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message 1: by Ken, Moderator (U.S.A.) (last edited Sep 29, 2020 10:51AM) (new)

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We have only 3 reads this month they are:

1) Noir in the North: Genre, Politics and Place by Stacy Gillis editor and Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir editor to be published 1 October 2020. Iceland.

What is often termed 'Nordic Noir' has dominated detective fiction, film and television internationally for over two decades. But what are the parameters of this genre, both historically and geographically? What is noirish and what is northern about Nordic noir? The foreword and coda in this volume, by two internationally-bestselling writers of crime fiction in the north, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Gunnar Staalesen, speak to the social contract undertaken by writers of noir, while the interview with the renowned crime writer Val McDermid adds nuance to our understanding of what it is to write noir in the North.

Divided into four sections – Gender and Sexuality, Space and Place, Politics and Crime, and Genre and Genealogy – Noir in the North challenges the traditional critical histories of noir by investigating how it functions transnationally beyond the geographical borders of Scandinavia. The essays in this book deepen our critical understanding of noir more generally by demonstrating, for example, Nordic noir's connection to fin-de-siècle literatures and to mid-century interior design, and by investigating the function of the state in crime fiction.

2) Mountain Ghost Mountain Ghost (PolarPol #2) by Christoffer Petersen by Christoffer Petersen Christoffer Petersen to be published 4 October 2020. Greenland.

When a Swedish intelligence agent is linked to organised crime in the Arctic, the PolarPol team is tasked to investigate to diffuse an international scandal.

As acting commander of PolarPol, Etienne Gagnon (RCMP) puts together a team of law enforcement specialists to investigate Mats Lindström. But when the Swedish agent is declared missing in the mountains, the investigation swiftly develops into a Search & Rescue operation.

Under increasing political pressure, and thwarted by foreign agents linked to a shrewd and powerful organisation, Gagnon realises that the search for Lindström is just one part of a larger plot threatening security in the Arctic.

Mountain Ghost is the second book in Christoffer Petersen’s Polarpol Arctic Task Force thriller series. If you like Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow Series and Bear Grylls' Will Jaeger books then you’ll love Christoffer Petersen’s police action thriller.

3) The Bolivian Girl: A Hard-Hitting Special Forces Action Thriller The Bolivian Girl A Hard-Hitting Special Forces Action Thriller by Christoffer Petersen by Christoffer Petersen Christoffer Petersen to be published 6 October 2020. Bolivia.

When an American Special Forces unit finds a mute young woman in a remote target location in Bolivia, they are forced to fight to get her to safety, while trying to uncover her identity and her true purpose.

The Bolivian Girl is the first in a new series of hard-hitting military action thrillers from the author of Seven Graves, One Winter and the Greenland Crime and Thriller series of novels and novellas.

..........................As always we will add books as they become known to us. Good reading.

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The End The End by Mats Strandberg by Mats Strandberg Mats Strandberg to be published 6 October 2020. Sweden.

When will the world end? With Foxworth, a massive comet, hurtling toward Earth, humanity now knows the exact date.

Seventeen-year-old Simon wants to spend his last weeks with the people he cares about most, especially his goal-oriented swimmer ex-girlfriend, Tilda, who dumped him shortly after the news broke. Since Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer she’s, retreated into herself preparing for the inevitable. Suddenly facing down a death that makes her the same as everyone else, she longs to connect again but doesn’t quite know where to start. Reaching out to her former best friend Tilda seems like a good first step. Then Tilda is found dead and accusations start circling that Simon is the killer. As the days tick down, Simon and Lucinda only want to know the truth, but the more they uncover about the final days of the girl they both cared for deeply, the clearer the things that really matter become.

Probing the question How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they’d run out?, The End is a taut and riveting pre-apocalyptic thriller underpinned with sharp social commentary, that blends the urgency of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry with the dark tension of Courtney Summer’s Sadie.

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Stephen Tyler & Emil Schlabach book called Blood Aurora: Operation Northern Lights Blood Aurora Operation Northern Lights by Stephen Tyler published 30 September. Iceland.

A suitcase full of human parts, two dead North Korean agents, and a mysterious Nordic symbol carved into the victim’s chest with a Kuku Bima knife, all traced to Reykjavík, Iceland. These are the clues an Amish FBI Special Agent has to stop a diabolical serial killer as a Blood Aurora paints the Icelandic lunar landscape crimson red.
The Northern Lights trilogy opens with this gripping horror thriller that begins in Iceland about a serial killer who for decades has mutilated and killed when a ‘Blood Aurora’ glows in the Arctic night sky. The FBI has sent their top profiler, Special Agent Lukas Limur, to form an uneasy political alliance with the Viking Squad, Iceland’s top counter-terrorism department, to trap and eliminate - by any means necessary - the killer everyone calls, The Beast.

