Anne Bonny #BookReview Into The River by @mb_randi 4* #PsychologicalThriller #LiteraryFiction #Noir #Mystery #Australia @Legend_Press

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Into The River by Mark Brandi
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Synopsis ~

WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION DEBUT DAGGER
WINNER OF THE 2018 INDIE DEBUT FICTION AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR LITERARY FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR, ABIA AWARDS 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE MATT RICHELL AWARD FOR NEW WRITER OF THE YEAR, ABIA AWARDS 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NED KELLY AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FICTION 2018

Growing up in a small country town, Ben and Fab spend their days playing cricket, wanting a pair of Nike Air Maxes and not talking about how Fab’s dad hits him, or how the sudden death of Ben’s next-door neighbour unsettled him. Almost teenagers, they already know some things are better left unsaid.

Then a newcomer arrived. Fab reckoned he was a secret agent and he and Ben staked him out. He looked strong. Maybe even stronger than Fab’s dad. Neither realised the shadow this man would cast over both their lives.

Twenty years later, Fab is going nowhere but hoping for somewhere better. Then a body is found in the river, and Fab can’t ignore the past any more.

My Review ~

Into The water tells the story of childhood friends Ben and Fab. It is a small town story, featuring small town characters but it packs one hell of a punch to the feels.

The novel jumps between the past and the present as Fab tries to come to terms with his story as he relays it to his friend Lucy.
‘He knew he couldn’t tell her everything though. There were some things that were without a doubt, better left unsaid’

Ben’s neighbour Daisy (14yrs) commits suicide via hanging in her backyard. Her family quickly move away and in moves Ronnie to the neighbourhood. Ben is intrigued by Daisy’s suicide and what drove her to take her own life. He is also suspicious of his new neighbour Ronnie.

The novel’s location is rural Australia and depicts a 1980s childhood. As the readers you witness the boy’s exposure to racial harassment and domestic abuse. Which only tightens their bond. Then Ronnie begins to confide in Ben about what really happened to Daisy. A story that will become all too relevant to Ben soon.

‘It wasn’t until years later that he would realise that the cold, twisting feeling in his guts that day was something like grief’

This is a victim centred crime drama. My heart really went out to Ben and Fab, their childhood choices and futures. 4*

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Anne Bonny #BookReview Too Far by Jason Starr @JasonStarrBooks 5* #Psychological #Noir @noexitpress #TooFarBook

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Too Far by Jason Starr
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Synopsis:

One night. One date. What have you got to lose?

Jack Harper isn’t a bad man, but he’s stuck in a loveless marriage with a mediocre job just trying to keep sober. The only good thing in his life is his son. When an old college friend introduces him to a new extramarital dating website, he tentatively reaches out to find a distraction from his misery. But when he goes to meet up with his steamy online date, he quickly realises it was a dire choice.

Soon, Jack finds himself desperately trying to prove his innocence for crimes he did not commit, and the life he once had – unhappy as it was – is nothing but a dream. Now, he’s living his worst nightmare. . .

My Review:

The novel surrounds Jack Harper, trapped in a loveless marriage, with a boring and unhappy career in real estate. He reconnects with an old friend from 20yrs ago Rob McEvoy. Rob appears to have it all, wealthy lifestyle, huge ego and not to mention he openly boasts of cheating on his wife to ease his boredom.
Now, before the little feminist within me got riled, I decided it would be very intriguing to see how this fictional situation carried out before my eyes…

‘Sex has always been risky’

Jack’s wife Maria and young son Jonah are blissfully unaware of his shady late nights on the illicit dating site. But what starts out as just a bit of fun, soon takes a much sinister turn and before Jack knows it, he has lost everything he holds dear…

I don’t want to go into too much detail of the intricate themes. But this novel is far from seedy and much more a sinister psychological thriller. I was absolutely HOOKED! Oh how the other half live, indeed!!!!
I found this novel to be gripping and completely addictive, I read it straight through in just 3 hours!!!!! I couldn’t put it down at all. I HAD to know how it ended and the ending was phenomenal!!!! I was completely blown away! 5*

Huge respect to the author for this clever and addictive thriller. I have since bought Cold Caller and Hard Feelings. Which I shall leave the details of at the end of this post.

