Will Dean’s debut novel elevates the Scandi noir genre with an interesting protagonist, plenty of suspense, and a shocking conclusion.
Detective Hulda Hermannsdóttir is tasked with investigating the mysterious death of a young woman on the isolated island of Elliðaey during a weekend getaway with old friends. She soon discovers that this group have seen tragedy before, and begins to question if the shocking murder of one of their friend’s ten years ago is connected with this new case.
Toby’s perfect life is brutally interrupted when a seemingly random burglary leaves him physically and mentally traumatised. When he gets the devastating news that his beloved Uncle Hugo is dying, he decides to move into his childhood summer home, The Ivy House, to care for him and recoup himself. But when his nephew discovers a human skull in the wych elm at the bottom of the garden, Toby is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his idyllic teenage summers at The Ivy House.
An ambitious detective and suspended Europol investigator are thrown together with the task of solving a horrific murder of a young woman in Copenhagen. The brutality of the crime assures the pair that this is far from a normal case, but their expectations are even further shaken when they find a mysterious doll made of chestnuts hanging near the body – a chestnut doll that links the murder to the missing daughter of a politician; a case which was supposedly solved a year ago.
When Elspeth McGillicuddy is the only witness to a brutal murder-for which not even a body is in evidence-it takes all of Miss Marple’s remarkable ingenuity to discover the key to a secret which lies buried within a decaying country house.
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.