Kjell Ola Dahl: Little Drummer

Today it is my turn on the blog tour for Little Drummer. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the blog tour and to Orenda Books for my copy of the book.


When a woman is found dead in her car in a Norwegian parking garage, everyone suspects an overdose … until a forensics report indicates that she was murdered. Oslo Detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda discover that the victim’s Kenyan scientist boyfriend has disappeared, and their investigations soon lead them into the shady world of international pharmaceutical deals. 

While Gunnarstranda closes in on the killers in Norway, Frølich and Lise, his new journalist ally, travel to Africa, where they make a series of shocking discoveries about exploitation and corruption in the distribution of foreign aid and essential HIV medications. 

When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, all three investigators face incalculable danger, spanning two continents. And not everyone will make it out alive…

Exploding the confines of the Nordic Noir genre, Little Drummer is a sophisticated, fast-paced, international thriller with a searingly relevant, shocking premise that will keep you glued to the page.


Kjell Ola Dahl is an incredibly gifted writer and from the very beginning I was drawn into Little Drummer, wanting to know what would happen next. I raced through the book in a bid to find all the answers. 

Little Drummer is set across both Norway and Kenya and I loved the descriptions of both locations. I could see everything so vividly and I was completely immersed in the different cultures. 

It was good to be back with Gunnarstranda and Frolich after some time. Although I have met them before, I enjoyed being reacquainted with them and learning a little more about their personal lives. There is definitely a lot more to come from them as the series continues. 

The plot of Little Drummer is quite complex but it is brilliantly put together and I enjoyed trying to piece it together myself. As we get closer to the ending, the tension increases and this kept me intrigued until the final page. 

Little Drummer is available from Amazon.

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