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Snowblind
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
121 posts | 100 read | 1 reading | 97 to read
Where: A quiet fishing village in northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors. It is accessible only via a small mountain tunnel. Who: Ari Thor is a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik. He has a past that he's unable to leave behind. What: A young woman is found lying half-naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed elderly writer falls to his death. Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
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ravenlee
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Mehso-so

Thrillers, mysteries, crime novels - really not my thing. I didn‘t find this creepy or suspenseful in particular, and I disliked the deliberate and obvious withholding of information from the reader (as in “He asked the question and she answered” instead of actually writing said question/answer). It was…fine…though a lot went unresolved. I liked the Iceland setting (one of my favorite trips ever and I need to return). #52Books23 #NordicNoir

SamAnne Just picked this up from the library….because I‘m headed to Iceland this summer! Hmmm…seems like some of his other books get better reviews. 1w
Clare-Dragonfly I haaaaate withholding of information like that. Gah. 1w
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ravenlee
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Yesterday‘s library #BookHaul - or the day before, or possibly both. I have absolutely no concept of what day it is right now. Yesterday I said to the dental hygienist at my appointment that the day before I was convinced it was actually Thursday, and she said something about it being Monday. This did not alleviate my confusion in any way. So anyway, I got these books from the library…recently.

Branwen 😂 😂 😂 I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels like this sometimes! 3w
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Jaimelire
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Pickpick

Loved this Nordic noir mystery. Set in a small community In Iceland, lots of great characters and it‘s a series, so I have already moved on to book #2!

Bklover I loved this one! I love mysteries that take in cold places! 2mo
Jaimelire @Bklover me too! And I live in Canada where it gets really cold! I am reading the second book of this series right now. 2mo
Bklover Which one is second? I know they go in a weird order 2mo
Jaimelire @Bklover I am reading Night Blind right now. I think it‘s the second (?). Not sure 2mo
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Eggs
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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I love the bleakness of snow storms and their aftermaths as a setting for mysteries/thrillers. This one was wonderful ❄️🌨️❄️

#SnowedIn #JanuaryJazz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! ❄️ 3mo
ChelseaM6010 I‘ve had this book on my tbr forever! 3mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ChelseaM6010 Winter is a good time to read this one! 3mo
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Magdalenka
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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“Who eats curry with out rice “!?

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swishandflick
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Pickpick

I wasn't quite as hooked as I was with The Darkness, but the small town setting with the claustrophobic snowy mountain backdrop really added to the sinister feeling. I could see this series really picking up and liked the mc! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

kspenmoll Really enjoy this series 5mo
SamAnne Planning a trip to Iceland this summer. This is on my list to read! 5mo
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Lizpixie
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Pickpick

I am so ashamed to say this, but Bk1 of July is finally done! It‘s taken me 14 days to actually read a book from start to finish & I‘m frustrated by the huge stack that‘s sitting unfinished. This was a great Icelandic thriller set in Siglufjörõur, a small town on the north coast. Ari Thór accepts his first posting after academy only the quiet town he‘s expecting has the questionable death of a famous author followed by the attack on a nurse. 4⭐️?

RebL No shame. If I weren't stuck on a train for 36 hours with no wifi or cell service earlier this month, it's likely that I wouldn't have finished a book this month start to finish. 8mo
TheSpineView We all have reading slumps. Just remember I page at a time. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Still great progress!!! Sometimes you just have to readjust goals ❤ 8mo
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bekakins
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
Mehso-so

#bookspin done… I‘m not a massive fan of a mystery that the reader is unable to solve due to not being given all the facts! I will read the next one on the series though to see if things improve as I nipped the setting…

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 13mo
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Ddzmini
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this thriller. A quick read and I love reading about the characters and I‘m looking forward to the next book in the series 🤗📖

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Ddzmini
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Switching up to something new… well new to me 🤗📖🤨

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Bklover
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Pickpick

I seem to spend winter reading books that take place in the cold. This series, which takes place in an isolated town in Northern Iceland begins with this mystery, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next in the series. Photo is of the actual town, which I would now love to visit!

