Frozen Assets by Quentin Bates
Officer Gunnhildur Gisladottir left the Reykjavik force years ago for a quiet fishing village of Hvalvik after a family tragedy. Suddenly Hvalvik is not so quiet. A man is found dead, floating off one of the docks. Immediately it is assumed he was drunk, fell in the water and drowned. Yes, the autopsy shows he was drunk, but he was so drunk he couldn’t have possibly driven the kilometers from the capital. And if he did manage to drive where is his car? Gunnhildur is sure that he was murdered and starts an investigation into getting a description of the car that could have delivered her body to her village. Her digging results in finding out about more “accidental” deaths. Could a multiple murderer be in Iceland?
This is a well crafted Icelandic mystery set in 2008 at the beginnings of the financial crisis in the country. The politics didn’t overwhelm the plot, but became an integral part of the investigation. Gunna looks like she’s going to be taking a job in Reykjavik which would allow the author to continue a police centered series. Crime doesn’t much happen outside the capital in that country. Looking forward to reading the next entry.