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

Stepping sideways

27 October 2014

 It seems there’s something of a hiatus in my career as a writer of crime novels. The next novel is pretty much written, another episode in the troubled life of my fictional lady detective who solves crime in and around Reykjavík. It has a title, Thin Ice, that maintains the chilly theme, and I’m fairly happy with it so far. {Read more about Stepping sideways}

Go on, try something new

12 October 2014

 Like most of us who write for this blog, and I’d imagine, like most of those who read it, I don’t have far to reach for a book to read. I live in a house that’s slightly too small for the number of books it contains, like an overweight jogger desperately trying to slim down to get into last year’s trousers. {Read more about Go on, try something new}

New book sitrep

28 September 2014

 I’m sick of the sight of the book I’m working on at the moment. There, I’ve said it. I feel like I’ve admitted to hating my own child. But the feeling will pass... {Read more about New book sitrep}
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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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