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‘For Vikings done right, come to Snorri Kristjansson’ – Mark Lawrence

Truly entertaining’ – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life’ – Robert Fabbri

Everyone loves a family reunion.

970: For the first time since Helga was adopted, her family will be gathered in one place. But her siblings are coming with darkness in their hearts.

Everyone knows their father, the Viking warlord Unnthor Reginsson, has a great chest of gold hidden somewhere on his land – and each of his heirs is determined to find it.

Then one morning Helga is awakened by screams. Blood has been shed. Kin has been slain.

All the clues point to one person – who cannot possibly be the murderer, at least in Helga’s eyes. But if she’s going to save an innocent from the axe, she’s got to solve the mystery – fast . . .

Lies. Manipulation. Murder. There’s nothing quite like family . . .


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
For lovers of the Vikings TV series and Lindsey Davies alike. Helga Finnsdottir is the Flavia Alba of the Viking world. A dark mystery in a dark age brought vividly to life. I look forward to reading more
Robert Fabbri, author of the bestselling Vespasian series
Truly entertaining: a new and original Viking Noir voice
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, author of the Thóra Gudmundsdóttir series
For Vikings done right, come to Snorri Kristjansson
Mark Lawrence, bestselling author of Red Sister
An exciting new voice. With his Viking mystery, Snorri has created a new and interesting sub-genre of Icelandic noir
Ragnar Jonasson
An entertaining and claustrophobic tale of familial tension and murder
If you're a fan of crime fiction and enjoy a bit of added history, then I would suggest you look no further than Kin. When it comes to murder you want to be kept guessing right up till the last and Kin does that and more
The Eloquent Page
The start of an interesting crime series
Book Worm Mum
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
The remote setting of Viking village, the historical period and Helga's character are very refreshing
The Book Bag
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
A new style read that is gripping, enjoyable and easily accessible . . . I, for one, look forward to continuing Helga's adventures . . . Kin will appeal to fans of crime, thrillers, mystery and historical fiction and is well worth a read
The Tattooed Book Geek
Well written, descriptive and well-paced and is a very enjoyable read . . . Helga could become an insightful Dark Age sleuth. Well met! Helga Finnsdottir
Mature Times
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
It has been a very long time since I finished a book in a day. But today everything came together, and it also helped that I could not put the book down . . . So if you like crime, read it. If you are a historical fan, read it. If you just like a good story (like we all do!) then well duh, this is a must read. Oh it was just so good! I truly enjoyed this one
Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
I loved Kin and the ending just made my head spin with its cleverness and impact . . . I can't wait to read even more of Helga Finnsdottir's adventures
A Fantastical Librarian
Kin is well paced and skilfully plotted, with a strong sense of everyday life at the time . . . I suspect this will not be the last Viking noir novel we see
The Times
As I read Kin, I kept thinking of friends and family who I wanted to share it with, fans of murder mysteries, fans of character driven stories, fans of historical fiction. This book would appeal to all of them . . . With such an interesting group of characters, I found myself returning to the book frequently. It was a fun read, and I'd recommend it
Blog in Basket
Timeless and universal . . . It will be interesting to see where Kristjansson's imagination takes his beguiling heroine next
Viking Crime could very well be my new favourite crime! Plenty of twists and turns which really will keep you guessing. A great read for any crime or historical fiction fan that I would highly recommend
Kelly is Reading
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
A fantastic introduction . . . An enjoyable read with a good sense of suspense and an intriguing backdrop
The Little Book Owl
Compelling reading
The Gin Book Club
An entertaining tale of family tensions and murder . . . Kristjansson writes vividly (you can feel the heat, smell blood, hear Norse Gods) and with passion
Nordic Noir Blog
A thumbs up from me for the familial conflict, and the generally entertaining conniving women and wonderfully Neanderthal male characters
Raven Crime Reads
This is an extremely well written murder mystery with echoes to Poirot and Sherlock but set within the Viking era . . . I am delighted that there will be another one
Fantasy Guide
A highly readable Viking family murder, with an engaging heroine and convincing historical detail. Recommended
Promoting Crime
Kin is a dark sumptuous, lively tale, which delves beneath the veneer of family blood ties. All families have secrets, betrayals that erupt into arguments and spite. Slights nurtured and fanned until they flare into feuds. Kristjansson weaves a riveting journey as the mystery unfurls with tantalising timing
The Book Bag
A highly readable Viking family murder, with an engaging heroine and convincing historical detail. Recommended
Promoting Crime
I greatly enjoyed the story's compelling blend of historical fiction and crime mystery . . . Helga Finnsdottir was a joy
The BiblioSanctum

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