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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
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Tags:Iceland, Reykjavik, Gunnhilder Gisladottir, police procedural, white collar crime, prostitution, recession, economic crimes

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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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Release date: January 15, 2013 | Series: Gunnhilder Mysteries: Soho Crime
Officer Gunnhildur, recently promoted from her post in rural Iceland to Reykjavík’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.
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  Suzanne_Mitchell | Dec 28, 2013 |
Another excellent story about Sgt Gunnhildur who has moved to the serious crime unit in Reyjavik and is tasked with finding the murderers of a woman. This leads to connections of corruption in high places and ruffles many feathers in the process. The plot gives a good sense of the problems in Iceland caused by the banks failure and the impact on society of the recession which followed. Good characterisation and dialogue - highly recommended. ( )
  edwardsgt | Sep 30, 2012 |
Standard police procedural with an interesting twist -- it's set in Iceland, in the aftermath of the country's financial crash. Almost everyone in the book suffers from the aftereffects of the crash, except (not surprisingly) for the various villains. The financial impact and the oddnesses of some other aspects of Icelandic life were really interesting. Otherwise, this is a competent but fairly pedestrian effort. I liked it well enough, however, to buy the other book currently available in the US. ( )
  annbury | Jun 3, 2012 |
Can't quite figure out why but I didn't like this book as much as O thought I would. Too many characters maybe or just a problem with the pacing of the novel. Sounded better than it actually was. ( )
  Beamis12 | Feb 28, 2012 |
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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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