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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)
This is a well-written and interesting novel. But the ending is so routine and dull, that mystery lovers may find it a waste of time. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ramsey Campbell
I have Icelandic grandparents - one who come to America and one who stayed in Iceland. I have visited Iceland twice and love the people and the country is beautiful. Read morePublished 14 days ago by viking
Interesting insight but not so interesting characters. Emotionless.Published 16 days ago by N. Bahr
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 3 months ago by Amazon Customer