Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson

Ari Thór was passed up for a promotion at the remote police station in Siglufjordur in Northern Iceland, but he still performs his duties and enjoys his job even though he hasn’t warmed up to his new superior Inspector Herjólfur. Ari Thór is out with the flu when Herjólfur’s wife calls wondering if Ari Thór knows where he might be. The Inspector is found at an abandoned building near the old tunnel critically injured from a close range shotgun blast. He isn’t expected to make it and all of Iceland is following the investigation closely since this is the first time a police officer has ever been shot in the country’s history.

The story takes place five years after Snowblind but readers don’t need to be familiar with the first book to enjoy this entry to the series. This one will keep you guessing, even if you are a regular reader of mysteries. There are two stories being told, one is a diary from the past, the other is the investigation. I am not ashamed to admit that it took me a LONG time to figure out the author of the diary; a big reason I liked this book so much.

I am proud to say I enjoyed Jólabókaflóð, the Icelandic book holiday, the right way this year reading this book into the night with some hot cocoa on Christmas Eve. Save this one for a cold winter’s night, at a little over 200 pages it’s a quick and engaging mystery.