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Devil's Fjord

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  31 reviews
New District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen uncovers a series of dark secrets when he investigates the disappearance of two boys in the remote Faroe Islands.

Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Creme de La Crime (first published January 31st 2019)
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Nordic noir!

A truly bleak story as tortured as the isolated area it describes. Hewson himself describes the book as, "gentle Scandi noir with a tough edge to it."
There is nothing "gentle" about this novel. It's pure, gritty Nordic noir and I loved it!
Bodies piles up, just as surely as the whale bodies do during the killing season, the "Grind" as its referred to. If you are repulsed by the garnishing of whales in what is portrayed as a traditional fisher folk activity, now rigorously governed by
The Cats’ Mother
A hauntingly atmospheric suspense story in the style of Broadchurch, this is set in an isolated village in the Faroe Islands, not a place I can ever imagine wanting to visit. Situated equidistant from Norway, Scotland and Iceland, they actually belong to Denmark, but have their own administrative system. I almost gave up on this because of the gratuitous violence of the whale slaughter in the early chapters, but it was an ARC so put it aside for a spell until my stomach could take it. The rest ...more
Rowena Hoseason
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The remote Faroe Islands form an isolated community with its own, unique culture -- the perfect setting for a new thriller. Devil's Fjord seems to be targeted more at crime enthusiasts who enjoy Shetland mysteries rather than readers who typically enjoy translated books from Scandinavian authors.

The story settles immediately into a reassuringly familiar format. We meet the key characters in a village environment – the unwelcome newcomer from the big city, the alpha male who dominates local
Elaine Tomasso
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for a review copy of Devil’s Fjord, a stand alone set in the Faroe Isles.

When Benji and Jónas Mikkelsen disappear during a grind (whale killing) the newly appointed District Sheriff for the fishing, Tristan Haraldsen, feels responsible and tries to discover what has happened to the boys. In the course of his investigation he uncovers some unsavoury secrets in the village of Djevelsfjord.

I enjoyed Devil’s Fjord which is an interesting mix of the
It had the makings of something but it delivered a fairly bland tale. The stoicism of the characters was only matched to their willingness to cover up crimes. There was a shallowness to the characters and after a bit about a whale grind, puffin catching and being remote the atmospheric Faroe Islands really did not get a chance to star.
All a bit boring.
Jean Kolinofsky
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Tristan Haraldsen’s physical reveals a minor heart problem he is relieved of his job with the police and sent to Vagar, a small village in the Faroes, as the district sheriff. His sole responsibility is to oversee the grind, the forced beaching and slaughter of whales. The grind is a tradition that provides food and income for the winter, but for outsider Tristan and his wife Elsebeth it is a brutal experience.

Jonas and Benjamin Mikkelsen are young brothers who hope to help with the grind.
Ken Fredette
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Hewson starts off with Tristan mowing his roof in his black pyjamas when a grind (whale hunt) are sighted just outside the village he was appointed to as a sheriff, who's only duty is the grind to keep it legal. His wife, Elsebeth, tries to get him dressed and down into the town, but Baldur Ganting who captain of the Alberta, the largest fishing boat in the fleet, beats her to the job, shame is found in this, in a teasing manor. Hewson describes how the grind is usually dealt with in the ...more
Tony Whipp
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another exceptional work...

I’d read several books by David Henson before but the setting of this one (a remote village in the Faroes) is completely different. On the (slight) down-side, are the many place and people names that left me bewildered for pronunciation. That aside - and it didn’t trouble me greatly - the setting is carefully described and the characters well drawn. Which leaves the plot: to avoid spoilers I shall say no more except that it is original and attention grabbing. All in
Sally Whiteside
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rough, raw, bleak, politically incorrect, lies, secrets in a very small island. Not sure about this books... But I did enjoy the experience.
My heart skipped in delight at the promise of both a wild, remote location and a new mark on my armchair travel map with this new mystery by David Hewson. When I heard the author describe it as a “kind of gentle Scandi noir with a tough edge to it”, I was sold!

However, be forewarned – the book may start gentle enough, as ex-policeman Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsbeth arrive in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the Faroe Islands looking for a peaceful semi-retirement, but any
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, nordic-noir
My thanks to Severn House Crème de la Crime for an eARC via NetGalley of David Hewson’s stand-alone crime thriller set in the Faroe Islands, ‘Devil’s Fjord’, in exchange for an honest review.

Newly appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife, Elsebeth, have moved to the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the island of Vagar. His main task is to ensure that the traditional pilot whale hunt, called the Grind by the locals, is conducted according to the rules.

