Chilled to the Bone: Gunnhildur Mystery, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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When a shipowner is found dead, tied to a bed in one of Reykjavik's smartest hotels, sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir of the city police force sees no evidence of foul play but still suspects things are not as cut-and-dried as they seem. And as she investigates the shipowner's untimely - and embarrassing - demise, she stumbles across a discreet bondage society whose members are being systematically exploited and blackmailed.
But how does all this connect to a local gangster recently returned to Iceland after many years abroad, and the unfortunate loss of a government laptop containing sensitive data about various members of the ruling party? What begins as a straightforward case for Gunnhildur soon explodes into a dangerous investigation, uncovering secrets that ruthless men are ready to go to violent extremes to keep.
Although born in the UK, in 1962, through a series of coincidences Quentin Bates found himself working in Iceland in his gap year. The gap year then became 10 years, during which time he managed to get himself married, produce a family, and generally go native in Iceland. The family then moved back to the UK in 1990 where Quentin became a full-time journalist on a commercial fishing magazine.
Quentin and his (Icelandic) wife frequently return to Iceland, where they have many friends, including several in the Reykjavik police.
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||24 April 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 37,042 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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An elderly aunt used to make a list and description of characters to assist her when reading P D James thrillers, and perhaps I should have done that with this book. Perhaps I am becoming elderly!
That said, it is a really good book and I would (and have already) recommend it.
Gunnhildur (Gunna) is the officer in charge of this investigation and she soon finds herself in a very complex investigation which involves the heavy hand of civil service interference in her investigation. There is an international aspect to the story and soon there are more deaths which are clearly murder. The time-line from the discovery of the dead businessman until the completion of the investigation is just 7 days but they are very busy days for Gunna. One chapter of the book is devoted to each busy day.
At the start of chapter 1 there are a lot of apparently unconnected paragraphs setting the scene for each of those who will become players in this story. You will get a lot of Icelandic names thrown at you and that can be off-putting but stick with it and you will soon get to know who is who and in what camp (even if a lot of the names seem to start with 'H'.)
I got into the plot and enjoyed it. I liked the idea of the first crime which led to the death of the shipping magnate. It is not without humour, and I found myself rooting for most of the baddies in this story (with a couple of notable exceptions only) at some time during the story. It was interesting how someone who had been built up to be a culprit was viewed in a different light when compared to some of those out to get them. Maybe I lost my moral compass. Even the title of the book took on a different meaning as I read the book.
During that busy week Gunna received some family news which excited her at first and then appalled but that part of the story is left hanging until the next book which I will be reading.
This is an extremely well written crime novel with a very sympathetic realistic heroine, Gunna. She may be a few steps behind initially but thoroughness and common sense soon get her up to speed. I also like that she is well drawn and that her problems at home make her grumpy. The plot is clever with many strands (I needed my wits about me to keep up) which all come together nicely at the end.
SPOILER ish: Probably my only criticism is Gunna's conversation with Sif towards the end which I felt out of characters. But then I've only read this Gunnhildur mystery so far, so maybe I'll understand her decision when I know more.
And I will be reading more!