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The Creak on the Stairs (Forbidden Iceland 1) - Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

The Creak on the Stairs (Forbidden Iceland 1) - Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

This is book № 741 of an exclusive 750-copy hardcover edition.  (No other hardcover released in the UK.)

Title: The Creak on the Stairs

Author:  Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

ISBN:  9781913193232

Weight:  787g

Numbered signed first edition, first print hardcover



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The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

Book 1 in the disturbing, chillingly atmospheric, addictive new Forbidden Iceland series.

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day…

But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community.  Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice… before it’s too late.

Peer & Press Reviews

Eva Björg Ægisdóttir's accomplished first novel is not only a full-fat mystery, but also a chilling demonstration of how monsters are made.


A deserted lighthouse and a murdered woman set the scene for this haunting and compelling mystery where the dark secrets of a small town are shockingly exposed.  As chilling and atmospheric as an Icelandic winter.

Lisa Gray, author of Thin Air

The Creak on the Stairs is real world gritty, dealing with the kind of issue crime fiction should be addressing, it’s an unsettling and exciting read with a couple of neat red herrings to throw the reader off the scent.  It’ll be interesting to see Elma develop as the Forbidden Iceland series unfolds.

New Books Magazine

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Creak on the Stairs
TranslatorVictoria Cribb
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background:

A leading London bookshop, working in association with the publisher, commissioned this numbered edition of just 750 hardcover copies.

(This title went straight to paperback in the UK and this edition, with its distinctive steel blue sprayed edges, is the UK’s only hardcover copy.)

Each book has a tipped-in signature page, directly after the title page, that confirms the book’s number and that it is a first edition.  Also printed on this page is the title, the name of the author, the name of the translator, and the publisher’s name and logo.

Book number741 of 750
SeriesForbidden Iceland – book 1
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature / number page
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Storytel Awards 2020 – winner (best crime novel)

Blackbird Award 2019 – winner (best Icelandic crime novel)

Book Stats
PublisherOrenda Books
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781913193232
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)226 x 138 x 32mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket designkid-ethic
Jacket photographyShutterstock

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