***Don’t miss the other bloggers on the blog tour and apologies for my late post***
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Hard Feelings by Jason Starr
Synopsis:

Richie Segal’s prospects are pretty miserable and, what’s more humiliating, his wife’s career is on the up. Richie knows he is a good salesman, but he just can’t seem to land an account. He’s starting to drink again and worry about whether Paula is seeing that old high school flame or maybe someone new. At thirty-four, he’s a little young for a mid-life crisis, but that’s what it feels like. And then there are those unwelcome memories of the neighbourhood bully, Michael Rudnick, and what he did to Richie when he was eleven…

Just when Richie is about as low as he can get, he runs into Rudnick on the street and knows exactly what he needs to do. Suddenly things seem to be going much better. That is until they get much, much worse.

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Cold Caller by Jason Starr
Synopsis:

Once a rising VP at a topflight ad agency, Bill Moss now works as a ‘cold caller’ at a telemarketing firm in the Times Square area. He’s got a bad case of the urban blues, and when a pink slip rather than promotion comes through, Bill snaps.

Now he’s got a dead supervisor on his hands and problems no career counsellor can help him with…

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#BlogTour #Review Q&A #MarkedForLife by @emelieschepp @midaspr

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Marked For Life by Emelie Schepp

Synopsis:

WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS READERS CHOICE AWARD 2016

In Lindö, on the Swedish coast, a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home.

The victim, Hans Juhlén, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell.

Hans Juhlén had no children.

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlén – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits.

The small body is a bleak reminder that Jana has her own secrets to hide. And if she is to keep them safe, she must find the perpetrator behind these crimes…before the police do.

My review:

The novel opens with an emergency call from Krestin Juhlen describing finding her husband, dead! The scene is quite disturbing as no-one has any clear idea of what has occurred and how. Detective Chief Inspector Henrik Lavin and Detective Inspector Mia Bolander are baffled to what has taken place. Then they find a child’s handprint, on a glass window…….

The victim is Hans Juhlen, whom holds the most senior position within Sweden’s local asylum/migration department. The department has recently been hit with financial scandals and therefore Hans was under pressure from both his workplace and the media. However when the police discover some meanacing letters sent to Hans
“pay now or risk paying the bigger price”
The police begin to look into the blackmail angle. But who would blackmail Hans and why? Through interviews with his wife and PA Lena, it becomes apparent Hans is very much a Jekyll and Hyde type character. What he wishes to portray on the service, is not the same character behind closed doors…….

With further Forensic investigation of the scene and CCTV, we discover the most likely suspect, also appears to be only approximately 8 years old and when that same suspect is found murdered. The case takes an unusual turn. The body of the young boys, shows clear signs of significant trauma all over his body, for a long period of time. Did Hans have ulterior motives for his work at the asylum/migration department? How do they tie to the dead young boy?

The interviews with Han’s wife continue and they discover 40 thousand Kroner being withdrawn a month and a computer littered with cryptic codes. What was Hans hiding?

Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius, has taken a keen interest in the investigation, which is unusual in the Swedish criminal system. But when the code VPXO410009 resembles a code from her past, she is determined to find answers, even if she must investigate on her own. Jana bears a similar scar to the dead young boy and when the coincidences continue, she decides she must solve the link between the traumatised young boy and her own dark past.

Emelie schepp is an incredibly successful author in Sweden and I can easily see why, this novel has you constantly guessing and the twists are of epic proportion. Highly recommend 4*

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) After working as a project manager in the advertising industry for ten years, I came to a point where I was tired of the profession, I wanted to do something different and I wanted to write. I had written a number of articles but when you write articles you only have a limited space and I dreamed of having the freedom to write as many words as I wanted.

So, I decided to write a book. I have always loved reading suspense and so once I really thought about it, there was never a question for me about what genre I would choose. I knew straightaway that I wanted to write crime fiction. I began the storytelling process with only a tiny understanding of where to even begin. But thanks to all the years of reading I did manage the process well.

Since I still worked fulltime, I had to make time for writing at night. Every evening at 8 PM I sat down in front of my computer and wrote. I started in May 2012 and in September the very same year I held the first draft in my hand. I then sent it away to the biggest publishing houses in Sweden and waited for them to get back to me.

