In keeping with my current fascination with things Nordic, I am working my way through the detective mystery novels of Iceland’s Arnaldur Indridason. His moody Inspector Erlunder methodically works through solving new crimes and at the same time is driven by his tragic past to figure out mysterious cold case disappearances. The crimes are believable, precipitated as much by the challenging environment and weather of Iceland as well as very human problems. On the lighter side, I was amused to learn the small cultural details like the phone book is arranged by first name and Sheep’s Head is like a fast food. Start with Jar City. For atmospheric mysteries read Donna Leon’s series in Venice and Henning Mankell’s Wallander series. Watch actor Kenneth Branagh bring his acting “angst” to Wallander on DVD.
- Carolyn, Information Services