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Summerchill by Quentin Bates

Summerchill (original 2015; edition 2015)

by Quentin Bates (Author)

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It's the tail end of a hot summer when half of Reykjavik is on holiday and the other half wishes it was. Things are quiet when a man is reported missing from his home in the suburbs. As Gunna and Helgi investigate, it becomes clear that the missing man had secrets of his own that lead to a sinister set of friends, and to someone with little to lose who is a fugitive from both justice and the underworld. It becomes a challenge for Gunna to tail both the victim and his would-be executioner, racing to catch up with at least one of them before they finally meet.'Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural.' Marcel Berlins, The Times"… (more)
Authors:Quentin Bates (Author)
Info:Constable (2015), 142 pages
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This was a pleasant read and as always with this author there was a nice Icelandic feel with the financial crash still affecting everyone. The problem is that, although the characters did some surprising things, there was no mystery/suspense at the core of the story. In addition, if you have not read previous installments in the series, you will not appreciate the characters and their relationships. ( )
  Hanneri | Jul 2, 2015 |
Yes, this is an Officer Gunnhilder novel, but no, it's not nearly as satisfactory as the earlier entrants in the series. Gunna and her colleague Helgi are there, but only on the periphery of the novel. The real focus is on Logi, a carpenter whose outstanding debts drawn him into an increasingly violent situation, and eventually into criminal acts in his own defense. Gunna and Helgi show up when these acts come to the attention of the police, with Gunna leading the investigation into the central crime. It's interesting enough, but I would rather have more Officer G. and less about Logi and his associates, some of whom are extremely unpleasant. Most critically, the ending is a real disappointment -- it is so abrupt that I checked my Kindle edition to be sure a final chapter or two hadn't been left out. Part of the satisfaction of mystery fiction is that -- in contrast to real life things do get wrapped up and explained at the end of the book, and justice is served. Here, not. ( )
  annbury | Jun 22, 2015 |
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