KathyWheeler That‘s so pretty! 13mo
Bklover @KathyWheeler Isn‘t it? The author grew up there and the only access is through a tunnel in the mountain. It‘s waaay up north. 13mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture! I read this one and really enjoyed. 13mo
Bklover @Cathythoughts The pictures I found made me want to visit. It looks beautiful! 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! I‘d love to go there too .. that tunnel is the only access. It‘s part of the mystery if I remember correctly… so long sinse I read them ( I think I‘d reread .. 13mo
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Icepop
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this slow burning crime story. Set in a small snowed in town in Iceland, it perfectly describes the bleak midwinter. The atmospheric setting makes you feel you are there and can almost feel the cold surrounding you. Iceland is one of my favourite places and I love Nordic noir drama. This book doesn‘t disappoint. There are many intertwined characters who gradually come together within the story. Can‘t wait to read the next one.

DrexEdit Nordic noir. 👍 😊 14mo
Bklover I just finished this one- great review. You could feel his claustrophobia! 13mo
Icepop I‘ve just finished Blackout which is the second book in the series! Just as good!! 👍 12mo
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MittenGirlPeach
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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I‘m in for #JoyousJanuary! I‘m starting with finishing the tagged book, which I‘m definitely enjoying. Then it‘s on to my first Ruth Ware. My goal is two bingoes and seven books! @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 1y
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Ddzmini
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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In todays mail 📖

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Susanita
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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1. I like snow better the next day! When the sky is deep blue and the snow glitters in the sun, before it gets all dirty and gross.
2. Usually I like to walk around and look at the snow, but this year with my leg still healing from surgery that‘s not such a good idea.

We ended up getting ~ 6 or 7 inches yesterday…

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and enjoy your snow!❄❄❄ 1y
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DarkMina
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Eggs Perfect ☃️💙❄️ 1y
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majkia
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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What I was picturing as I read this thriller set in the northern part of Iceland. Quite interesting, in how it was presented. A bit slow at first but I enjoyed the second half much better. Nice characters and a complex enough plot to surprise.

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amywithbooks
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Currently reading- the first in a series! #NordicNoir

vivastory Looking forward to your thoughts on this one!! 2y
robinb I enjoyed this! I need to get back to the series. 2y
amywithbooks @vivastory I really enjoyed this!! Looking forward to the rest of the series 2y
vivastory Thanks!! I think I'm going to move it to the top of my TBR. 📚📚 2y
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DarkMina
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Pickpick

44 of 2021. This book is set in a small village in Iceland. Great descriptions of the snow and cold make it very atmospheric. A new cop is assigned to this village where everyone knows each other and he is the outsider. I enjoyed the characters. Good start to a new series that I definitely will continue reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#stackingtheseries #seriesread2021 #LitsyAtoZ #AbecedarianTBR #LetterJ

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Crazeedi
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Pickpick

An interesting beginning to a series. I like crime stories that don't necessarily end all wrapped up with a bow. Ari Thór is a new policeman who gets a job in the town on the edge of northern Iceland. A town where everyone knows each other and outsiders are still called that after living there for years. The manager of the playhouse accidentally falls down steps and dies, and the leading man's wife is found in the snow almost dead. ⬇️

Crazeedi Ari Thór thinks they may be connected
The description of the snows and darkness during winter makes me glad I don't live there. I'll definitely read the next book in the series.
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Crazeedi Thank you @kspenmoll for this new series! 2y
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TheSpineView Doing good!👍 2y
DarkMina This book is on my TBR this month. (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I have 2nd in my TBR. Will send along when I‘ve finished with it! Great review by the way! 2y
Crazeedi @kspenmoll aww! Thank you! I was planning to look for number 2!! 2y
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guinsgirlreads
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New mug! ☕️🤗🥰

Chrissyreadit Love the mug and the mantra! 2y
RavenLovelyReads Love it! ❤️ 2y
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yvo_about_books
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Ready for the weekend and for this week to be over!! Enjoying a little nordic noir session in the countryside. 📖🧉🌳

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kspenmoll
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#12books2020 #Iceland #snow #7swansaswimming #day7

Wonderful characters, a very human detective newly assigned to a fishing village in far north of Iceland,vivid description s of blinding snow storms, make this a 5 star whodunit for me.

