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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)
Not a gripping presentation, but this is a fine novel about a place and culture that is very unfamiliar to Americans. If you're looking for high excitement, look elsewhere. Read morePublished 7 days ago by David Y. Miller
Ingolfsson is a master story teller, and The Flatey Enigma is a fascinating, intelligent mystery. The author very effectively creates for us the small island of Flatey -- its... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Robin
A well written translation of a danish-Icelandic etc novel. I enjoyed it and will look forward to further works.Published 1 month ago by Francis P. Salvatore
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 1 month 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 2 months ago by viking
Interesting insight but not so interesting characters. Emotionless.Published 2 months 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.