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As the countdown to 2018 ticks merrily on,  I thought I would extend my Celebrating Indie Publishing round up of the brilliant books and authors who have taken part in this feature by recapping the fantastic books by No Exit Press that I’ve had the privilege of reading this year.

As I’ve mentioned in the previous posts, it really has been an honour to work with some amazing publishers and authors this year, and without them this feature would never have been possible!   I’d like to take a wee moment to say “Thank You” to each of the publishers and authors who have taken part in this feature, who have kindly filled in the Q&A form that I sent out, have written guest posts or have kindly sent copies of books for me to read and review – your support has been invaluable and I truly appreciate you all!

Here’s some of the books from No Exit Press that have featured on The Quiet Knitter this year:

 

Reviews of each book can be found by following these links (there are also author features with Howard Linskey and Leigh Russell with the reviews of their books):

Hunting The Hangman by Howard Linskey
The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet
Deadly Alibi by Leigh Russell
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

 

I have been lucky enough to read more than these books by No Exit Press this year, some of them have been regular reads or ones that were part of blog tours … and there are one or two on my radar to read during my January break from blogging.  These guys are bringing some amazing books to readers, check out their website for details of what’s coming up!

I hope that Celebrating Indie Publishing has helped you find some great new books to try this year, or perhaps opened your eyes to other books that you might have missed. It’s certainly been a blast for me and I’ve loved every moment of it!

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Hello and welcome along to The Quiet Knitter! It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another post to showcase an independent publisher and one of their books!
This week I am delighted to bring you a book from No Exit Press, these guys are fast becoming one of my favourite publishers with the fantastic selection of books they’ve published this year!  So many that I may end up having to do a top ten books of the year from each indie publisher at this rate!!


Today’s book in the spotlight is The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet.

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A FROZEN BODY.

A MURDERED BIKER.

A LAWYER WITH NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE.

In the depths of the Norwegian winter, a woman s frozen corpse is discovered in the garden of a notorious ex-lawyer, Vilhelm Thygesen. She has been stabbed to death.

A young biker, a member of a gang once represented by the lawyer, is found dead in suspicious circumstances.

Thygesen starts receiving anonymous threats, and becomes ensnared in a web of violence, crime and blackmail that spreads across Northern Europe.

Does the frozen woman hold the key?

 

My Thoughts & Review:

As a fan of Nordic Noir I was really keen to read this book after seeing the description, it jumped out to me as something I would enjoy and sounded very intriguing.

Interestingly , the plot of this book encompasses more than just the frozen woman, there is blackmail, politics to consider too, and as the opening chapter develops we also encounter biker gangs.  With so many strands to the plot I did wonder how this would all fit together and certainly the style of writing makes a reader work for the answers.  The author manages to weave together the different aspects of the plot whilst slowly revealing bits and pieces without giving the game away, almost like one of those crazy blurred images that slowly comes into focus as you watch it.  And once you see the full picture you feel a great satisfaction at being able to finally see the whole thing.   As ever I am trying very hard not to give anything away about the plot, I hate spoilers and would hate to ruin this book for others.

This is a book that requires attention and time when reading, I found that there were a few times that I paused my reading to go back a page or two to be sure of what I was reading, or in one particular case to double check a character name because I’d gotten confused, but I suspect that this is due to the complexity of the names and my irritating need to try and sound them out (and mispronounce them atrociously) whilst I read.  There were a couple of things that I did feel passed me by, especially about the political conditions in Norway, perhaps they read better in the original Norwegian and something was lost in translation?

Characterisation was very good, Stribolt is a character that I think some readers will relate to, especially the unsent resignation letters.  However, I felt that I didn’t get much of an understanding or connection to Vaarge.  

Overall an interesting plot, well written and keeps the reader guessing with twists and turns cleverly scattered throughout.

 

You can buy a copy of The Frozen Woman via:

No Exit Press (publisher)
Amazon UK
Wordery
Book Depository

 

** My thanks to Katherine Sunderland at No Exit Press for my copy of this book and for taking part in Celebrating Indie Publishing **

 

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