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Technically a crime novel, there isn't actually a crime but a series of mishaps and misadventures with a rich and suspicious caste. OK so some of the links are a little stretched.
The story revolves around the Flatey Book, a valuable volume of old Norse tales found on an island off Iceland and taken to Denmark. A group of students create a puzzle around the contents and a mythology surrounds this puzzle which implies death to those who do not follow the rules.
A body is found on an island close to Flatey and this is discovered to be that of an eminent scholar from Denmark who had been working on the puzzle. A magistrate comes from the mainland to investigate and his past is tied up to that of the local doctor and a journalist from Reykjavik who is later found dead in a ritualised way. The clues to the puzzle are worked through at the end of each chapter and it is an interesting aside to get glimpses of the sagas.
The story is not that gripping - you would be wrong to read it as a thriller - what is amazing is the glimpse of a completely vanished culture. Obviously it is fiction, but one has to suppose it is based on research. The years before the 1960s are a foreign country even in the UK, and that period in a small island off Iceland even more so.
Somebody mentioned two other books in this series and I shall have a look.
The death of an academic on an isolated, uninhabited island and a reporter on the tiny island of Flatey are tied in with The Flatey manuscript - an illuminated manuscript of Icelandic sagas and the author intertwines cleverly stories from the sagas and the deaths and their investigation. Although the story proceeds at a leisurely pace it is gripping and i found it difficult to put down because not only did I want to reach the denouement but I also enjoyed the writing so much.
I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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