A Lady in Shadows

A Lady in Shadows

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot’s assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France? Madeleine is no stranger to cases such as this. