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Dead Sweet

My extended thanks to Anne Cater, for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Orenda Books are always – for me – a publisher who I can rely on to produce excellent books, time after time. Written by Katrín Júlíusdóttir debut Dead Sweet has already won awards in native Iceland.


Atmospheric, deeply unsettling and full of breakneck twists and turns, Dead Sweet is a startling debut thriller that uncovers a terrifying world of financial crime, sinister cults and disturbing secret lives, and kicks off a mind-blowing new series.


When the body of Óttar Karlsson, a wealthy and respected government official and businessman, is found murdered, after failing to turn up at his own surprise birthday party, the police are at a loss and have no idea what this will lead to.

Our Author – Katrín Júlíusdóttir has a political background and was a member of the Icelandic parliament from 2003 until 2016. Before she was elected to parliament, Katrín was an advisor and project manager at a tech company and a senior buyer and CEO in the retail sector. She worked from a young age in the fishing industry, was a store clerk and also worked the night shift at a pizza restaurant. She studied anthropology and has an MBA from Reykjavík University. Katrín’s debut novel Dead Sweet received the Blackbird Award and was an Icelandic bestseller upon publication. She is married to critically acclaimed author Bjarni M. Bjarnason, who encouraged her to start writing. They have four boys and live in Garðabær.

My review – Dead Sweet

When Óttar’s body is found on a desolate beach, his mysterious death soon has local police questioning everything.

Young Sigurdís desperately wants to be part of the investigation, but after a previous incident she had to prove herself to her boss, Garõar and her colleagues.

When she finds a safe in Óttar’s flat that contains a lot of documents that seemingly point to business and bank transactions, and a phone number she needs to keep digging. Her instincts keep wanting to lead her to the phone number she found.

The investigation takes time and not least due to the fact Óttar though a public figure, was very careful not to publicise his private life. Though well known, he doesn’t have many friends which makes it much harder to gain information about his life. Even Óttar’s fiancée Erla feels like she didn’t know him after these revelations surrounding the documents and the fortune he has amassed by buying companies on the verge of collapse, by getting an old friend to be the public face of the business. That then went on to do well and make money.

Sigurís’s home life also give her sleepless nights. Her father coming back into her life after many years of estrangement, for good reason makes her push forward to look after and support her family.

Anyone else would give in, but the character of Sigurís is a fighter, a woman who does not back down an independent force of nature. She is no quitter. I like her and really want to see how her she develops – more please Katrín!!

Dead Sweet is a truly brilliant police procedural, with a domestic noir twist. Thrilling plot, great characters and the Icelandic heritage and backgrounds are a delight.

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