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White as Snow
White as Snow

White as Snow


An Áróra Investigation


276 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: August 2024

ISBN 9781914585845

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Aug 2024)


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Daníel and Áróra hunt a brutal killer when a shipping container with the bodies of five women is found outside Reykjavik, as Áróra continues the search for her missing sister. Book three in the addictive, chilling An Áróra Investigation series.

`Lilja Sigurðardóttir is good at describing the dark and cold of her native Iceland — and making you laugh … telling a terrific tale with twist after twist´ The Times BOOK OF THE MONTH

`Another action-packed and pacy thriller … The writing is crisp and clear, plotting ingenious and characterisation so vivid´ Liz Nugent

`Icelandic crime queen Lilja Sigurðardóttir goes from strength to strength, as is proved by White as Snow … protagonists tackling sub-zero temperatures and baffling crimes´ Financial Times


On a snowy winter morning, an abandoned shipping container is discovered near Reykjavík. Inside are the bodies of five young women – one of them barely alive.

As Icelandic Police detective Daníel struggles to investigate the most brutal crime of his career, Áróra looks into the background of a suspicious man, who turns out to be engaged to Daníel's former wife, and the connections don’t stop there…

Daníel and Áróra’s cases pit them both against ruthless criminals with horrifying agendas, while Áróra persists with her search for her missing sister, Ísafold, whose devastating disappearance continues to haunt her.

As the temperature drops and the 24-hour darkness and freezing snow hamper their efforts, their investigations become increasingly dangerous … for everyone.

Atmospheric, twisty and breathtakingly tense, White as Snow is the third instalment in the riveting, award-winning An Áróra Investigation series, as crimes committed far beyond Iceland’s shores come home…

Shortlisted for The Blood Drop – Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year, 2022


Praise for the An Áróra Investigation series:

`Icelandic crime-writing at its finest´ Shari Lapena

`Lilja Sigurdardottir is rapidly becoming my favourite Icelandic writer´ The Times

`Chilly and chilling … another tense and thrilling read!´ Tariq Ashkanani

`The Icelandic scenery and weather are beautifully evoked…´ Daily Mail

`A stand-out voice in Iceland Noir´ James Oswald

`Sure to please Scandi-noir fans´ Publishers Weekly

`So atmospheric´ Crime Monthly

`Another bleak, unpredictable classic´ Metro

`Tough, uncompromising and unsettling´ Val McDermid

`Tense and pacey´ Guardian

`Deftly plotted´ Financial Times

`Breathtakingly original´ New York Journal of Books

`Taut, gritty and thoroughly absorbing´ Booklist

`A stunning addition to the icy-cold crime genre´ Foreword Reviews

`A thrilling ride, super-addictive, fast-paced and atmospheric´ From Belgium with Booklove

`Another emotional, pacy, tension-filled and highly topical investigation´ Jen Med’s Book Reviews


"Cleverly poised between domestic drama and international conspiracy ... claustrophobic." —Sunday Times Best Crime Books of 2022 on Red as Blood

"Reading Cold as Hell sometimes gives you “the bizarre feeling of having been struck by a hand that had previously been so gentle”.
Isn’t that what all crime writers should aim for? The good news, my “cuddle dumplings”, is that Arora will be back." —Times on Cold as Hell

“Thriller of the year.” —New York Journal of Books on Snare
“A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavik’s underworld.” —Booklist on Snare
“With its clever plot and brisk, tight pace, this hard-to-put-down Nordic thriller will be a treat for crime fiction fans.” —Library Journal on Snare
"fans of Nordic noir will find plenty to like." --Publishers Weekly on Trap
"Prime binge-reading.” --Booklist on Trap
“Sigurðardóttir knows how to ratchet up the tension…[Trap] is a worthy addition to the icy-cold crime genre popularized by Scandinavian noir novels.” --Foreword Reviews on Trap
"[A] lively conclusion...Fans already invested in this Nordic crime series will race through the pages."— Publishers Weekly on Cage
"Tough, uncompromising and unsettling." —Val McDermid on Betrayal

"A terrific tale with twist after twist." —The Times 


"Icelandic crime queen Lilja Sigurðardóttir goes from strength to strength, as is proved by White as Snow (Orenda, £9.99, translated by Quentin Bates), her doughty protagonists tackling sub-zero temperatures and baffling crimes." —Barry Forshaw, Financial Times Reviews 

Author Biography

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurðardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written ten crime novels, including Snare, Trap and Cage, making up the Reykjavík Noir trilogy, and her standalone thriller Betrayal, all of which have hit bestseller lists worldwide. Snare was longlisted for the CWA International Dagger, Cage won Best Icelandic Crime Novel of the Year and was a Guardian Book of the Year.

David Hackston is a British Translator of Finnish and Swedish literature and drama. Notable publications include The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, Maria Peura’s coming-of-age novel At the Edge of Light, Johanna Sinisalo’s eco-thriller Birdbrain, two crime novels by Matti Joensuu and Kati Hiekkapelto’s Anna Fekete series (which currently includes The Hummingbird, The Defenceless and The Exiled, all published by Orenda Books). He also translates Antti Tuomainen’s stories. In 2007 he was awarded the Finnish State Prize for Translation.