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Sonja is tucked away in Florida with her young son and hopes that she has escaped her violent ex-husband who also manipulated her into smuggling cocaine. But soon the idyll is shattered as she’s forced back to Iceland, pushed into more drug trafficking, and forbidden from seeing her son.

Reviewed on 01 May 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Palm Beach Finland

Top undercover detective Jan Nyman travels from Helsinki to a newly established holiday resort, Palm Beach Finland, to investigate a murder and the main suspect Olivia Koski in whose house the victim was found.

Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Ewa Sherman


A young gay man Sam and a recovering heroin addict Anne are connected through the world of drugs and revenge in Deptford. They must deal with the consequences of other people’s deeds that affect their own existence.

Reviewed on 13 April 2019 by Ewa Sherman


Sam Shepard, the only policewoman in the small rural town of Mataura, New Zealand, investigates the death of a young mother Gaby Knowes. Apparent suicide was in fact a murder, and the victim was married to Sam’s ex-boyfriend. Sam finds herself the main suspect and suspended from duty but decides to find the killer anyway and clear her name.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Ewa Sherman

Big Sister

Bergen’s PI Varg Veum is approached by a woman who introduces herself as his older half-sister and who wants him to find her missing goddaughter. The search for 19-year-old Emma takes Veum on a personal journey into the past.

Reviewed on 08 December 2018 by Ewa Sherman


Famous actress Julianne Bell is abducted in circumstances that are just like murders committed ten years earlier – a case that was believed to have been solved. Then a similar murder is reported in Sweden. Was the wrong man arrested or is there a new copycat killer on the loose.

Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by John Barnbrook


Henning is determined to discover who killed his son. But his determination will cost him dearly.

Reviewed on 15 September 2018 by Kati Barr-Taylor

The Ice Swimmer

When a man’s body is discovered in the freeing waters of Oslo harbour, city detectives Gunnarstanda and Stigersand face a very complicated case, leading them into the murky world of political secrets.

Reviewed on 18 August 2018 by Ewa Sherman


Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of a deserted village. Siglufjörður’s detective Ari Thór and his former boss Tómas investigate whether she jumped, or whether something more sinister or supernatural happened to her.

Reviewed on 21 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman


Investigative journalist Scott King delves into a family massacre, told by the killer and five witnesses, through six podcasts.

Reviewed on 07 July 2018 by Ewa Sherman

The Man Who Died

Jaakko Kaunismaa, a successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, is told that he’s been poisoned and hence on the verge of death. He decides to find his own murderer.

Reviewed on 09 June 2018 by Ewa Sherman

We Were the Salt of the Sea

Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, relocating from Montreal to a seaside village, is assigned the death of a local woman who sailed home after years away.

Reviewed on 24 May 2018 by Chris Roberts

Maria in the Moon

Catherine has a great memory, but she cannot remember what happened when she was nine years old.  She feels desperate to unlock her past to understand herself and those around her.

Reviewed on 12 May 2018 by Ewa Sherman


Sonja survives on a cocktail of cocaine smuggling and love for her young son. Desperate to escape drug barons’ snare and to win full custody of Tomas she must become more daring and entrepreneurial. But things are getting dangerous.

Reviewed on 03 February 2018 by Ewa Sherman


What could be wrong with a spark of chemistry between a mentee and her mentor – other than everything …

Reviewed on 11 November 2017 by Kati Barr-Taylor

Wolves in the Dark

Bergen’s most famous private investigator Varg Veum is accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into jail. Desperate to clear his name, he must unravel his own hazy memories of failed jobs and uncomfortable assignments.

Reviewed on 28 October 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Six Stories

In 1996 teenager Tom Jeffries vanished from an Outward Bound centre. His body was found a year later. In 2017 in a series of podcasts investigative journalist Scott King attempts to discover what really happened.

Reviewed on 14 October 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Dying To Live

A dead bushman is only the first of a series of deaths brought to the attention of Assistant Superintendent ‘Kubu’ Bengu and Detective Samantha Khama.

Reviewed on 30 September 2017 by Chris Roberts

Block 46

Emily Roy, a Quantico-trained officer in the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, currently working with Scotland Yard, becomes involved in a frantic search for a serial killer operating in both England and Sweden.

Reviewed on 16 September 2017 by Arnold Taylor

The Exiled

Finnish police officer Anna Fekete returns to her home town in the former Yugoslavia for a well-deserved summer holiday. But when her handbag and passport are stolen, she realises that there are other deep-rooted reasons why the Romany thief chose to target her.