It took only two weeks before I received a rejection letter. I waited six more months for the other publishers to get back to me, but they didn´t. So, I got tired of waiting, called them up and told them to withdraw my submission because I would be publishing my novel on my own. I did, and even today I am the most successful self-publisher in Sweden.

In 2012 there was a huge debate about child soldiers after the movie “Kony 2012” went viral. The movie was about Joseph R. Kony who is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) a guerilla group that formerly operated in Uganda, who was accused of ordering the abduction of children to become child soldiers. This was my first inspiration but I then had to think about where these children would come from in Sweden, and how would their abduction go unnoticed? Then a news story of an overturned container on a Swedish highway, full of refugees unregistered at the border, gave me the answer.

In MARKED FOR LIFE a man has been found brutally murdered in his own home. The victim, Hans Juhlen, had no shortage of enemies. But the case stalls when a child’s handprint is found inches from where the dead man fell. Hans Juhlen had no children. Public prosecutor Jana Berzelius has perfected the art of maintaining a professional distance from her cases. But when the body of a small boy is found – and with him, the weapon that killed Juhlen – Jana’s impenetrability is tested to its limits. Berzelius is drawn more deeply into the case for as she attends his autopsy, she recognizes something strangely familiar in his small, scarred, heroin-riddled body. Cut deep into his flesh are initials that scream child trafficking and trigger in her a flash of memory of her own dark, fear-ridden past. Her connection to this boy has been carved with deliberation and malice that penetrate to her very core.  Because of an accident as a child, Jana lost her memory and she doesn’t know anything about her childhood. But she realizes that the small boy can lead her to the truth. So, in parallel with the investigation, and off the record, Jana tries to understand who the boy is and where he is coming from. The more she finds out about the boy’s background, the more she finds out about her own. And to protect her own hidden past, she must find the suspect behind these murders, before the police do.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Writing MARKED FOR LIFE I worked from an outline, and I still do. The most important thing is the story and an outline gives you time to think about the story and how everything fits together with the characters, their paths and so on. Rearranging the order is also much easier when outlining than after a book is written. But even though I know where the book is going, my main character Jana Berzelius always takes a path of her own, and the path she takes is almost always better than the one I have planned for her.

My books are often based on real life events, but I also like to twist the story with Jana Berzelius power.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favourite authors and recommended reads are Jo Nesbø´s Phantom,

Lars Kepler´s The Sandman and Roger Hobbs’ Ghostman.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) It was Kitty Drew by Carolyn Keene. I was a proud owner of all the books in the series published in Sweden.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) It was definitely when the readers voted me for Sweden’s Best Crime writer of the year in 2016. I started out on my own, as a self-publisher, because I really believed in the story about Jana Berzelius. Thanks to my determination I managed to sell a lot of books but without my readers I wouldn’t have managed to succeed in the genre. My readers believed in the story and actually started to spread the word. They posted comments on blogs and social media, giving their support online. Having fans recommending your book to others is the best marketing you can get. Today, I am the most successful self-published author in Sweden and I’ve sold almost My books have been sold in almost one million copies in 29 countries around the world.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My husband is my biggest support ever. We are partners in crime, business, and love.

Emelie Schepp’s Marked for Life is out 6th July (HQ, £7.99)

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#BlogTour #GuestPost 5* #Review #WolvesInTheDark by #GunnarStaalesen @OrendaBooks

 

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Wolves In The Dark by Gunnar Staalesen

Synopsis:

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material … and who is seeking the ultimate revenge. When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet. Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Wolves in the Dark reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

Guest post:

A writer from day to day

I am often asked two questions: What made you a writer? And: What is your writing routine?

What made me a writer was being an avid reader. From when I learned to read, at seven years old, I have loved books. And this love of reading tempted me, when I was about twelve or thirteen years old, to write some short stories myself. Because I enjoyed drawing too, I illustrated my stories. So for some years I was creating cartoons, very much inspired by Disney’s Donald Duck, which was, and still is, very popular in Norway. I even wrote a crime short story, inspired by having read my first Conan Doyles and Agatha Christies.

In my early years, I wrote mostly for fun. However, when I was seventeen and a high-school pupil, I decided that I would try to write something that could be published. Of course, I started with the shorter forms – writing poems and short stories. I had some of these published when I was eighteen or nineteen, but when I was eighteen my first poetry collection was rejected by Gyldendal. Gyldendal would later become my Norwegian publisher!

