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Cold Comfort: An Officer Gunnhildur Mystery (Officer Gunnhildur Mysteries) (edition 2012)

by Quentin Bates

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Title:Cold Comfort: An Officer Gunnhildur Mystery (Officer Gunnhildur Mysteries)
Authors:Quentin Bates
Info:Soho Crime (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Iceland, Reykjavik, Gunnhilder Gisladottir, police procedural, white collar crime, prostitution, recession, economic crimes

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Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates

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    Black Skies by Arnaldur Indriðason (TallArnie)
    TallArnie: A promiscuous woman, four bankers, a 6ft criminal, an unsolved murder from the past, and a dogged police inspector, in Iceland.

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'Agreed,' Helgi said, rattling his mug on the table. 'You know you get a free refill here, don't you?'

I'm liking this series. This time Gunna is working on intertwined cases that begin with the murder of a minor celebrity. The Icelandic police seem to be very keen on their free coffee refills; a quick search of my Kindle shows that it is mentioned at least 4 times. ( )
  isabelx | Jun 2, 2016 |
A pretty good policier, which lags a bit in the first two or one hundred pages. Sergeant (now Lieutenant) Gunnhildur (Gunna) has to solve two crimes, one of which is easy, and one of which is impossible in an Iceland with no money for public services.
She does so, but it takes some time and the guilty party turns out to be a handsome neer do well who is a vegetable due to an attempt by one of the people to kill him. Ah well, ( )
  annbury | Mar 23, 2016 |
Cold Comfort features Gunnhildur “Gunna” Gisladottir, a police detective at Reykjavík’s Serious Crime Unit, in post-economic meltdown Iceland. Gisladottir and her team are tracking down a violent prison escapee and trying to solve the murder of a fitness expert/call girl with some well-connected friends.

This is an absorbing police procedural with sharply written, sardonic dialogue; as well as vividly drawn characters.
However, I found a couple of things unsettling. First, the storyline is quite complex and convoluted with what starts as two separate incidents merging into one investigation. Then the author adds to the complexity by having two sets of characters with very similar names: Bjartmar and Bjarki along with Skari and Skuli. Some of these characters are good guys, some are bad guys and some fall on both sides of the fence; and it really slows down the reading process when you have to mentally work out who is who and which fits where.
Having said that, I look forward to enjoying the rest of the Gunnhildur series. ( )
  Jawin | Jun 24, 2015 |
Gunna the cop is now working for the serious crime division in the capitol city. Rekyavik is still suffering from the fallout from the collapse of the economic system which hit the little man more than the big man and there are always consequences to desperation even in a usually low murder rate city. The first case to come across Gunna's path is that a low level celebrity. When one of the contacts of the victim is murdered the case grows in complexity.

Gunna takes everything in her stride and her team continues to move forward despite setbacks. Gunna is a great detective to read about and to work for. I am enjoying this series. ( )
  Hanneri | Nov 18, 2014 |
Gunnhildur has been promoted to the Serious Crimes Squad in Rekyavik,
but due to the crash, well described here, hasn't got her title or raise or enough manpower. A really good chase thriller about a competent but murderous assassin who is helped to escape by the machinations of leaders in Iceland who ought to be in jail. A nasty comment on the American thieves who got away with everything. ( )
  annbury | Feb 26, 2014 |
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More so than the location, the strengths of this second series entry (after Frozen Assets) by a British author who lived in Iceland for ten years are Gunna's character and the methodically paced procedural. For fans of Nordic crime fiction.
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"Officer Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reyjkavi k's Serious Crime Unit, is tasked with hunting down escaped convict Long Ommi, who has embarked on a spree of violent score-settling in and around the city. Meanwhile, she's also investigating the murder of a fitness guru in her own city-center apartment. As Gunna delves into the cases, she unearths some unwelcome secrets and influential friends shared by both guru and convict. Set in an Iceland plagued by an ongoing financial crisis, Gunna has to take stock of the whirlwind changes that have swept through the country--and the fact that at the highest levels of power, the system's endemic corruption still leads, inevitably, to murder"--P. [2] of cover.… (more)

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