My favourite genre of books is mystery and crime… I do read all sort of other books too, but this is the particular sort I most often read. I don’t just read British and American crime novels, I read lots translated from other languages and set in other countries.

While we were way on our Tasmanian adventure recently we learned a lot about Antarctic exploration as Hobart is where many expeditions set off from historically, and where many ships still leave from on their way down south. We saw several scientific ships ready to depart for the southern most continent. There is a museum in Hobart about the explorer Douglas Mawson and his trip to the south in 1911, which is well worth a visit – in fact I went twice it was so interesting.

So having leaned a lot about the Arctic from visiting the Mawson’s Huts replica museum, I was intrigued when i saw a crime novel set in the Antarctic, on a scientific station based there. The book is The Winter Over by Matthew Iden – the title referring to the situation for those at the antarctic station who have to stay there over winter as it is impossible to leave because of the weather conditions – they are virtually trapped!

The blurb says:

Each winter the crew at the Shackleton South Pole Research Facility faces nine months of isolation, round-the-clock darkness, and one of the most extreme climates on the planet. For thirty-something mechanical engineer Cass Jennings, Antarctica offers an opportunity to finally escape the guilt of her troubled past and to rebuild her life.
But the death of a colleague triggers a series of mysterious incidents that push Cass and the rest of the forty-four-person crew to the limits of their sanity and endurance. Confined and cut off from the outside world, will they work together or turn against one another? As the tension escalates, Cass must find the strength to survive not only a punishing landscape but also an unrelenting menace determined to destroy the station—and everyone in it.

I hadn’t heard of Matthew Iden before but he has written many other books, great news for me, more to read! “In addition to his most recent thriller THE WINTER OVER (set in the harrowing landscape of a South Pole winter), Matthew Iden is the prolific author of the Marty Singer detective series—A Reason to Live, Blueblood, One Right Thing, The Spike, The Wicked Flee, and Once Was Lost—as well as several acclaimed stand-alone novels.

I’m a good way into the novel and it is really fascinating, as well as being a gripping and puzzling story. I will report back when I’ve finished it!

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