Tuesday, 10 October 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Lilja Sigurdardóttir

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


for her Snare blog tour

to share her BEST OF CRIME ... 


Arnaldur Indridason is our own Icelandic giant of crime writing. November 1st each year is a date to look forward to, as it is the yearly publishing date of his new book. He writes Icelandic crime with international quality. 

Angel Heart from 1987. The symbolism, the voodoo, the search for self... so good. 

Wire in the Blood, based on Val McDermid´s stories and characters, is a favourite. 

The very talented Tom Ripley, created by Patricia Highsmith.

Pierre Lemaire´s Camille Verhœven. Very short but very clever!

Well, Icelandic queen of crime Yrsa Sigurdardóttir has to own it with the vacuum cleaner. 

Peter James´s horrific and claustrophobic scene in Dead Simple, when a man is buried alive in a coffin, is stuck in my mind. 

www.bizarrepedia.com has all sorts of lists and links to all things bizarre and a collection of true crime blogs.
http://internationalcrimeauthors.com I read for my enjoyment. 

Write a story you love! 

I know I should use the opportunity and name some of the traditional Icelandic foods that horrify the civilized world, like seared sheepshead or fermented shark … but, no. Just coffee! 


Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. Translation rights have been sold in eight countries to date, and film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

Find Lilja Sigurdardottir on her website and on Twitter - @lilja1972


Publisher's description
After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.
Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

A snippet of my review
Snare is fresh and different, raw yet sophisticated with fleshed out characters and beautiful literary writing. This is a very dark yet easy read, with plenty of heart within its pages. 

Read the rest of my review here.

Snare is being published by Orenda Books on 1 October 2017.

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