Snow Blind

Snow BlindSnowblind by Ragnar Jónasson
Format: Hardback
Published by Minotaur Books on January 31st 2017
Pages: 320


Where: A quiet fishing village in northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors. It is accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Who: Ari Thor is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik. He has a past that he's unable to leave behind.
What: A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
Past plays tag with the present and the claustrophobic tension mounts, while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness―blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent.

Endless days of gray sky set and snow set the stage for me to sit down to read Snow Blind, we haven’t seen the sun in days. Nestled in my comfortable chair in front of the fireplace, I settle into a small town close to the arctic circle were rookie Ari Thor has taken a his first position as a police officer. Shortly after his arrival, a local celebrity is found dead, Ari Thor is drawn to a woman who is not his girlfriend and a partially naked woman is found laying in the snow. While not an action packed thriller, the characters were well-developed holding my attention as the story slowing moved along, like the winter storm that had settled on Siglufjördur.

Inherit the Bones

Inherit the BonesInherit the Bones by Emily Littlejohn
Format: Hardback
on December 13th 2016
Pages: 322

Series: Detective Gemma Monroe #1

Secrets and lies can’t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.
In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town’s meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.
Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe’s investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley’s future.
Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.

In Emily Littlejohn’s debt novel we are introduced to Gemma Monroe, a pregnant police detective. A clown with a traveling circus that has stopped in Gemma’s Colorado mountain town turns up dead. This death unleashes Gemma’s nightmare’s about the bones she found of two boys who died over thirty years ago, how does the death of the clown tie to what Gemma found three years ago? Gemma’s dogged persistence makes for a well tuned police procedural. The book is well-written and plotted, there is an ease between the characters that works well.

I look forward to her second novel, A Season to Lie due out later this year.