Mrs Smith Reads Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indridason, #CBR4 Review #25
Nordic Mystery, Icelandic edition.
Silence of the Grave is Arnaldur Indridason’s second novel in the Inspector Erlander Reykjavik Murder Series. I definitely plan on reading more.
The story opens at a child’s birthday party and that is about the only cheerful thing that happens in the entire novel. A bone has been found by some partygoers and when one of the adults identifies it as human, this detective story gets as dark as an Icelandic winter night. Inspector Erlander and his team are brought in to do the detective work as archeologists slowly excavate a burial site in the middle of a new housing development. It is immediately apparent that the grave is not new, so the team must dive into the past of this remote area outside Reykjavik, that during the WWII-era was home to little more than scattered vacation cottages and military barracks for English and American troops.