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‘For Vikings done right, come to Snorri Kristjansson’ Mark Lawrence, author of Red Sister

After five years on the road, Helga has finally settled near King Eirik’s court in Uppsala, where she’s well-regarded as a healer. She’s even in a relationship, of sorts.

But life is about to get a bit more exciting, for King Eirik has summoned all those who owe him fealty to the King’s Council and tempers are already flaring. The body of an unknown boy is found near the river, but with delegations from all over the country arriving and rumours of an imminent attack, there are more important things to attend to than the death of a nobody . . .

Only Helga suspects murder, until a second body makes it clear that someone is intent on breaking up the King’s Council – and that a traitor walks among them . . .


A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life. For lovers of the Vikings TV series and Lindsey Davies alike. I look forward to more of Helga Finnsdottir
Robert Fabbri, author of the bestselling Vespasian series, on Kin
Truly entertaining: a new and original Nordic Noir voice
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series, on Kin
An exciting new voice. With his Viking mystery, Snorri has created a new and interesting sub-genre of Icelandic noir
Ragnar Jonasson on Kin
For Vikings done right, come to Snorri Kristjansson
Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister
Praise Odin, it's a terrific mystery! With Viking family values and a sharp-witted heroine, Snorri Kristjansson delivers a first-rate chronicle of intrigue and murder
Stephen Gallagher, bestselling author of Red, Red Robin on Kin
An entertaining and claustrophobic tale of familial tension and murder
SciFiNow on Kin
The start of an interesting crime series
Book Worm Mum on Kin
Timeless and universal . . . It will be interesting to see where Kristjansson's imagination takes his beguiling heroine next
Starburst on Kin
The remote setting of Viking village, the historical period and Helga's character are very refreshing
The Book Bag on Kin
If the combination of Vikings, mystery and murder sound good, then this is the book for you . . . If you're in a Scandi-noir mood, and willing to leap back through the centuries, then this is a book which will reward a reading; I, for one, look forward to the further adventures of Helga Finnsdottir
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews on Kin
I was completely swept away . . . couldn't put it down . . . completely beguiling . . . I would definitely have no hesitation in recommending this and I look forward to seeing where Helga's adventures lead us to next
Lynn's Book Blog on Kin
This series is set to be a huge success not least because its leading lady is one of the smartest and funniest you will encounter
The Madwoman in the Attic on Kin
It had everything I look for in a book . . . I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries / crime stories with a sprinkle of Norse mythology and who enjoys reading stories full of flawed characters
Unfiltered Tales on Kin
Compelling reading
The Gin Book Club
A fantastic introduction . . . An enjoyable read with a good sense of suspense and an intriguing backdrop
The Little Book Owl on Kin
Kristjansson has an evocative style that is easy to get caught up in. If you've not already discovered these books, and you enjoy your crime fiction historic in nature, I heartily recommend checking them out
The Eloquent Page on Council
A standout item . . . Top notch
Weekend Sport on Council
Compelling blend of historical fiction and crime mystery
Bibliosanctum on KIN
A highly readable Viking family murder, with an engaging heroine and convincing historical detail. Recommended
Promoting Crime on Kin
Council's depiction of Viking life, practices and Norse mythology is its strength . . . [it] brings something to the table which will appeal to readers of different genres. If you don't like historical fiction, you'll be swayed by the crime twist and if you don't like crime, the Viking setting may keep you reading. Either way it's a battle won
Crime Fiction Lover on Council

The Helga Finnsdottir Mysteries