On the Radar: Murder in the land of ice and snow

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After the blistering heat of the summer, isn’t it reassuring to know that crime fiction authors have cold, cold hearts? And it shows this week here in our news column where we lead off with a brand new author for you from Iceland. Deceit by Jónína Leósdóttir could be what lovers of Nordic noir are looking for this autumn.

We’ve also got two books where snow, snow and more snow are piling up, possibly fast enough to bury the bodies. Plus, a new British procedural and some domestic noir from the pen of Susan Elliot Wright.

Read on and you could find your next ice-cold crime read!

Don’t forget to nominate your top crime novel of the year in the CRIME FICTION LOVER AWARDS 2022.

Deceit by Jónína Leósdóttir

Featuring Reykjavík detective Soffía and her English psychologist ex-husband Adam, Deceit is Icelandic author Jónína Leósdóttir’s first novel to appear in English. It’s out now for Kindle with the print version to follow. Soffia turns to Adam for help when a murderer begins to wreak havoc across the city. Covid is raging and Adam wants to stay home and safe, but he grudgingly agrees. Together they must figure out who bears a grudge that goes deep enough to lead to murder, and in the process uncover complex family ties, lingering enmities and a dark past that the victims would prefer to keep secret. And why is a young woman racing against the clock to find the father she has never seen?
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Murder in the Falling Snow edited by Cecily Gayford

Murder in the Falling Snow short stories front cover

GK Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy L Sayers… Golden Age crime fiction lovers will feel like all their Christmases have come at once. They are just three of the authors who feature in the anthology Murder in the Falling Snow, edited by Cecily Gayford and out on 3 November. And she has chosen well, because it boasts 10 classic crime stories for the winter months, from the greatest minds of the mystery genre. So prepare to be puzzled, astonished and entertained by these festive stories of murder and mayhem. Is it too early for a glass of mulled wine, do you think?
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Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews

Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews front cover

The residents of Nantucket are still struggling in the aftermath of COVID-19 but Police Chief Meredith Folger has high hopes that the Christmas Stroll, in which Main Street is transformed into a winter wonderland, will lift the island’s spirits. Those hopes are dashed with the arrival of a TV production crew and and the Secretary of State and her family. Suddenly, things have got far too complicated. Then the bodies turn up and Merry and Detective Howie Seitz have their work cut out to find a connection between two seemingly unconnected murders and catch a killer. Death on a Winter Stroll by Francine Mathews is out on 1 November.
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The Silent Child by MJ White

The Silent Child by MJ White front cover

Book two in the series featuring educational psychologist Dr Cora Lael finds her working with Lottie Arundel, a troubled teen who stopped speaking a year ago. Meanwhile a body has been discovered at an abandoned Suffolk farm. DS Rob Minshull and his squad believe it’s the latest casualty of a drugs war that is terrorising rural communities, but when the victim is identified as a well-respected local teacher, the case is thrown wide open. As Cora and Rob work together to find a vicious killer, it becomes clear that uncovering Lottie’s secrets will lead them into dangerous territory. MJ White a pen name of Miranda Dickinson and is out on 3 November.
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All You Ever Wanted by Susan Elliot Wright

All You Ever Wanted by Susan Elliot Wright front cover

Fans of gripping domestic noir should take a note of 27 October, when All You Ever Wanted by Susan Elliot Wright is published. Emily is a teacher in her 30s, trying hard to balance working part time while looking after her one-year-old daughter Bonnie. From the outside, things look pretty good – but Emily has the feeling that her husband’s is cheating on her… and she’s convinced that she is being watched. Then Anna comes into Emily’s life and she seems like a dream come true – a friend she can trust and someone who can help out with childcare. But Anna has her own agenda, and soon Emily’s dream life turns into a nightmare.
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Click here to read about last week’s new books.

Don’t forget to nominate your top crime novel of the year in the CRIME FICTION LOVER AWARDS 2022.

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