashes (Thriller set around the Yukon Arctic Ultra race - set in the Yukon and Alaska)
Graham Wilson - An Island Between Two Shores

# Greenland - (Denmark)

Bernard Besson - The Greenland Breach (murder on and offshore in the Arctic wastes of Greenland)
Jack Du Brul - Pandora's Curse (Philip Mercer Book 4 - most of the action takes place in Greenland)
Tim Goodwin - Sgt Tommas Larsen series (The Burning Cloud / Seeds of Destruction / Falling from the Sky)
Lotte Hammer & Søren Hammer - The Girl in the Ice (Bk 2 Konrad Simonsen)
Jack Higgins - East of Desolation
Peter Hoeg - Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (set in Denmark and Greenland)
Robert Jansson - Kari's Saga
Kim Leine - The Prophets of Eternal Fjord
Alistair MacLean - Night Without End
The Medieval Murderers - The Sacred Stone (Bk 6 Medieval Murderers Mystery)
Giles Milton - The Perfect Corpse
Sarah Moss - Cold Earth
James Raven - Arctic Blood
Alastair Scott - Degrees of Illusion *EBOOK
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - The Day is Dark (Bk 4 Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series)
Paul Mark Tag - White Thaw: The Helheim Conspiracy

# Iceland

Villi Asgeirsson - Under the Black Sand
Quentin Bates - Officer Gunnhilder Mystery Series
Hallgrimur Helgason - The Hitman's Guide to Housecleaning
Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson - The Flatey Enigma / House of Evidence / Daybreak
Arnaldur Indridason - Inspector Erlendur, Reykjavik mysteries
Ragnar Jónasson - Snowblind / Nightblind (Bks 1&2 Dark Iceland series)
Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
Grant Nicol - On a Small Island / The Mistake
Michael Ridpath - Fire and Ice series
Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series (except Bk 4) / The Undesired
Arni Thorarinsson - Season of the Witch
Noah Webster (aka Robert MacLeod ) - An Incident in Iceland (Jonathan Gaunt series)

# Lapland - (Arctic - Finland / Sweden)

Kerstin Ekman - Blackwater (Constable Torsson - set in Swedish Lapland)
Paula Gosling - The Zero Trap (set in Lapland)
James Thompson - Snow Angels (Inspector Vaara Bk 1 - set in Finnish Lapland)
Jari Tervo - Lapland series (set in Finnish Lapland - Bk 1 Among the Saints)
Olivier Truc - Forty Days Without Shadow (Arctic thriller set in Norwegian Lapland)

Edited: Mar 11, 2016, 12:43am Top

I also just saw a link posted by mvo62 in a different thread for Cozy Mysteries in Snowbound or Cold climates


the whole thread on a similar theme is at


Mar 11, 2016, 12:45pm Top

And then there's the very direct snowed in tag, which appears to be mostly a mix of mystery and romance, with the odd horror or survival story.

Feb 12, 9:15am Top

The virgin in the ice set in November 1139. Not exactly Alaska or Scandinavia, but Shrewsbury & the Welsh Borders can get pretty cold in winter, and no central heating either. All the Brother Cadfael books are good, but this one mentions ice in the title...

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