If you've been visiting Kittling: Books for any length of time, you know that I'm a huge fan of Ragnar Jónasson's. I love his Hulda trilogy, which set the timeline of the usual crime fiction series on its head. It's obvious that translating all those Agatha Christie mysteries into Icelandic has taught him how to craft a compelling plot. Yes indeed, any time I learn of a new Ragnar Jónasson mystery, it's a cause for celebration, so let me share what I've found out about his next book-- and there will be an added extra at the end!
|Available in US on May 4, 2021!|
"Una is struggling to deal with her father's sudden, tragic suicide. She spends her nights drinking alone in Reykjavik, stricken with thoughts that she might one day follow in his footsteps.
So when she sees an advert seeking a teacher for two girls in the tiny village of Skálar - population of ten - on the storm-battered north coast of the island, she sees it as a chance to escape.
But once she arrives, Una quickly realizes nothing in city life has prepared her for this. The villagers are unfriendly. The weather is bleak. And, from the creaky attic bedroom of the old house where she's living, she's convinced she hears the ghostly sound of singing.
Una worries that she's losing her mind. And then, just before Christmas, there's a murder..."
The Girl Who Died certainly sounds like another atmospheric, claustrophobic story, doesn't it? The book is available in the UK on April 29. Only five days difference between the two release dates means that it will be easier for me to be good and wait for the US release. Besides, there may be a chance of getting an autographed copy from The Poisoned Pen. If you haven't read any of Jónasson's books, I hope you'll give one a try. (Besides his standalones and the Hulda trilogy, he also writes a police procedural series set on the north coast of Iceland.)
And now for the added extra I promised you!
Let's have a Cover-Off!
Hands down, my favorite cover of the two is the US cover. By comparison, the UK cover is absolutely drab and eminently forgettable. What completely floors me is the fact that the US cover has no blurb. None!
But then, who needs a blurb when you've got a gorgeous cover like that? My favorite shades of blue and just the author's name and the book title. The graphic looks like a Pre-Raphaelite painting, and even though it looks as though the woman is drowning (thus giving me the creeps), I want to know what happened to her. And what's up with that key?
Most definitely, if I were in the bookstore, I'd walk right past the UK cover, but the US cover would stop me in my tracks. How about you? Which cover catches your eye? US? UK? Does neither one do the trick for you? Inquiring minds would love to know!