Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson @OrendaBooks #DarkIceland #Winterkill

I really can’t convey how thrilled I am to be part of the blog tour for Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson. Many thanks to Karen Sullivan and Anne Cater for my review copy of the book and the chance to take part in the blog tour to celebrate the release of Winterkill.

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjörður, the
northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.
Ari Thór Arason is now a police inspector, but he’s separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air.
Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes ‘She was murdered’ again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of
her death…
As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access
to Siglufjörður, Ari Thór must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth … one that will leave no one unscathed.
Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill marks the startling conclusion to the million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar Jónasson as one of the most exciting authors in crime fiction.

And so we come to the final book in the Dark Iceland series by Ragnar Jonasson-and what an ending it is!! I thought that we had seen the last of Ari Thór Arason but NO, here he is again for the final (honestly? Are you sure Ragnar? Can’t tempt you to keep him going for just a little bit longer? PLEASE?!?!) time. I have loved every book in this series and Ari Thór is a character who works so well that returning to his life felt like calling up an old friend that you haven’t seen for a while but who gets you totally and within minutes you’re chatting away like you’ve never been away from each other! Ragnar Jonasson has created a series that has brought a huge number of readers to discover and fall in love with Icelandic Noir and he does it with style. Winterkill is a fabulous addition to the Dark Iceland series and kept me guessing until the final reveal.

As Easter approaches, Ari Thór has lots to look forward to as his son and his ex are on their way over from Sweden to visit for a few days. The separation has hit them both hard but they are determined to make it work for their 3 year old child. Snow is falling and the tourists are out in force but then a young girl plunges to her death and Ari Thór is called in to investigate. As he follows the trail left by the dead girl, he uncovers some disturbing clues that will lead to a shocking conclusion…

Ragnar Jonasson is one of the best crime writers out there at the moment and I love his books. He has a style all of his own and anyone who picks up one of his beautifully written mysteries know exactly what lies beneath the cover so Winterkill lived up to all my expectations. The atmospheric setting chilled me to the bone and that was even before some rather shocking twists were revealed sending shivers down my spine! It was great to be able to catch up with how Ari Thór was getting on both personally and professionally even if it wasn’t quite what I had been expecting! He’s such a favourite character of mine, a quietly understated but deeply thoughtful man who carries the plot of Winterkill upon his shoulders. So thank you so much to Ragnar Jonasson for bringing him back to his fans for this one last time!

Highly recommended!

Icelandic crime writer Ragnar Jónasson was born in Reykjavík, and currently works as
a lawyer, while teacher copyright law at the Reykjavík University Law School. In the past, he’s worked in TV and radio, including as a news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had several short stories published in German, English and Icelandic literary magazines. Ragnar set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA (Crime Writers’ Association) in Reykjavík, and is co-founder of the International crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. Ragnar’s debut thriller, Snowblind became an almost instant bestseller when it was published in June 2015n with Nightblind (winner of the Dead Good Reads Most Captivating Crime in Translation Award) and then Blackout, Rupture and Whiteout following soon after. To date, Ragnar Jónasson has written five novels in the Dark Iceland series, which has been optioned for TV by On the Corner. He lives in Reykjavík with his wife and two daughters.

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