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Launch party for Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen and Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Liz Robinson

By Liz Robinson on 8th November 2018

On Tuesday 6 November the Icelandic and Finnish Embassies held a joint reception to welcome two new books into the world. Palm Beach, Finland by Antti Tuomainen is a quirky, smirky, entertaining slice of fabulous where a covert ops detective investigates a death in a Finnish holiday village. Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir is a smart, taut, first class read set in Reykjavik just after the volcanic eruption in 2011, where drugs running and financial scandals sit hand in hand.

Both books are beautifully translated, and published by Orenda Books. After Lilja and Antti were introduced and a small discussion over who claimed Father Christmas took place (I’m still not sure who won), publisher Karen gamely tried her hand at both languages, which was appreciated but not necessarily understood by the hosts! The evening was warm, friendly, and full of book chat as the drinks, canapés, and now famous cupcakes circulated.

I can thoroughly recommend both titles, I haven’t come across an Orenda title that I haven’t enjoyed, Karen and her team have the knack of finding wonderful authors with different and extremely readable books … I raise my glass to all of those involved.

Comments (40)

Victoria N - 31st October 2019

I haven't read any of these books, that's why I would love to win them!

Keith C - 31st October 2019

I am so looking forward to reading my first book by her.

Louise G - 30th October 2019

I've not read any as yet

Tracy B - 29th October 2019

I haven't heard of this author before but have a feeling I will definitely be giving her books a read soon

Marion G - 29th October 2019

Snare - great book!

Anthea H - 29th October 2019

I haven't read any of these books but I would really like to.

Wiebke H - 29th October 2019

I have yet to read an Icelandic crime novel that I haven't liked, so definitely need to try this one.

Michael O - 29th October 2019

Scandi noir, what's not to like!

JANE K - 29th October 2019

I have yet to read any of her books but would love to

Richard T - 28th October 2019

I've yet to read, but i will

Sandra L - 28th October 2019

New author to me also, and I look forward to reading the books.

Julie M - 28th October 2019

I haven't read any books by this author and I love crime books.

Jacqui G - 28th October 2019

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Pippa A - 28th October 2019

I haven't actually read any yet but I have this on my TBR list

Andrea H - 28th October 2019

These sound so good and the covers are fab!

Claire D - 28th October 2019

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Sheri D - 27th October 2019

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Jane W - 27th October 2019

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Priscilla S - 27th October 2019

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Margaret G - 24th October 2019

Havent read aby yet - my first will be very soon

Brenda Maria B - 23rd October 2019

I've been recommended to read the literature by Orenda. Both books sound very interesting and looks like you all had a fab night! Extra interest in the Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir as I've been to Reykjavik and really loved the city.

Susan N - 22nd October 2019

I am new to this author so haven't read any of her books yet, but I will give her a go and start with her first book and then if I enjoy it work through in the order they are published.

Susan B - 22nd October 2019

I have not read this author's books but your review is helpful and informative so hope to be able to do so sometime soon.

Fiona K - 20th October 2019

I haven't read anything by either of these authors, but I love Nordic Noir so have added these to my wishlist.

amy S - 20th October 2019

I have yet to read these x

Claire F - 20th October 2019

I haven't heard of this author before but she will now join my to read list

Laura P - 20th October 2019

I've not read any of her books yet but they look amazing!

Anna S - 20th October 2019

I have not yet but I would love to. They sounds like good reads.

Alice G - 20th October 2019

I actually haven't read any of the books yet. But I would love to!

Sheena B - 19th October 2019

I haven't read any yet but my reading list has just been added to

Maggie N - 19th October 2019

I've not read any yet, but am a great skandi noir fan, and look forward to doing so.

Patricia A - 19th October 2019

Not read any ....yet. But I'd love the chance.

Melanie P - 19th October 2019

Love watching Nordic crime thrillers on the TV but have yet to read any books of the same genre. This would be a really good starting point for me as both books sound amazing!

Richard H - 18th October 2019

None yet but I have been recommended to start reading this author

Alison J - 18th October 2019

I haven't read any of the book yet, but am adding them to my reading wish list.

Julie T - 18th October 2019

I haven't ready any of these books yet but having read about them on Love Reading I am itching to get started.

Steve W - 17th October 2019

Iceland is a wonderful place to visit and I am getting a new appreciation for some Icelandic Noir!

Annabel G - 17th October 2019

I have yet to read any of her books but would love to

Christine L - 17th October 2019

I haven't read any but ow added to my wishlist

Tracy N - 17th October 2019

I've read The Man Who Died

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