Crazeedi Sounds good! 2y
kspenmoll @Crazeedi I think you would enjoy it. 2y
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Cinsarly
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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Pickpick

Great nordic crime novel set in a small town in Iceland near the Arctic. Great descriptions of snow and cold and the claustrophobic feeling of being cut off. Multiple mysteries and I liked the way they were woven together. If this is the first in the series, I definitely would read more. 26 pts #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders will figure out bingos tomorrow. :P

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TheEllieMo
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Still in a mood for crime at the moment, since my last report two weeks ago, I have read The Night Stalker and the first three books in Ragnar Jónasson‘s Dark Iceland series, which I am really enjoying. Currently almost at the end of the fourth in the series, one more and then a 5-month wait till the final book in the series is released! Also about a third of the way through Black Water Lilies.

#BookReport #WeeklyForecast

robinb I enjoyed Snow Blind and keep meaning to continue...one day! 😊😩🤣 3y
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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This was atmospheric (the town is pretty much a character, I love when that happens) with a slower pace than most thrillers but it works well. We're given plenty of time to know our main character and the other players in this particular drama and to be invested in solving the crimes. I'm interested in Ari Thor's future so I'll check my library for the other books in the series.

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BarbaraBB
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Pickpick

This is a decent thriller set in a desolate town in the northern part of #Iceland. Of course it‘s winter, heavy snowfall secludes the town even more from the rest of the country. The young policeman Ari Thor has just moved to the town when all action starts.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇮🇸

Tanisha_A Love the photo 3y
Librarybelle Good choice for Iceland! 3y
batsy Yes, great photo! 3y
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Cinfhen Sunshine ☀️ and glad you enjoyed the read...will you continue with the series??? 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No I don‘t think so. As you know, #toomanybookstoolittletime 😉😘 3y
Hooked_on_books I loved the setting in this one. Fabulous. But I couldn‘t get past the misogyny of the main character. It just made me so angry. 3y
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kspenmoll
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This Northern Icelandic winter is one of unremitting snowstorms,avalanches that make roads in and out of town impassable, and dark skies. Fresh out of Police Academy,Ari Thor accepts a job here,where “nothing ever happens” & becomes involved in solving two murders.Each of the cast of characters comes with their own intriguing back story. A parallel sinister plot, told in flashbacks, & written in italics,is interwoven.Themes:love,betrayal,justice.

kspenmoll @Cinfhen Cindy, what I wrote does not do this book justice at all. So many stories behind people‘e lives. So many secrets hidden behind faces. Struggles with love, with speaking of emotions. Of being honest to oneself. Of justice & injustice. I feel inarticulate but I really enjoyed the book, the author‘s style. (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!! What a glowing review and such a stunning endorsement xx thanks!!! Will look to add this for #ReadingEurope2020 Thank You 😊 3y
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BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen , what a wonderful review! 3y
Cinfhen Have u read #Iceland yet @BarbaraBB ??? 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No! Shall I get this one so we can #buddyread? 3y
Cinfhen I‘m not sure if I can find it here @BarbaraBB let me do some research and I‘ll let u know if it‘s possible🤓I‘m gonna check my book subscriptions first and kindle too 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Perfect, I‘ll check to where to get a copy! 3y
Cinfhen Ok @BarbaraBB I‘m able to read this book through Scribd 🙌🏻😃so let me know when u want to BuddyRead 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I fly back to Holland tonight and will let you know tomorrow, okay? I need to find a copy too. Looking forward to it! 3y
Cinfhen Safe travels / no rush 😘 @barbarabb 3y
Librarybelle Glad you like this one. I struggled with it, as did my mystery book group. I didn‘t mind the dark aspects of it - the atmosphere was the best piece for me - but I felt it lacked something. Books speak to everyone in a different way - it‘s awesome to hear other opinions! Good choice for Iceland! 3y
kspenmoll @Librarybelle It seemed at times like the climate, weather was almost a character itself. I see what you & your book club are saying. For me all the stories/threads synthesized at the end. The repressed emotions seemed to speak to the starkness of the land. I am babbling. You are right; we all experience books relative to our own back stories! ❤️ 3y
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I really enjoyed the book, but to be fair, @librarybelle experienced the book differently. 3y
Librarybelle That‘s a good way of putting it! The emotions connected well to the starkness of the land. And the isolation. 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews @kspenmoll but im happy to give it a try via scribd 🤞🏽🤞🏽 3y
SandraPreuss I love how nothing ever happens until the protagonist moves in. Are the residences of these towns all grumbling and complaining about how the newbies always bring trouble only they can solve? 3y
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kspenmoll
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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#ReadingEurope2020 #Iceland

