Where is Erlendur? He’s still not back from his trip to the mountains so it’s his colleague, Elinborg, who follows the twists and turns of this dark plot.
Elinborg, harried by the demands of her family, investigates a grisly murder that’s quite nasty for Iceland. When a young man is found in a pool of blood, the only clues are a woman’s shawl, and a strange smell that lingers in the air.
But Elinborg is an excellent cook, and tracks down villains by the same process in which she concocts a new recipe. Each and every clue, like each ingredient, is weighed and tested.
She is also drawn into a cold case, just like Erlendur always has been, and she finds herself investigating the disappearance of a young girl from six years before.