During the first
Neil Challis
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Set on the Faroe islands in a small village which seems to be the a's end of the island.2 boys go missing just after the 'grind'(don't want to expand) one of them is a little monster stealing a knife and bullying his slower,elder brother.After searching for them by boat he is seen falling down a cliff ,but discovered with the knife he had stolen embedded in him,it was assumed his brother had killed him.The local police officer and a retired officer begin to dig and discover the dark underbelly ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Understand going in that this features whale hunting. It's a well done noir novel set in the Faroe Islands, where Tristan Haraldson has been sent in semi-retirement after a physical revealed a heart problem. He, and his wife Elsebeth thought this would be an easy time but, of course, there's a murder, then another, and Tristan himself is a target. I liked this as much for the portrait of life on Vagar as for the mystery. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Hewson writes well and has created a ver ...more
Simon Gosden
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent bleak scandi noir set on the bleak and desolate Shetland Islands. What starts out as a soft posting for recently retired Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth turns into a very dark and complex mystery as the disappearance of two boys after a whale hunt soon becomes a murder inquiry. It's hard, it's grim but it's compelling
Joanne Pulham
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you can get past the first couple of chapters which describe the villagers' actions when killing whales, this is an interesting read. A complete departure from David Hewson but one that I ultimately enjoyed, albeit a little dark.
Lars Stuyts
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Hewson always seems to research the settings for his novels so well, and in this case the sad, harrowing mystery set in the Faroe Islands he has done it to perfection. This novel is more about the where then the characters, and if you are willing to read through the desperate need to survive you will be well rewarded.
Brian Williams
My thanks to the Severn House Publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a review eBook. The comments below are my own.

Tristan Haraldsen is pensioned off from his desk job at the Faroe Islands police headquarters due to a minor heart condition. He and his wife Elsebeth move to a remote Faroe Island fishing village called Devilsfjord where Tristan will enforce hunting and fishing regulations as the part-time District Sheriff. It's supposed to be a low stress job to reward him for leaving the
Heidi | Paper Safari Book Blog
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
As with many Scandinavian mysteries this one is dark, atmospheric and slow paced. Djevulsfjord is a dying village. There are few children or young people and the ones that do live there have lived their whole lives there. They don't like outsiders much and tend to stick to the same way of life they have had forever. From the Grind where they drive whales to the beach for slaughter to get them through the winter to understanding the hard life it is to live in such a remote desolate place.

Breakaway Reviewers
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

The mystery surrounding the Faroe Islands

The newly retired police officer, Tristan Haraldsen, became the part-time District Sheriff for the fishing community in Djevulsfjord. He and his wife, Elsebeth, were excited to settle there. He investigated the disappearance of the two siblings during the whaling season. He discovered the many secrets of others on the island.

Those two Mikkelsen brothers, Jonas and Benjamin, lived with their mother, Alba after she was thrown out by her husband, Silas.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Tina Parry
Nov 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: abandoned
Only managed to read the first chapter but knew I couldn't progress any further. Did not into to read about whaling and the horror of what happens at a whale hunt, and the destruction of sea life. Even the characters did not seem to be people you could warm to. Have read other books by this author which I have enjoyed but this is not the book for me.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
This really didn't do anything for me. The characters were all unlikable and it has got to be the most depressing area in the world. Towards the end I really couldn't care less who had been murdered or who had done it. It was an effort to finish.
Bill Mock
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Man, that was one wild ride. So much going on. You should read it.
Dana Hiscock
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Probably a 3.5. A nice little police procedural set in the Faroe Island of all places.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Harsh and bitter life in the Faroe Islands
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newly-appointed District Sheriff Tristan Haraldsen and his wife Elsebeth are looking forward to a peaceful semi-retirement in the remote fishing village of Djevulsfjord on the stunningly beautiful island of Vagar. But when two boys go missing during the first whale hunt of the season, the repercussions strike at the heart of the isolated coastal community.
I think I’ve read most of the author’s books so was excited to read this book set in a different location & it didn't disappoint. The
Lillian Cummings
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tristan Haraldsen has come to realize that this isn't the place for him & his wife to retire to. There is a dark undertone to this place and that evil lives here. The whale killing season is upon the town and the townfolks can't wait to get out there and to get themselves some meat. It is his job as district sheriff to make sure that the killing is done properly and that all the rules are adhered to. But something goes wrong and two young boys run off and he blames himself for that as he ...more
Patricia Romero
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really wanted to read this book. I love the author's Nic Costa series and I was not disappointed in this Faroe Islands Mystery!

In a small, dying village Tristan Haraldsen and wife Elsebeth are looking forward to living in the small fishing village of Djevulsfjord, a rather remote place

Tristan has taken the job of District Sheriff which doesn't demand a lot. First up on the job list is overseeing the rules of the Grind. A whale hunt. For generations the villagers have depended on the meat from
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This exciting new stand alone thriller by David Hewson is set on the Faroe Islands, a place I didn't know much about.
An middle aged couple has moved to a small fishing and whaling community they naively thought rather picturesque after forced retirement. The life in the little small village turns out to be harsh and full of (unpleasant) surprises.
Tristan, the husband has a part time job as the local sheriff appointed to oversee the Grind, which is the massive killing of a pod of whales. After
Hannelore Cheney
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House for the eARC.
District Sheriff Tristan Haraldson, newly appointed to the job in the Faroe Islands, and his wife, have retired to their new home full of enthusiasm and looking forward to living in this beautiful area. Tristan's job is to assure the 'grind ' (whale hunt) is done legally and humanely. What follows is a disturbing description of the slaughter of a pod of whales by the villagers. The whale meat and blubber will insure they have enough food to
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DAVID HEWSON was born in Yorkshire in 1953. His books range from the Nic Costa series set in Italy to adaptations of The Killing in Copenhagen and the Pieter Vos series in Amsterdam.
He's adapted Shakespeare for Audible and in 2018 won the Audie for best original work for Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, narrated by Richard Armitage.
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