“The red stain was like a scream in the silence.”
Novel‘s first sentence. Powerful. Evocative.
Just started this book today. Meant to get to it all week, but was just too busy.

Librarybelle I read this one last year. That is a good first line! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag!! I‘ll have to keep watching for the rest of your thoughts 💗 3y
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kspenmoll
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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#BookReport
Finished:
Love in Amsterdam #audiobook #ReadingEurope2020 #TheNetherlands
The Eloquence of the Dead #funmystery
The History of Jane Doe #YAfiction

In the process of Reading:
The Library Book #bookspin #12
Snow Blind #ReadingEurope2020 #Iceland
The Secret Book and Scone Society #audiobook #mystery #booksinbooks

Cinfhen I‘m curious about tagged book as it‘s also my “choice” for #Iceland 3y
Librarybelle Good week! 3y
Geenie 👍👏 3y
BarbaraBB Great week! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Look at you checking things off lists!! Great work! 3y
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kspenmoll
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kspenmoll @Librarybelle Lost link to #readingeurope2020 map. Can you post it for me? Many thanks! 3y
Librarybelle I just tagged you in an older post I made about the challenge! 3y
TheAromaofBooks ❤ ❤ 3y
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kspenmoll
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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#readingeurope2020 #Iceland #Map
This book is set in the far north town of Siglufjordur. The author‘s grandparents lived there So he visited them summers and got to know the town well. .

BarbaraBB Sounds good. 3y
Librarybelle I didn‘t realize that. Fun fact! 3y
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kspenmoll
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson

#bookmaps #Iceland #ReadingEurope2020
The author‘s grandparents lived in S

julesG Blurbus interruptus? 3y
LeahBergen @julesG 😆😆 3y
kspenmoll @julesG 😂😂😂 indeed!!!! 3y
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kspenmoll
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson
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#Nextup #BookSpin #ReadingEurope2020 #Iceland #BirthdayBook #NonFiction
My new stack of reading. Excited! ❤️📚

Librarybelle 😁 3y
TheAromaofBooks Such a pretty pile!! 3y
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Librarybelle
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Mehso-so

I‘m kind of thinking Nordic Noir is not for me, though I wasn‘t a big fan of the main character, Ari Thor. In a desolate town, closed off from the outside world due to the weather, secrets come to light, and death lurks in the shadows. Ari is a new recruit for the police force; as an outsider, he‘s having a hard time adjusting to his new surrounding. Yet, he seems pettish and petulant and makes some pretty bad choices. So-so for #WhoDunItTheSequel

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IReadThereforeIBlog
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
Mehso-so

Ragnar Jónasson‘s debut Nordic Noir crime thriller (translated into English by Quentin Bates and the first in a series) makes full use of its atmospheric location to create a sense of choking claustrophobia but the plot meanders and I found myself bored by the emotionally immature Ari Thór and his girlfriend woes, especially as Ari Thór‘s investigation is driven more by happenstance by evidence, such that I am unlikely to check out the sequel.

