From the frozen north, civil engineer Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an award-winning, No. 1 best-selling author of the Gudmundsdóttir series, dubbed Iceland’s answer to Stieg Larson.
Samuel Bjørk is often compared to fellow Norwegian, Jo Nesbo. Blasting in from biting Oslo, the novelist, playwright and singer is author of Scandinavia’s bestselling Munch and Krüger series, of which The Owl Always Hunts at Night is his latest.
Jimmy Perez is often clad in a fetching woolly jumper in the TV adaptation of Shetland. Ann Cleeves latest in the series, Cold Earth, features torrential rain, leading to a gruesome discovery. Meanwhile, her other sleuth, Vera is ready for the British weather with her trench coat and floppy hat; The Seagull is set in the chilly seaside town of Whitley Bay.
Keeping everyone warm is our chair, BBC Breakfast and Watchdog’s Steph McGovern.