Books published by Orenda Books
When a feckless single mother goes missing it is assumed that she has committed suicide. But then a decomposed body is found seven months later hidden on the lava fields of the west coast of Iceland and police officers Emma and Saevar find themselves heading up a gruesome murder investigation.
Reviewed on 26 March 2022 by Viv Beeby
Insurance mathematician Henri Koskinen unexpectedly loses his secure job and then inherits an adventure park from his brother. He has to deal with his brother’s huge debts, some nasty criminals, strange park employees and something that might be love.
Reviewed on 19 February 2022 by Ewa Sherman
Nina, a literature professor at the University of Bergen, decides to turn her analytical skills to criminal investigation when Mari, a tenant from the family’s second home, suddenly disappears, especially as this happens shortly after she visited the property.
Reviewed on 24 July 2021 by Ewa Sherman
When a bomb rips through the centre of Oslo as the clock strikes in a New Year, police officer Alexander Blix and journalist Emma Ramm are both at the scene. And so begins a new investigation and a ten-year-old mystery to solve for this unlikely partnership ...
Reviewed on 22 May 2021 by Viv Beeby
As snow gently falls on the northernmost town in Iceland, a young girl falls to her death from a balcony on the main street. And when an old man in the local nursing home writes 'she was murdered' on the wall of his room Police Inspector Ari Thor Arason has a puzzling case on his hands.
Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by Viv Beeby
Frank Frølich works as a private detective after being suspended from duty with Oslo Police. He takes on an assignment to find the missing sister of a young immigrant woman who is just about to be deported to her home country. He also gets involved in searching for an eyewitness from a ferry disaster 30 years ago.
Reviewed on 16 January 2021 by Ewa Sherman
A meteorite lands near a small village in northern Finland and is placed in the local war museum before its journey to London for analysis. Pastor Joel Huhta volunteers to keep watch there at night but immediately realises that various people want to steal the precious rock.
Reviewed on 11 April 2020 by Ewa Sherman
When bounty hunter Lori Anderson is offered a deal by the boss of the Miami Mob, she has little choice but to agree, as to turn it down would put a price on her family’s heads, as well as her own. She has to snatch someone from FBI custody. No pressure, then.
Reviewed on 30 November 2019 by Linda Wilson
In 1942 Jewish courier Ester is betrayed in Oslo but manages to escape the Norwegian Gestapo. In Sweden she meets resistance hero Gerhard Falkum, but their tentative relationship is cut short when he dies in a fire. Yet 25 years later he suddenly reappears.
Reviewed on 09 November 2019 by Ewa Sherman
Public prosecutor Chastity Riley and Detective Chief Inspector Ivo Stepanovic meet when they are called to investigate a horrendous case of a naked and tortured man left in a case outside an office of Germany’s biggest magazines where’s he been working.
Reviewed on 12 October 2019 by Ewa Sherman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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