Review: Thin Ice by Quentin Bates – Blog Tour


Welcome to my day on the Thin Ice Blog Tour. I was totally chuffed to be asked to review Thin Ice for the blog.

Thin Ice will be published on 3rd March 2016 by Constable.

Here is a little bit about the novel to whet your appetite

Snowed in with a couple of psychopaths for the winter…
When two small-time crooks rob Reykjavik’s premier drugs dealer, hoping for a quick escape to the sun, their plans start to unravel after their getaway driver fails to show. Tensions mount between the pair and the two women they have grabbed as hostages when they find themselves holed upcountry in an isolated hotel that has been mothballed for the season.
Back in the capital, Gunnhildur, Eiríkur and Helgi find themselves at a dead end investigating what appear to be the unrelated disappearance of a mother, her daughter and their car during a day’s shopping, and the death of a thief in a house fire.
Gunna and her team are faced with a set of riddles but as more people are quizzed it begins to emerge that all these unrelated incidents are in fact linked. And at the same time, two increasingly desperate lowlifes have no choice but to make some big decisions on how to get rid of their accidental hostages…

My thoughts on Thin Ice

Thin Ice is a wonderful introduction to Quentin Bates’ Gunnhildur Mystery series. It is book five in the series, but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone. As I have a soft spot for Icelandic crime, I was very keen to get stuck in.

Ossur and Magni are criminals and find themselves on the run, from a gangster called Alli the Cornershop, with a massive stash of cash. They steal a car, taking two women hostage. These are mother and daughter, Erna and Tinna. Getting away from Rekyavik, they end up holed up in a closed isolated hotel for several days. Gunna from the Reykavik CID is on the case with her team. Will she find the missing Erna and Tinna? Will Alli the Cornershop catch up with them?

The story offers one of my favourite scenarios. We get a small number of characters, in an isolated location and a growing sense of tension. Gunna’s interviews people who know Erna and Tinna, so we soon get a real sense of their ability to cope in a hostage situation. The most fascinating part is watching the slow moving drama in the hotel and seeing the interaction between the four very different characters. There is an acute sense of anticipation. Something is bound to happen, mostly because of the unpredictability of Ossur. Ossur is one highly dangerous man, with a gun.

This is one of those crime reads that is perfect for a relaxing Sunday. The pace is just right and I found myself captivated by the escalating drama. There is a lovely ending, that was not entirely unexpected. It made me smile!

Fabulous! Worth a read if you are a fan of Ragnar Jonasson and Icelandic crime.


Say hello to Quentin Bates on Twitter – link

Author website

And please check out the rest of the Thin Ice Blog Tour!

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About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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One Response to Review: Thin Ice by Quentin Bates – Blog Tour

  1. Kay says:

    I read the first book in this series and liked it very much. I need to continue because Gunna the Cop is a great character. 🙂

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