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Winterlude [Kindle Edition]

Quentin Bates
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It's a bitter winter morning when Sergeant Gunnhildur is called to the scene of a violent killing in an abandoned industrial unit. Gunna and her sidekick Helgi quickly find that the battered victim had no shortage of enemies.

The case takes Gunna around Reykjavík's darker side and Helgi to the bleak rural district he grew up in as they work out who was prepared to take a grudge as far as murder.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 286 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (17 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN2KHE4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Quentin Bates dates back to the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis and was brought up in the south of England. In the year that Margaret Thatcher became Britain's Prime Minister, he was offered the opportunity to spend a gap year working in Iceland and jumped at the chance of escape.

The gap year turned into a gap decade, during which he worked as a netmaker, factory hand and trawlerman, started a family and generally went native.

'Back in England, I worked as a truck driver, teacher, fisherman and as a freelance journalist writing about nautical stuff, while gradually spending less and less time at sea. I've always been a big reader, and that's when writing started to take over.'

For the last fifteen years Quentin has been a full-time journalist as a feature writer for an obscure nautical trade magazine, a dream job for anyone who gets a kick out of visiting industrial estates and tiny harbours miles from anywhere.

'I go to Iceland a couple of times a year, either alone or with my wife, both for work and just to spend some time there. I keep a close eye on what's happening in other home. The events of 2008 surrounding the financial crisis in Iceland were engrossing, to say the least, especially viewed at close quarters.'

Gunnhildur and the book that became Frozen Out (Frozen Assets) grew out of a university writing course that enabled Quentin to take an afternoon off work once a week.

'I've always seen fiction as a mug's game. There's so much competition and the odds against becoming published are so slim that I had to give it a try. With the backdrop of the financial crisis taking place in Iceland that some of us had seen coming - sooner or later - there was just too much material to not do it.'

Literary agent Peter Buckman of the Ampersand Agency saw the initial drafts of Frozen Out, offered advice and encouragement, and had sold English and German language rights to two books within a matter of weeks.

Frozen Out (Frozen Assets in the US), Cold Comfort and Chilled to the Bone are published by C&R Crime in the UK and by Soho in the US. German translations are published by Lübbe and Dutch versions by Karakter. A short e-book, Winterlude, was published earlier this year.

Find me at www.graskeggur.com or at www.facebook.com/graskeggur

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Winterlude 5 May 2013
By Annette
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Ended abruptly. Was waiting for twist in tale that never came. Turned the page only to discover story was finished.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if almost predictable 16 April 2013
By G Moore
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Enjoyable murder mystery set in Iceland. The character of Helgi features prominently in this police procedural novel. Did guess the murderer long before the end though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 April 2013
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Good plot. Well constructed and well written. Need to suspend disbelief at times, but a good read for all that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fine reading 13 Mar 2014
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As always with this writer all starts very well and them is a race to finish the book, an anticlimax.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short novella 20 Dec 2013
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read this after the first in the series, but not sure I got the whole book downloaded properly. if this is it, it's certainly not as good, the crafting is much poorer, the structure is all over the place. enjoyAble more as a short story perhaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warm relationshi[p in a cold country 30 Sep 2013
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Like the author I know Iceland quite well but, unlike him, have considerable difficulty in remembering Icelandic names. (In all his books I have had to write down the name and brief description as each character is introduced in order to remember who they are as the story unfolds.) I've fallen in love with Gunna - that characterful, intelligent, efficient, brave, and very human investigator and manager of men. I so hope that Quentin Bates has not yet run out of ideas for new stories that put her back on her stage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winterlude by Quentin Bates 8 Mar 2013
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One of the better 'quick reads' that I have read. The story is well written and I read it in two sessions. Cannot wait for 'Chilled to the Bone' due out in April 2013.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 19 Mar 2014
By Janf
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This book moves along at a good pace and has interesting characters at its core. Not as dark as other 'Nordic' novels, it may still appeal to lovers of the other popular crime writers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series
I have read all the books in this series so far and really enjoy them. I enjoy the setting and the
charcters are well drawn and easy to relate to and the plots are good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cazz
4.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic detective stories
This was a refreshing book, giving a good impression of an unusual setting. The story moved along in an interesting way,leaving one with a firm impression of a totally different... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Sparkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I've enjoyed all the Gunnhilder Mystery Series and the 4th instalment has left me wanting more. A dramatic story set against the harsh and chilly backdrop of Iceland.
Published 3 months ago by Miss S M Broadbent
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
sometimes I find books by authors from an other country difficult to follow but I think basically I enjoyed this story.
Published 4 months ago by Ella
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A thrilling story authentically set in the fascinating landscape of Iceland. The writer continues his series of books in a high standard. I look forward to reading the next one.
Published 5 months ago by Simon R
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting used to the Icelandic names
this is the third book by Quentin Bates I have enjoyed -one can feel the atmosphere of Iceland and having Scandinavian connections I can enjoy the characters , good to have a woman... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AP Mcgilvery-davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Icelandic mystery series.
This is a good well written book. Very well thought out. I have read the previous 3 books in this series and would highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by speedy gonzales
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE WHOLE SERIES
THIS IS BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN WITH GREAT CHARACTERS AND BELIEVABLE STORY LINES. VERY EVOCATIVE SETTINGS. IT IS JUST A GREAT READ.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Icelandic murder mysteries
I really enjoyed the book, as Gunnhilder is an interesting, humourous detective, and the icelandic element adds a lot, it is bleak with the story set to the background of the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by I. Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Apart from a disappointingly sudden ending this was an enjoyable read. Until the last few pages I would have given it four stars. Read more
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