Helga Finnsdottir Book I
By Snorri Kristjansson
First came Scandi-crime and Nordic Noir - now it's time for Viking Crime! Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There's nothing quite like family . . .
'A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life' says Robert Fabbri, author of the bestselling Vespasian series
Everyone loves a family reunion.
He can deny it all he likes, but everyone knows Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson brought home a great chest of gold when he retired from the longboats and settled down with Hildigunnur in a remote valley. Now, in the summer of 970, adopted daughter Helga is awaiting the arrival of her unknown siblings: dark, dangerous Karl, lithe, clever Jorunn, gentle Aslak, henpecked by his shrewish wife, and the giant Bjorn, made bitter by Volund, his idiot son.
And they're coming with darkness in their hearts.
The siblings gather, bad blood simmers and old feuds resurface as Unnthor's heirs make their moves on the old man's treasure - until one morning Helga is awakened by screams. Blood has been shed: kin has been slain.
No one confesses, but all the clues point to one person - who cannot possibly be the murderer, at least in Helga's eyes. But if she's going to save the innocent from the axe and prevent more bloodshed, she's got to solve the mystery - fast . . .
Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There's nothing quite like family . . .
Snorri Kristjansson was born in Iceland and is a writer and a teacher, as well as a stand-up comedian, actor and musician. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his artist wife. The Valhalla Saga, his Viking fantasy series, and The Helga Finnsdottir books, his Viking historical/crime series, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books.
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08 Mar 2018
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For lovers of the Vikings TV series and Lindsey Davies alike. Helga Finnsdottir is the Flavia Alba of the Viking world. A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life. I look forward to reading more — Robert Fabbri, author of the bestselling Vespasian series
For Vikings done right, come to Snorri Kristjansson — Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister
Truly entertaining: a new and original Nordic Noir voice — Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series
Praise Odin, it's a terrific mystery! With Viking family values and a sharp-witted heroine, Snorri Kristjansson delivers a first-rate chronicle of intrigue and murder — Stephen Gallagher, bestselling author of Red, Red Robin
Kristjansson's sprawling cast of colorful characters and eye for historical detail lend this story gratifying verisimilitude — Publishers Weekly on Swords of Good Men
Kristjansson has really outdone himself . . . Bring on the next, I am hooked — The Book Plank on Blood Will Follow
Fans of David Gemmell's work should feel right at home with this one — Starburst on Swords of Good Men
Kristjansson takes the reader along at a breakneck speed, and it doesn't let up until the final very end — Historical Novel Society on Swords of Good Men
An action-filled book with a heart stopping plot and adrenaline fuelled battle scenes. 10 stars — Fantasy Faction on Swords of Good Men
Make sure you are at the front to see with what he will come up with next. I sure will be — The Book Plank on The Valhalla Saga