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Good story and character development, but those names! They could have helped us lame English speaking folk by replacing the names in the audible version with Greta, Lars and Gunthur. I basically could only keep track of one or two characters by name.
I do think that the narrator makes a vast difference to one's enjoyment of a book, Mel Hudson is excellent.
Another good story - albeit very complicated trying to get my head around the who and why. I just love Gunnhildur, she is patient and tolerant but can come back with a witty/caustic response when necessary. I like the way that Quentin Blake actually has his detectives work with evidence - not just 'gut feeling' as in some novels nowadays.
I still have a little problem with the Icelandic names - but a quick rewind soon fettles that!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
A great central character - Sergeant Gunnhildur now heading Reykjavik's new Serious Crime Unit, and a superb narrator, Mel Hudson who can even pronounce the Icelandic personal names and place names correctly! Whilst the plot is complex, and there are enough murders to satisfy a Midsomer Murders plot, there is a touch of humour that lightens it beautifully.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gunna the cop! A realistic character trying her best to balance family and work as a single parent with a high pressure job, and coping womanfully with the sometimes sexist, sometimes arrogant, sometimes simply stupid senior police officers and politicians that cross her path.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Her interviews with the suspects, particularly "Daft Dibdi" and Skari. Gunna is not just a tough cop - and she is definitely tough! - she shows a genuine empathy with those who have been manipulated.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Nordic - not-so Noir
Any additional comments?
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