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Monday 11 June 2018

‘Snare’ by Lilja Sigurdardottir

PBO. Published by Orenda Books,
November 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-910633-80-9

Sonja has been snared into trafficking cocaine, and one last huge delivery will free her, but Bragi, an Icelandic customs officer, is suspicious of this smartly dressed frequent flyer ...

Set in Reykjavik just after Iceland’s banking crash, this novel draws you instantly into the worlds of the main characters. Sonja was divorced by her husband after he found her in bed with another woman, Agla, and he has custody of their son – the reason for Sonja’s desperation to get her life back on track. We also see her fear and loathing of the criminal world she’s trapped in and meet the people who don’t want to let her escape – the tiger scene is particularly haunting.

Bragi is almost at retirement age. His wife, Valdi, has slipped into dementia, and no longer knows him, but he spends every moment he can with her at the nursing home he fears mistreats her – her physical presence and his memories of her are all that’s left of their life together. Agla, Sonja’s lover, is finding it hard to come to terms with being gay, and she’s also under investigation in the banking scandal, along with Sonja’s husband. The plotting is clever, and the tension just keeps ratcheting up. The atmosphere of Iceland post-crash is vividly evoked.

A beautifully-crafted drug-crime novel with a pull-you-in plot and memorable characters. Highly recommended
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor.

Lilja Sigurdardóttir an Icelandic crime-writer  was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.  Marsali also does a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.

Click on the title to read a review of her recent book Death in Shetland Waters

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