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The Icelandic Isle of Flatey (Click on thumbnails for larger images)
Situated in the middle of Iceland’s Breidafjordur, a large shallow bay encircled by mountains and glaciers, the island of Flatey was a center of Icelandic cultural life in the 13th Century when the medieval manuscript the Flateyjarbók, or Book of Flatey, was constructed. A sparsely populated island that subsisted on seal meat, fishing, and the harvesting of down, author Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson spent his summers on the island as a child and it is this familiarity with the island’s peculiarities, remoteness, and harsh winter climate that made it the perfect setting for his gripping thriller about a series of murders with a mysterious connection to an enigmatic riddle written around the island’s Book of Flatey. Take a peek at the scenery of Flatey below.
"Spiced up with colorful characters, their fallacies and superstitions, the book is a joy to read with the solution to the mystery being simple yet surprising. Lovers of both crime novels and historical novels will have a field day with The Flatey Enigma as it is a combination of both and I’d also recommend it to those interested in Icelandic culture and the sagas." -- IcelandReview.Com (August 26, 2013)
Boring beyond belief. Spent one year in Iceland (l952-52. Air Force radar) and the time spent reading the book seemed like my
entire year was shorter.
A glimpse into a time and place most of us aren't familiar with but not an easy read.
Story itself is interesting and clever.
This book seemed very slow at the beginning as the author builds a sense of place for the story. The characters seemed a bit uninteresting to me initially although I liked Grimur... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you are a fan of lterature translated to English from another language, you will enjoy this read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Adam
Wow, this was good. I can't wait to read more by this author. Fascinating how the author had life and literature reflect each other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mirau
I found the physical descriptions of the islands enthralling.Published 2 months ago by Linda Martin Berke
Really enjoyed this book, with its clear description of life n Icelandic islands,... and the mystery of the old Norse/Icelandic sagas thrown in.Published 2 months ago by John A. Battaglino