The Ice Beneath Her: A Novel - Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Camilla Grebe

This has all the Scandi-Noir hallmarks: it starts in the snow at a graveside, it moves to a murder scene where a woman has been beheaded but eighty per cent of what is written is about the personal lives of the detectives or about a flashback to the interior monologue of a young woman sometime before the murder.


Scandi-noir is like a snowstorm: if you try to go too fast you won't be able to see, better just to settle in somewhere warm and let the thing blow itself out while you appreciate the beauty of something large and purposeful yet made up of small, apparently unconnected frozen moments.