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The Secret Life of Mr Roos The Secret Life of Mr Roos (The Barbarotti Series) by Håkan Nesser by Håkan Nesser Håkan Nesser to be published 15 October 2020. Sweden.

A secluded hut in the middle of the woods. A double life that could be his downfall. The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third Inspector Barbarotti novel from the 'Godfather of Swedish crime' (Metro), Håkan Nesser.

At fifty-nine years old, Valdemar Roos is tired of life. Working a job he hates, with a wife he barely talks to and two step-daughters he doesn't get on with, he doesn't have a lot to look forward to. Then, one day, a winning lottery ticket gives him an opportunity to start afresh.

Without telling a soul, he quits his job and buys a hut in the remote Swedish countryside. Every day he travels down to this man-made oasis, returning each evening to his unsuspecting wife. Life couldn't be better, until a young woman arrives in paradise . . .

Anna Gambowska is a twenty-one-year-old recovering drug addict. On the run from the rehab centre she hated and an abusive relationship she can't go back to, all Anna's prayers are answered when she comes across a seemingly vacant hut in the Swedish woodland. But it's not long before Anna's ex discovers her location, and an incident occurs that will mar the lives of both Anna and Valdemar forever.

Inspector Barbarotti doesn't take much interest when a woman reports her husband as missing. That is, until a dead body is found near the missing man's newly-bought hut, and Mr Roos becomes the number one murder suspect . . .

The Secret Life of Mr Roos is the third novel in Håkan Nesser’s Inspector Barbarotti quintet.

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Ken wrote: "The Secret Life of Mr Roos The Secret Life of Mr Roos (The Barbarotti Series) by Håkan Nesser by Håkan Nesser Håkan Nesser to be published 15 October 2020. Sweden...."

Pre ordered. Enjoy this series, as indeed I do all his books. Thanks

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dANGER dANGER by Dal Cecil Runo by Dal Cecil Runo Dal Cecil Runo to be published 31 October 2020. Iceland.

Detective Gulliver Fox travels to Iceland in the middle of winter. After a tourist is murdered at the famous plane wreckage, he is hired to catch the killer. When he arrives to the scene of the crime, local police officers reveal a clear pattern between this and previous murders around the country, Gulliver is certain about the killer's identity, and things are getting personal. He must act fast and take serious measures.

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The Witch Hunter The Witch Hunter (Jessica Niemi, #1) by Max Seeck by Max Seeck Max Seeck published 27 October 2020. Finland.

A shocking murder in an affluent Helsinki suburb has ties to witchcraft and the occult in this thrilling U.S. debut from Finnish author Max Seeck.

A bestselling author’s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of an empty dining table. Her most chilling feature—her face is frozen in a ghastly smile.

At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from the Witch Hunt trilogy, bestsellers written by the victim’s husband. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she’s not looking for a single killer but rather for dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft who know her every move and are always one step ahead.

As the bodies start piling up, Jessica knows they won’t stop until they get what they want. And when her dark past comes to light, Jessica finds herself battling her own demons while desperately trying to catch a coven of killers before they claim their next victim.

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We have Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark Lady Estrid A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark by M.J. Porter by M.J. Porter M.J. Porter published 29 October 2020. Denmark.

From author M J Porter, comes a novel of the most influential woman in eleventh-century Denmark, Lady Estrid.

Lady Estrid: A Novel of Eleventh Century Denmark

Daughter, Sister, Duchess, Aunt.


United by blood and marriage. Divided by seas. Torn apart by ambition.

Lady Estrid Sweinsdottir has returned from Kiev, her first husband dead after only a few months of marriage. Her future will be decided by her father, King Swein of Denmark, or will it?

A member of the ruling House of Gorm, Estrid might not be eligible to rule, as her older two brothers, but her worth is in more than her ability to marry and provide heirs for a husband, for her loyalty is beyond question.

With a family as divided and powerful as hers, stretching from England to Norway to the land of the Svear, she must do all she can

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We have Fallen Angels Fallen Angels (Varg Veum) by Gunnar Staalesen by Gunnar Staalesen Gunnar Staalesen published 25 September 2020. Norway.

When Bergen PI Varg Veum finds himself at the funeral of a former classmate on a sleet-grey December afternoon, he's unexpectedly reunited with his old friend Jakob – the once-famous lead singer of 1960s rock band The Harpers – and his estranged wife, Rebecca, Veum's first love.

Their rekindled friendship come to an abrupt end with a horrific murder, and Veum is forced to dig deep into his own adolescence and his darkest memories, to find a motive … and a killer.

Tense, vivid and deeply unsettling, Fallen Angels is the spellbinding, award-winning thriller that secured Gunnar Staalesen's reputation as one of the world's foremost crime writers.

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