Books by Charlotte Barslund

WILL AND TESTAMENT by Vigdis  Hjorth
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"A cleareyed and convincing story of a family's doomed attempt to reconcile and the limits of forgiveness."
Prizewinning Norwegian novelist Hjorth (Talk To Me, 2010, etc.) mines an inheritance dispute among four siblings to delve into the burden of family secrets and the ripple effects of early childhood trauma. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITHOUT SKIN  by Mads Peder Nordbo
Released: June 11, 2019

"Fans of Nordic crime fiction have a new author to follow."
The discovery of a mummified Norseman in the blinding Greenlandic ice cap—perhaps the archaeological find of the century—goes bad when the mummy disappears and the officer who had been guarding it overnight is left in a bloody heap, gutted like a seal. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT FERRY  by Lotte Hammer
Released: July 3, 2018

"Even the most ravenous appetites for more gruesome revelations about the Bosnian nightmare will be sated. Despite the weight of all this historical detail, the most powerful sequences are the very first and the very last, showing the slaughter on the canal and the final apprehension of the culprit."
A particularly horrific crime kicks off the fifth case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and the Homicide Department of the Copenhagen PD. Read full book review >
THE LAKE by Lotte Hammer
Released: July 4, 2017

"The Hammers, who put the procedure in procedural, keep the pot simmering at such a low temperature you'll wonder if they've mistaken the fridge for the stovetop. The stubborn lack of momentum makes this one a natural for travelers on endless flights."
The fourth of the Hammer siblings' accounts of Danish skulduggery follows a human trafficking ring to its untidy but logical end. Read full book review >
BLOODLING by Lene Kaaberbøl
by Lene Kaaberbøl, illustrated by Rohan Eason, translated by Charlotte Barslund
Released: May 9, 2017

"There's plenty of action, but it's hard to tell where this episode fits into the main storyline (if there is one). (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Wildwitch-in-training Clara Ash faces both familial and life-threatening challenges on her 13th birthday, plus leeches—lots of leeches. Read full book review >
LIFE STEALER by Lene Kaaberbøl
Released: March 7, 2017

"A worthy series outing for fans. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A series of frightening waking dreams entangles trainee witch Clara Ash in a "soul tangle" with a life-destroying revenant. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Bjørk constructs a plot like a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces, and somehow it all works."
Children stolen and dressed like dolls before they're murdered bring suicidal detective Mia Kruger out of hiding and back to police work in Bjørk's complicated, yet compelling, tale. Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 2015

"Among the latest crop of Scandinavian thriller writers, Gazan combines the broad scope of Jo Nesbø with the ability to focus as closely and remorselessly as Karin Fossum."
A pair of apparently unrelated suicides on the same day poses a formidable mystery for Deputy Chief Superintendent Søren Marhauge, of Copenhagen's Violent Crimes Unit. Read full book review >
THE SON by Jo Nesbø
Released: May 13, 2014

"One of Nesbø's best, deepest and richest novels, even without Harry Hole. "
A deftly plotted novel that probes the deepest mysteries: sin, redemption, love, evil, the human condition. Read full book review >
A FAIRY  TALE by Jonas T. Bengtsson
Released: March 25, 2014

"Is this the father's story or the son's? Bengtsson's ambivalence proves fatal, yielding a broken-backed narrative."
Dad knows best. Or does he? A boy's unconventional upbringing skews his worldview in this Danish author's third novel (but first U.S. publication). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Gazan's approach to the genre—everyone serves as his or her own detective searching for the solution to his or her own mystery—is more Fyodor Dostoevsky than Agatha Christie. The results are uneven, and the ending is inevitably anticlimactic, but the journey there is a revelation."
This Danish debut manages to combine white-hot academic debates, well-nigh universal family dysfunction and murder most foul. Read full book review >
WE, THE DROWNED by Carsten Jensen
Released: Feb. 9, 2011

"'Is there anything more heartbreaking than drowning in sight of land?' asks our narrator—and we know the answer. An elegant meditation on life, death and the ways of the sea."
A bestselling Danish novel, by journalist and foreign correspondent Jensen, that chronicles the long-suffering inhabitants of a port city over the course of a century. Read full book review >
BROKEN by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A chamber play for two characters whose moralizing is amplified by a running debate over the nature of fiction and its vicissitudes. The result is slender but haunting."
The creator of Inspector Konrad Sejer (The Water's Edge, 2009, etc.) constructs a simple, excruciating test of an unassuming hero's claim to be a good person. Read full book review >
THE WATER’S EDGE by Karin Fossum
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"You've read this story dozens of times, but Fossum (Black Seconds, 2008, etc.) introduces you to characters you've never met before."
Inspector Konrad Sejer confronts yet another criminal who preys on young children. Read full book review >
BLACK SECONDS by Karin Fossum
Released: July 1, 2008

"Less original than Sejer's four other cases to have appeared in English translation (The Indian Bride, 2007, etc.), but it's equally sensitive and compassionate in its handling of the troubled souls on both sides of the law. "
Chief Inspector Konrad Sejer heads an increasingly desperate search for a schoolgirl missing from her Norwegian suburb. Read full book review >
THE INDIAN BRIDE by Karin Fossum
Released: July 1, 2007

"The most traditional of Sejer's four translated cases leaves plenty of room for resonant ambiguities that are still proliferating as the net finally closes."
Inspector Konrad Sejer closes the book on a love story that began with unlikely romance and ended with horrific violence. Read full book review >