A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder made to look like a suicide. But a strange symbol found at the crime scene leads the local police to call Commissaire Adamsberg and his team. When the symbol is found near the body of a second disguised suicide, a pattern begins to emerge: both victims were part of a disastrous expedition to Iceland over ten years ago. A group of tourists found themselves trapped on a deserted island for two weeks, surrounded by a thick, impenetrable fog rumoured to be summoned by an ancient local demon, and two of them didn't make it back alive. But how are the deaths linked to the secretive Association for the Study of the Writings of Maximilien Robespierre? And what does the mysterious symbol signify?
Commissaire Adamsberg brings his quirky and often inscrutable methods of detection to bear on a ‘tangled seaweed’ of a case involving Icelandic folk myths and a secretive society for the study of the revolutionary Robespierre. Fred Vargas won three successive International Dagger awards from the Crime Writers Association for the Adamsberg novels, and you’ll understand why when you read this. Her characters leap off the page and her evocative writing breathes life into the whole genre.
Recommended by Aoife Roantree, Dubray Rathmines