Two years later the same publisher rejected my first, very short, novel; and then my second novel, too. With the second book, I was not sure if I agreed with the rejection, so I sent it to another publisher, was rejected by them too, and then to a third, who – surprise, surprise –wanted it. Thus, in 1969, at twenty-two years old, my first novel, Uskyldstider (‘Days of Innocence’) was published. It wasn’t a crime book, but a mainstream novel, clearly inspired by the American writer Jack Kerouac, as was my second novel, two years later.

After this came a period when I couldn’t find a publisher for my work: another novel and a collection of short stories. This was around the time when I started reading crime novels in a new way – not just as entertainment, but as interesting literature, written by authors like Sjöwall & Wahlöö, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald. Their books inspired me to write my very first crime book – for a crime novel competition organized by Gyldendal. I won second prize, but my future was sealed. I understood where my place in Norwegian literature was: I was a crime writer, and have been since 1975, when my first crime novel was published. Then, in 1977, I wrote my first novel about Varg Veum; and I found a friend for life.

So, to the second question: How do I work?

Well, if it is a good day – with no meetings with journalists and no answers to write for blog posts (…) – I always go for a short walk after breakfast, to get my blood circulating. After that I sit down, very often with a cup of coffee, and start working on my new manuscript. I write, with some pauses, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most days. Then I have dinner, and after that, if I have not finished the chapter I was in the middle of before dinner, I prefer to finish that, so there is a new chapter waiting to be written the next day. I very often write like that: one chapter a day, be it a long or a short chapter. It usually takes me five to six months to write the first version of the book in this fashion. Then, after getting an initial response from my editor, all the correcting work begins, and I write a second version. After nine to twelve months I send the finished work to my editor, ready to be published. In Norway this is very often in the autumn, as the Christmas market is fundamental for most successful books in our country.

The year after I’ve written a novel, I try to do something different; for instance, write a new play for the local theatre. Then, the year after that, I’ll write another Varg Veum book. And, as we very often say in Norway, in this way, the days pass by.

I would say it’s a happy life. I do what I like most, and I can even make a living from it. Not all Norwegian writers can say that. We are a small country, but we have a lot of writers.
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My Review:

‘They came early’ as Varg Veum is all too aware. Veum is awoken to hear of a warrant for his arrest. Dazed and confused he asks them, on what charges, Child pornography they answer. It is from there; we are plunged into the nightmare with Veum. Desperate to clear his name and sickened by the charges, this is Veum’s darkest case yet!

Veum immediately calls a lawyer, aware that he needs the best representation but with little funds in his bank account, he calls in a favour from Vidar Waagenes. The police believe Veum is one of four main operators in an online paedophile ring that spans not only Europe but the globe. The evidence is stacked against him and aware that he has spent the last few years drowning his sorrows in alcohol and prostitutes. Even I the reader began to question his innocence. Is Varg Veum a sex offender of the most grotesque kind? Has he slumped so low, that even he doesn’t know if he is guilty of the most heinous acts?

The lawyer instructs veum to compile a list of all those, whom may hold a grudge against him. Whilst locked up on remand, with no access to visits, post and in complete isolation, he has little else to occupy his time. It is whilst held in Bergen state prison Veum takes us on a journey, the journey of his past, failed cases and people burned by Veum. This makes for eye-opening reading, does Veum’s past hold the key to the false charges?
Who seeks the ultimate revenge?

The reflective parts of Veum’s life, are very well written. This is a complex and intelligently weaved novel. The theme is dark and the subject matter of paedophilia and those whom abuse children, never makes for an easy read. But I feel that the author has portrayed the plot in an accurate light, rather than writing vivid scenes of abuse. It explains how people use the internet, how they get caught or get away with it. When Veum escapes from custody, the novel becomes more action focused. Veum needs to prove his innocence and solve the case, with time of the essence, Veum is backed into confrontations with those from his shady past……….