Reviewed on 19 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman

The Bird Tribunal

TV presenter Allis Hagtorn takes a job as a housekeeper and a gardener in a remote house on an isolated fjord. Her mysterious silent employer establishes strict rules. But as they both await return of his wife from travels, Allis starts making very unsettling discoveries.

Reviewed on 05 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman


When a scalded body of a woman wrapped in plastic is found in a dumpster, Inspector Frank Frølich has to search for the killer – and also to face his private nearly-forgotten demons. 

Reviewed on 02 August 2017 by Ewa Sherman


Crime reporter Henning Juul, scarred emotionally and physically, becomes involved in his ex-wife Nora Klemetsen’s search for a missing woman. The investigation leads them into the sinister past of a very wealthy Norwegian family.

Reviewed on 08 July 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Reconciliation for the Dead

Former SADF paratrooper Claymore Straker returns to South Africa to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and seek absolution for his unwitting part in a horrifying act of inhumanity.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Cleal

Deadly Game

Special Forces soldier-turned-police officer Robert Finlay is seconded to a unit investigating the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe into sex slavery in the UK.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by Linda Wilson

The Mine

Investigative reporter Janne Vuori travels to the north of Finland to uncover the truth about an industrial corruption threatening lives and environment in the area by a nickel mine.

Reviewed on 13 May 2017 by Ewa Sherman

Deep Down Dead

Bounty hunter Lori Anderson has to bring in another fugitive who’s skipped bail. But the first problem is the person she’s after is the man who taught her all she knows about the job. The second problem is that she has to bring him in with her nine-year-old daughter in tow.

Reviewed on 04 March 2017 by Linda Wilson

A Death in the Family

Wilmon Bengu is found murdered but his son detective Kubu isn’t allowed to investigate his father’s death. Kubu goes against his superiors but soon needs to follow a series of murders connected to the Chinese owners of a mining company.

Reviewed on 21 February 2017 by Ewa Sherman


A body of a murdered man is found in a remote location on the shores of a serene fjord in northern Iceland. Young policeman Ari Thór Arason investigates the case while a reporter from Reykjavík escapes the volcanic ash cloud and makes her own enquiries.

Reviewed on 24 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

A Suitable Lie

Andy, a widower and a single dad to a small boy, cannot believe his luck when he meets Anna, full of life and beauty. Their idyll seems complete until the wedding night when a visit to the hospital might be a clue that things could be far from perfect.

Reviewed on 10 December 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Epiphany Jones

Jerry Dresden, deeply troubled and unhappy, is accused of murdering his work colleague and of stealing a Van Gogh painting from the Chicago museum. While on the run he becomes involved with Epiphany, an emotionally damaged young woman who listens to voices from God.

Reviewed on 26 November 2016 by Ewa Sherman

Deadly Harvest

Samantha Khama, a new recruit to Botswana CID, takes the disappearance of young girls seriously, especially when it appears that they may be ending up in traditional medicine for those seeking power.

Reviewed on 01 October 2016 by Chris Roberts

Where Roses Never Die

A violent robbery at an exclusive jewellery shop goes completely wrong. Bergen’s private investigator Varg Veum is asked to look through details of an old case of a missing child. Will he find a connection between these two crimes which happened nearly 25 years apart?

Reviewed on 03 September 2016 by Ewa Sherman


The clash of two cultures has a dramatic impact on the lives of a few selected people close to the centre of events.

Reviewed on 06 August 2016 by Chris Roberts

Wicked Game

Robert Finlay is in his late 40s, and he returns to uniform policing in London. He hopes that his deeply concealed SAS secrets and traumatic experiences will never be revealed. But the past comes to haunt him in the most horrendous way when two of his former colleagues are murdered.

Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Ewa Sherman


In a quiet fishing village in the northern tip of Iceland a police inspector is shot at close range. Ari Thór searches for the clues in the darkness of a long cold winter and in people’s memories.

Reviewed on 27 February 2016 by Ewa Sherman

The Defenceless

A young Pakistani Christian, who fled to Finland to escape persecution, is denied asylum and gets caught in drugs and gangs warfare. An old man in pyjamas is found dead in the road. Detective Anna Fekete investigates whether there could be a connection between the two.

Reviewed on 16 January 2016 by Ewa Sherman


New cop Ari Thor Arason is offered a job in the far north of Iceland. A famous writer dies, a woman is attacked – and the village is cut off by an avalanche with a killer on the loose.

Reviewed on 04 July 2015 by Sharon Wheeler

The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Oil worker Clay Straker is hijacked at gunpoint in Yemen and has to choose between saving his driver and finding out why villagers near the company’s processing plant are falling sick. What he finds puts a price on his head.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler