A Reykjavik Murder Mystery

Publisher: Vintage Canada
The latest installment in the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award–winning Reykjavik Murder Mystery series.

One cold autumn night, a woman is found hanging from a beam in her summer cottage. At first sight it appears to be a straightforward case of suicide; the woman, María, had never recovered from the loss of her mother two years earlier and had a history of depression. But when Karen, the friend who found her body, approaches Erlendur and gives him the tape of a séance that María had attended, his curiosity is aroused.

Driven by a need to find answers, Erlendur embarks on an unofficial investigation to find out why the woman’s life ended in such an abrupt and tragic manner. At the same time, he is haunted by the unresolved cases of two young people who went missing thirty years before, and, inevitably, his discoveries raise ghosts from his own past.

From the Hardcover edition.


The emergency line received a call from a mobile phone shortly after midnight. An agitated female voice cried:
'She's . . . María's killed herself . . . I . . . it's horrible . . . horrible!'
'What's your name, please?'
'Ka – Karen.'
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A Sunday Times Crime Novel of the Year

"If you haven't already discovered this superb series set in Reykjavik, this is the book to begin with.... Indriðason is one of the best of the new European authors coming into English, right up there with Henning Mankell and Karen Fossum."
— The Globe and Mail

"Indriðason combines psychological acuteness with great stylistic economy and a pleasing pace."
— The Independent

"A blood-chilling reflection on the good and bad sides of human nature."
— The Sunday Times

"The descriptions of Iceland's stunning crystalline landscape are lyrical and the overall storyline thoughtful and original."
— Daily Mail

From the Hardcover edition.