The novel ultimately is about what happens when vulnerability, innocence, trust, safe-havens, justice and honest intentions, meets betrayal, blackmail, scandal, slavery, sexual sadism, violence, bribery, lust and corruption.
It has an outstanding ending, that left me, staring at the last few pages in almost, disbelief!
5*

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Blog Tour: Review and Q&A for, A Presence Of Absence by Emma Vestrheim & Sarah Surgey

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A Presence Of Absence by Emma Vestrheim & Sarah Surgey

The synopsis:

The Odense Series is a new Nordic Noir/Brit Crime series that blends humanist stories and family drama with gritty crime in the central Danish city Odense.

British detective Simon Weller escapes the fallout from the recent suicide of his Danish wife, Vibeke and heads out to her home city of Odense. But once there he is paired up with a local detective, Jonas, who is also about to hit rock bottom in his home life and they must overcome their differences and personal problems to try and catch one of the worst serial killers Odense has seen in many years.

The case takes them back into past decades as history starts catching up with some of the local inhabitants.

When Simon realises that his wife’s suicide may not be all it seems and her name appears in the case, his integrity within the case is compromised, how far will he go to find out the truth of Vibeke’s past and hide it from his already troubled police partner?

Back home in London Simon’s family are struggling with their own web of lies and deceit and the family is falling apart.

With one family hiding a dark secret, the whole case is just about to reach breaking point.

My Review:

This is a British/Danish set crime thriller. The novel opens with an eerie prologue & with chapter one we meet Simon Weller, London based cop. Dealing with the grief of his wife’s suicide, Simon is having a hard time avoiding the attention of his (now adult) children. Simon’s family is made up of his son Thomas, smothering daughter Sanne and shifty son-in-law Michael. Feeling the intense pressure of Sanne micro-managing his life & developing an alcohol problem Simon flees to the birthplace of his wife, he flees to Odense.

Odense is a small town in Denmark, birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen the writer. Whilst Simon grieves for his wife Vibeke, the local busybody finds a dead woman hanging from a lamppost. The discovery draws striking comparisons to Simon’s own wife’s suicide & he begins to wonder was it suicide? Or was it murder? Unbeknown to the reader, Simon has already quit his police job in the UK & had planned on working with the Danish Funen police. Simon knows little in the way of the language but has extensive police training, so he is paired with (failing at life) cop Jonas.

The police characters are very well written and I love that the authors added diversity with a cop in the form of Detective Romain an Afghan migrant. I really wish he had been more prevalent to the storyline. The novel is very atmospheric and although it is my first Danish crime novel read, it won’t be my last.

Back to the plot, the woman found hanging is uncovered to be Elsbet Sorenson. Daughter to the wealthiest family in central Denmark. The police chief is personal friends to the family & they are well known within Odense. Upon further inspection the body is found to have a mouth stuffed with hay. But who would want to kill the harmless, dedicated local school teacher?
Elsbet had a Swedish Ex-boyfriend Hektor & a messy complicated relationship. Was she killed in a love triangle gone wrong? Or is it something more sinister?

In London, Simon’s children aren’t coping with their dad’s departure. Sanne is relentless in her attempts to control Simons assets. Thomas meanwhile, grows suspicious of brother-in-law Michael. The tension from London is interwoven into the story & keeps you guessing on how it is relevant to the main plot. It is very well done.

With another body discovered in Odense, Simon has his work cut out for him. The body is a local retiree named Erik. Found hanging from a lamppost, He also has ties to the school and it becomes obvious this is the link they were looking for. Funen Dragskole is the local boarding school and through further investigation, we discover Elsbet had recently become stressed, erratic and out of character. Also found with the drug Prozac in her system, things are not adding up. Simon & Jonas finally form a bond and become a true police partnership. But is it enough? Can they solve this complex case?
In the back drop Sanne makes her way to Denmark!

Slow in the beginning due to laying the foundations of this duo location story. The case now continues at rapid pace. With Odense holding secrets of the past & the local residents not so forth coming. Simon & Jonas must work as a team. Chapter 33 is written from the perspective of Elsbet 3 months earlier, as a series of diary entries. This really adds to the novel and as the reader it offers up the chance to see the situation from the perspective of those involved. After all, don’t we all have secrets?

I found this novel to be tense & unpredictable. The ending is packed with deep emotional pain, that had me reading with my hand over my forehead shaking my head as I read the words. I love the concept of Britain/Denmark as locations and certainly hope there is more in this series! 4*

Q&A:

Q) For readers new to you, can you explain a little bit about yourselves and your background?

 A) I am a freelance writer who has specialised in Nordic culture, arts and the literary world for the past few years. I ran Nordophile.com which showcased Nordic cultural events, more recently I interviewed and featured many prolific Nordic authors. I still freelance and in between looking after my 4 daughters, I have finally moved on to my own book writing!

Emma is also a writer but primarily she is the editor for her magazine, Cinema Scandinavia. She attends many film festivals and interviews Nordic actors, screenwriters and directors.

I live in the UK with my family and Emma, although Australian, now resides in Norway with her husband.

 Q) I love the concept of having a novel written between Denmark & Britain. But how difficult is this in the writing? Does being a writing partnership help?

 A) We both come from a background of reviewing and promoting Nordic books and films so when we decided to both get together and write our own, this was the route we wanted to go down. But, we wanted to add something slightly different as we felt personally that it would add a different dimension. Being British I wondered how well Brit crime would work alongside Nordic Noir, it did, so The Odense Series was born!

 Q) The Presence of Absence is a brilliant debut; it offers up something new & unique to the reader. Will there be more in the series? Will we meet with Simon & Jonas again?

 A) Oh, yes, definitely! We spend a good part of the book in the beginning developing our characters. This was intentional because we knew we were wanting to produce a series rather than just a stand-alone book. We want our readers to ‘really’ know the characters and feel for them. We want our books to play out in their minds and we think by the end of the book the reader will be genuinely wanting to know what happens next for them.

Simon, Jonas (our British/Danish detectives) are going to be featured throughout our series and many of the characters around them.

Our second book ‘The Enlightened’ carries on with the fall out in London, the after crime in Odense and sees a fresh case taking our detectives to a very gritty case up in the most northerly part of Norway where Norse mythology and murder links back to Odense.

 Q) One thing I loved in the novel was the characterisation. Everyone was complex, had inner fears/anxieties. Which made it so realistic. There were no clichés, people responded to situation in exactly the same way they would in real life. How did you come up with the individual characters?

 A) We had done quite a bit of early stage writing when we realised how much we were dealing with grief from our characters, on different levels and with different reactions. We didn’t want this thread to be haphazard and really wanted to give justice to the grief and humanistic stories

 Q) Prior to reading this novel, I had never heard of Odense and unfortunately haven’t been so lucky as to visit Denmark yet. I am sure I wasn’t the only reader to google image search Odense. It looks absolutely beautiful & picturesque. What made you decide that it would make the perfect location?

 A) Denmark was our first thought for which Nordic country we would set it in. We didn’t want Copenhagen as we thought that has been done and would be too obvious. I had featured the Hans Christian Andersen Festival in Odense for a magazine the year before and as myself and Emma started to look at other Danish cities we realised that the link to this great literary great was too good to not thread in. HCA features in our story running parallel to a young boy whose only escape is HCA books.

 Q) With regards to writing/reading, who are your inspirations? What are your favourite novels?

 A) We are both quite eclectic, I think. I could quite easily sit and read Nordic noir books back to back as I could British crime, factual stories or travel inspired books. I love books, bookstores and libraries as a whole. They say “a room without books has no soul” and I agree!

About the authors:

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Sarah Surgey:
Sarah Surgey is a 36 year old British feature writer for various magazines. She lives in the UK with her husband and 4 daughters.

She has had an interest in all things Nordic for many years and has written about many genres within this subject for publication. Although British, she has Danish family and enjoys exploring Denmark and its culture whenever the opportunity arrives.

Sarah was brought up with crime books and inevitably has always had crime story scenarios going around inside her head. After interviewing many famous authors for different magazines within the Nordic literary circle and always knowing the answer to her question of “why did you start writing?” she felt now was her time to get her stories out there, for people to read!

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Emma Vestrheim:

Emma Vestrheim is the owner and editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia, a Nordic film and television journal that analyses popular Nordic titles. Part of her work includes working with directors, actors and filmmakers, and her numerous interviews with the biggest names in Nordic film and television have given her a privileged access to what makes Nordic narratives so successful. Cinema Scandinavia publishes bimonthly and is available in major Nordic film libraries.

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http://theodenseseries.com/
Twitter: @OdenseSeries and @EmmaVestrheim