Frozen Out : Gunnhildur Mystery

  • by Quentin Bates
  • Narrated by Mel Hudson
  • Series: Gunnhildur Mystery
  • 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik's police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter quickly, she is suspicious that the man's death was no accident and once she has identified the body, sets about investigating his final hours. The case takes Gunnhildur away from her village and into a cosmopolitan world of shady deals, government corruption and violence. She finds herself alone and less than welcome in this hostile environment as she tries to find out who it was that made sure the young man drowned on a dark night one hundred kilometres from where he should have been - and why.
Although born in the UK in 1962, through a series of coincidences Quentin Bates found himself working in Iceland in his gap year. The gap year then became 10 years, during which time he managed to get himself married, produce a family, and generally go native in Iceland. The family then moved back to the UK in 1990 where Quentin became a full-time journalist on a commercial fishing magazine. Frozen Assets was born through the author's own inside knowledge of Iceland and its society, along with exploring the world of crime. He and his (Icelandic) wife frequently return to Iceland, where they have many friends, including several in the Reykjavik police.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

narrator distracting, had to stop listening

the narrator was distracting in her pace of reading, lilting narration and her attempts to produce character's names with an Icelandic accent. I had to stop listening as a result. May read on own as story itself may be good.
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- Stephanie

Icelanders don't have British Accents

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a good story. The characters are believable as are their actions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Frozen Out?

Complete confusion over the number of characters with names starting with 'S'; Snorri, Skuli, Steini...

What about Mel Hudson’s performance did you like?

Mel Hudson can produce a wide variety of character voices.

Any additional comments?

Iceland is a country of born storytellers and a very large majority of Iceland's residents speak English. Why then, did the narrator have/use a British accent? That was very disconcerting and disappointing.

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- Dale

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios