Ayo Onatade is an avid reader of crime and mystery fiction. She has been writing reviews, interviews and articles on the subject for the last 12 years; with an eclectic taste from historical to hardboiled, short stories and noir films
Death in a Cold Climate is a diamond of a book that all fans of Scandinavian crime fiction should have on their bookshelves.
Written in not only an intelligent but also user-friendly way, Death in a Cold Climate scrutinises the colossal commercial pull of Scandinavian crime fiction along with the Nordic national disparities that can be found in the various countries.
Containing sections on each of the Nordic nations it also places the contents into illuminating social, political and geographical settings. Along with interviews with many of the authors, one of the book's most interesting features is the lengthy discussions with translators as well. This is good as translators are often forgotten about.
All the players are accounted for and this is a book that will make you think dark thoughts and snowdrifts. The wide variety of styles and subject-matter on offer means there is something for everyone which is more than welcome.
From the Danish TV series The Killing to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, Death in a Cold Climate is the ultimate in information for fans. In a few words “an essential readers guide”! Not a book to be ignored by those interested in Scandinavian crime fiction.