Welcome to Graskeggur

23 November 2009

Quentin Bates is a writer and journalist who has recently made the move into fiction with the first of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland.

Latest blogs


28 June 2015

 Most of us crimewriters have been to festivals and conferences at one time or another. Some of us are regulars with a store of polished anecdotes that can be wheeled out as needed. Others of us emerge occasionally, blinking into the daylight to join in the discussion and the throng at the bar. {Read more about BritCrime}


28 June 2015


31 March 2015

 It was a chance remark I heard on the radio. A well-known book critic was jokily taking about Nordic crime fiction and made the comment that all Scandi crime fiction seems to take place in the depths of an Arctic winter. {Read more about Summerchill}
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What others are saying

'Superior crime fiction set in Iceland... this is a well constructed, well written and satisfying police procedural.'Marcel Berlins, The Times.

‘[A] crackling fiction debut ... palpable authenticity.’Publishers Weekly

‘A great read – leaves you craving the next installment.’Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

‘A meticulously constructed thriller, peopled with exceptionally convincing characters and shot through with black humour... as chilling as an Icelandic winter.’S.J. Bolton

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