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by Ragnar Jonasson

Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on Winterkill

Taut, tenacious storytelling squeezes thoughts and feelings in this chilling read. Winterkill continues the Dark Iceland series in Iceland’s most northerly town as a snow storm hits. A 19 year old falls to her death, and a diary entry suggests that it wasn’t an accident while a man in a nursing home writes “she was murdered” on the wall of his room. This is the sixth and apparently last in a series that pulses with chilling atmosphere and energy. Translated from the French edition by David Warriner, he ensures Ragnar Jonasson’s trademark biting and uncomplicated style is allowed freedom to sing. Now an Inspector, Ari Thor Arason is as fascinating as ever. The storyline contains several strands, interesting characters, and Ari’s complicated relationships. This particular investigation has an unsettling and sad overtone, that lingers after finishing. Winterkill is a satisfying conclusion to a stimulating and readable series. 

Liz Robinson

Winterkill Synopsis


When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of Siglufjoerdur, Police Inspector Ari Thor battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer ... The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in Siglufjoerdur, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes.

Ari Thor 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 Siglufjoerdur, Ari Thor 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 Jonasson as one of the most exciting authors in crime fiction.

Winterkill Press Reviews

Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense.

--Ian Rankin

Ragnar does claustrophobia beautifully.

--Ann Cleeves

Ragnar Jonasson writes with a chilling, poetic beauty.

--Peter James

This is such a tense, gripping read.

--Anthony Horowitz

Traditional and beautifully finessed.


Jonasson's true gift is for describing the daunting beauty of the fierce setting, lashed by blinding snowstorms that smother the village in

a thick, white darkness

that is strangely comforting.

--New York Times

A chiller of a thriller.

-- Washington Post

A classic crime story seen through a uniquely Icelandic lens. First rate and highly recommended.

--Lee Child

Required reading.

--New York Post

Puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys.

--Kirkus Reviews

The best sort of gloomy storytelling.

--Chicago Tribune

The prose is stark and minimal, the mood dank and frost-tipped. It's also bleakly brilliant.


Jonasson's books have breathed new life into Nordic noir.


This is Icelandic noir of the highest order, with Jonasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page.

--Daily Mail

Nothing less than a landmark in modern crime fiction.


Fans of dark crime fiction that doesn't pull punches will be amply rewarded.

--Publishers Weekly

A world-class crime writer.

--Sunday Times

A vivid cast of characters, whose fears, ambitions, rivalries and longings are movingly universal.

--Oprah magazine

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ISBN: 9781913193454
Publication date: 10th December 2020
Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Ebook
Genres: Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Translated Fiction,

About Ragnar Jonasson

Author of the bestselling Dark Iceland crime series, Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1976 and works as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV‐news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Before becoming a writer, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic, and has had short stories published in international literary magazines. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers' Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik. He is also the ...

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