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Deceit by Jónína Leósdóttir - Out Later This Year through Corylus Books!


The pandemic has hit Iceland hard, and half the police force is in isolation.Reykjavík detective Soffía finds herself struggling to cope with a single-handed investigation into a spate of malicious acts taking place across the city and enlists help from an unexpected direction. Her psychologist ex-husband Adam has advised the police before, but with Covid raging in the city, would prefer to stay holed up in his basement flat as he deals with challenges in both his working and private life.


He grudgingly agrees to work with Soffía but the stakes in the investigation are continually raised. Working out who bears a grudge that goes deep enough to lead to murder, Soffía and Adam unravel complex family ties, lingering enmities, a dark past that the victims would prefer to keep secret, and a young woman in a race against the clock to find the father she has never seen, but for what purpose?

About The Author

Jónína Leósdóttir is an Icelandic author and playwright. She studied modern languages and Latin and has a BA-degree in English and Literature. She has written twentybooks, fiction and non-fiction, many short stories and plays for radio and television. In 2016 Jónína ‘turned to crime’with a five-book series about amateur sleuth Edda. In2021 she introduced a new crime-solving duo, detective Soffía and her ex-husband and psychologist Adam. The first novel about the pair will be published in English in autumn 2022 by Corylus Books.


In 2013 Jónína published a memoir about her relationship with Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, former Prime Minister of Iceland. The couple fell in love in 1985 and had a turbulent relationship in the closet for 15 years, before finally setting up home together in 2000. They later married and Jóhanna became the first openly LGBT+ leader in the world.


Jónína Leósdóttir has received awards for her work – for poetry, short stories and books for young adults. She was instrumental in establishing The Icelandic Women’s Literary Prize in 2007 and is now an honorary member of the association that awards the prize.

About The Translator

Quentin Bates is a writer, translator and journalist. He has professional and personal roots in Iceland that run very deep. He worked as a seaman before turning to maritime journalism. He is an author of series of nine crime novels and novellas the Reykjavik detective featuring Gunnhildur (Gunna) Gísladóttir. In addition to writing his own fiction, he has translated books by Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Guðlaugur Arason, Einar Kárason, Óskar Guðmundsson and Ragnar Jónasson. Quentin was instrumental in launching IcelandNoir, the crime fiction festival in Reykjavik.

Publication dates: 30th October 2022 (eBook) and 15th November 2022 (paperback)

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