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.
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| A map of the Breidafjordur in Iceland. || The author on the island in 1957. || A local cleaning seal pups after the hunt. |
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| The oldest and smallest library in Iceland (est. 1836) is located on the island of Flatey, behind the church. || Flatey's tiny library is where the facsimile of the Book of Flatey is housed. || Inside the library. |
"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)