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allureofbeauty
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Mehso-so

Read this for my book club. It was alright but it was a slow burn and took quite awhile for the murder mystery part of it.
#library #bookclub #librarybookclub #snowblind #ragnarjonasson #mystery #mysterybookclub #thriller #iceland

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Ryles
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Rain days spent well. Starting a new book by an Icelandic author, so my Icelandic mug I bought there last year seemed fitting 💕🇮🇸📚☕️🇨🇦

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Librarybelle
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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@aschermetz - I received this today! #whodunitthesequel

aschermetz Yay! Geeze sorry it was so late. 🙈😬 4y
Librarybelle @aschermetz No problem at all! I still have all of the others sent to me from someone no longer in the group! 4y
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amiekreger
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Pickpick

A little bit of sunshine peaking through on this cold winter day.

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amiekreger
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Started this one today during the ice storm.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

While I really enjoyed the setting of this book, as well as the Icelandic pronunciations on the audio, the book itself was just ok. The main character had some traits I found infuriating and the author did something I hate in mysteries—hid information from the reader that the investigator has. I won‘t be continuing with this series.

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Susanita
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A “locked room” mystery, but the room is a remote Icelandic town when a landslide cuts off the only road to the rest of the country. #snowycover #anewchapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❄️❄️❄️ 4y
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wallacereads
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Mehso-so

First book finished for the #24b42019 readathon. I wanted to like this book since it was described as having the same vibe as an Agatha Christie mystery. However, the characters all felt flat and the murder and ultimate murderer were not all that interesting.

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Mollyanna
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Pickpick

I‘ll keep this brief so as not to spoil anything for my other #whodunitthesequel readers. I really enjoyed this atmospheric novel about a small town in the fjords of Iceland.

@BookwormAHN This will be heading your way shortly. I‘m hoping today, but at the rate I‘m moving I‘m not sure if I‘ll get to the post office before they close. 😆

robinb I enjoyed this as well...want to read more from this author. 👍😊 4y
Mollyanna @robinb I just looked and my library has the next in the series. May be my first book of the new year. 4y
BookwormAHN Okay, I'm looking forward to reading this one. 4y
robinb @Mollyanna 👍👍😊 4y
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andrew61
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#50wordsforsnow #winterwonderland
I was expecting dark nordic noir with this read set in an Icelandic town isolated by heavy snowfall and got quite a cosy crime read which would read well as the nights draw in. I lent it to my mum who then bought the rest if the series so i returned from last visit with all 4 - may read on soon.
I'll also tonight be hunting through my cds for my copy of this album - cosy crime and kate bush a perfect combination

Louise Thanks for this review. I‘m going to tell my mom about it. She loves Scandinavian crime novels! 4y
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CatLass007
Snowblind | Ragnar Jaonasson

@Mollyanna the tagged book and #AStudyInCharlotte finally are on the way to you. I‘m so sorry it‘s taken me so long to finish. You know why. Thank you for your patience! You should receive the package by Monday, November 26th. #WhodunitTheSequel.

Mollyanna No problem at all. I‘ll keep an eye out for them. Hope you‘re doing okay. Myself and the rest of your Litsy family are here for you... 4y
CatLass007 @Mollyanna ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
Mollyanna I received your package on Sunday, but just got a chance to open it today. It‘s been one of those weeks. Thank you for the mug (so cute😘) and the autumn garland 🍁🍁🍁 and most of all the beautiful note you included. 4y
CatLass007 You‘re welcome, @Mollyanna 4y
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Literary_Siren
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1. Nay!!
2. Too much for my taste!
3. Snuggle into my warm bed with hot cocoa and a book.
4. Stay inside where it‘s warm and glare at the snow from a window! (While, possibly, growling Bah Humbug, under my breath. 🤷🏻‍♀️)
#HelloThursday #Snow

Melismatic Hello, fellow Scrooge friend! Couldn‘t agree more! 🌬 #scroogelife 4y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I feel that way sometimes too. Snow is definitely a love/hate kind of thing for me. 4y
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ❄️💙 4y
Kaye 👍🏼 4y
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Susanita
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1. Yay snow. Nay “wintry mix.”
2. It‘s snowing now...
3. Plop on the couch and read and/or watch movies set in hot places.
4. I like to walk around the neighborhood after the snow has stopped and see the sledding, snow people, etc.
#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ❄️💙 4y
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