A REYKJAVIK MURDER MYSTERY. It is a few days before Christmas and a Reykjavik doorman and occasional Santa Claus, Gudlauger, has been found stabbed to death in his hotel room in a sexually compromising position.
It soon becomes apparent that both staff and guests have something to hide, but it is the dead man who has the most shocking secret.
Detective Erlendur soon discovers that the placidly affluent appearance of the hotel covers a multitude of sins.
Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/09/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099546627
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason is the third entry in his Reykjavik Murder Mysteries and, personally I found this one a tad mediocre. The mystery was fairly straightforward, but the setting, being entirely in a large hotel during the Christmas period, seemed a waste of the interesting setting of Iceland that figured so prominently in the first two books and at times felt almost claustrophobic.Just days before Christmas a doorman who occasionally also acted as a Santa was found in a basement room of a hotel, stabbed and in a compromising position. Erlendur and his team get busy investigating everyone in this large downtown Reykjavik hotel, believing the answer to the puzzle lies in uncovering the motive. Erlendur is his usual dour, plodding self who eventually checks himself into the hotel in order to both be close to the case as well as using it as a way of avoiding making any plans for Christmas. During their investigation, it is found that the victim was once a child singing prodigy who fell from fame and disappeared into anonymity. This book does give us more insight into the character of Erlendur as he spends a fair bit of time remembering his own childhood and the tragedy that has marred his life.The author is working on peeling the layers from Erlendur as well as developing some very interesting backup characters in this series. Although this mystery didn’t envelope me as strongly as his previous ones, this is a series that I will continue to explore.