WHITEOUT #BlogTour #GuestAuthorPost & #Giveaway @nholten40 @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks @annecater

Woohoo! I am over the moon to be hosting the fantabulous Ragnar Jonasson’s Whiteout blog tour today with a super wee guest post and the chance for one lucky person to win an AUDIBLE copy of this book thanks to the amazing Karen Sullivan! How freakin’ awesome is that!?!

First though, how about we find out a little about Ragnar (for those few of you ? who may not come across this brilliant series before) and a bit about this superb book!

About The Author

Check out this handsome devil! ?

Ragnar Jonasson (www.ragnarjonasson.com) is the Icelandic writer of the Dark Iceland crime series set in Northern Iceland.
Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works as a lawyer in Reykjavik. He is also a teacher at Reykjavik University Law School and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
Before embarking on a writing career, Ragnar translated fourteen of Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.
Ragnar is the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir, and has appeard on panels at Crimefest in Bristol, Left Coast Crime in the USA, Bloody Scotland in Stirling and Iceland Noir in Iceland.
Ragnar’s short story Death of a Sunflower was published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine January 2014 issue, the first story in the magazine by an Icelandic author.
His second Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine story, A Letter to Santa, was published in the January 2015 issue.
Ragnar’s short story Party of Two was published in the Crime Writers’ Association 2014 anthology Guilty Parties, edited by Martin Edwards.
Ragnar lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughters.

About The Book

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kalfshamarvik.
Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop?
With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim’s mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier…

My latest book Whiteout takes place just before Christmas. I don’t know why but I have always been fascinated by stories set around Christmas time, especially crime novels. Christmas is a big holiday in Iceland and we have our very Icelandic traditions. On the 23rd of December we cook a very foul smelling fish called Skata and eat it with lots of butter and leafbread (laufabrauð). I’m not exaggerating when I say that everything and everyone stink for a few days after that feast. I however have never really gotten the hang of foul smelling food, so I very politely decline any offer to a Skata party. We celebrate Christmas on the 24th and give each other presents on Christmas Eve. One of the most popular presents to this day is a new Icelandic book and the weeks before Christmas are described as the Christmas Book Flood, as most new novels in Iceland are published during this period. This is the tradition I cherish the most as I love the relaxing element of staying inside during the holidays, nibbling on chocolates and reading a lot of books. So why not have more books set around Christmas time? The perfect setting in my opinion.


Thank you so much, Ragnar! I LOVE this tradition and keeping within the theme of this guest post, I have an audible code for Whiteout to give away to ONE LUCKY READER. Leave a comment below to be entered into this AWESOME giveaway. I will leave it open until DECEMBER 7th – the final day of the blog tour! So share, RT, enter to be in with a chance!  


26 Replies to “WHITEOUT #BlogTour #GuestAuthorPost & #Giveaway @nholten40 @ragnarjo @OrendaBooks @annecater”

  1. Woohoo! I know I am a bit late, but you’re the lucky winner of the Whiteout audio book, Steve! Is it ok for me to pass your email on to Karen at Orenda?

  2. Woohoo! I know I am a bit late, but you’re the lucky winner of the Whiteout audio book, Steve! Is it ok for me to pass your email on to Karen at Orenda?

  3. Entered as I have read and reviewed (and loved) all of the four preceding novels and Ari Thór and Tómas are Icelandic legends! Thanks Noelle, love Rachel xx

  4. I loved the book, my review stop is tomorrow. I got into the series when I was asked to do an Audio review for Rupture so would love to win the audio version of this one to go along side that.

  5. I love Iceland, and I love Ragnar’s books – I stumbled upon them with an introductory bargain offer on Kindle, not long before our second visit to Iceland, that time to drive the ring road, and reading Snowblind beforehand really got me on the mood and we even visited the police station in Siglufjorður as a result! Ragnar & Karen (& translator Quentin) are all so friendly on Twitter and I’ve enjoyed books from all of them (& Yrsa too, and Lilja on the way!) But an Audible copy would be ideal to introduce my husband, who never has the patience to read himself – so fingers crossed! Thanks for the post and the chance 🙂

  6. Sounds great! (Well….. maybe not the smelly fish bit, but apart from that!!). Never read anything from Ragnar yet, so fingers and toes crossed for this one ??.

  7. I am always on the prowl for new mysteries and new mystery authors. This sounds like an excellent read, especially during the winter months.

  8. Working my way through Ragnar’s books. This will be a great Christmas read. Love the tradition of books on Christmas Eve but not so keen on the Skata party.