The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

The Shadow District - Arnaldur Indriðason
The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

Icelandic crime writer Arnaldur Indriðason introduces us to two new pairs of investigators: Icelandic detective Flóvent and first generation Canadian Thorson who’s serving in the American military police come with a historical setting – we’re in Iceland in World War II when it is under occupation by British and then American forces; in the present, we meet retired Reykjavik detective Kónrad and, occasionally, his former colleague Marta.

The murder of an old man in the present triggers an investigation with connections back to Kónrad’s childhood in Reykjavik’s Shadow District and the discovery of the body of a young woman in the same area in 1944, whose murder was investigated by Flóvent and Thorson.

If you’re missing Erlender, try this! It’s the first in a new series. So far, so good.

Publisher page: The Shadow District – Arnaldur Indriðason

A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

A Body in the Bath House - Lindsey Davis
A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

With toddler Julia and new baby Sosia Favonia in tow, Falco and Helena travel to Britannia where Falco has been tasked with sorting out a building project over spend and over run – we know the site as Fishbourne Palace. So it’s worth it in the end.

Sister Maia finds herself with them too, as a result of some subterfuge by Helena in cahoots with Petro, both concerned by what spurned admirer Anacrites might be plotting.

And given the Bath House theme, don’t be surprised at who Falco finds loitering in Britannia …

Author page: A Body in the Bath House – Lindsey Davis

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund
History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

Minnesota teen’s account of the summer she looked after a four year old boy, Paul, who dies of cerebral oedema, his Christian Scientist parents, in particular his scientist father Leo, refusing to seek medical help.

(And no, I didn’t read this in a matter of hours on 19 May – I’d almost finished it before heading up to Penrith on Friday and needed to take a longer read with me… hence When Breath Becomes Air.)

Publisher page: History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund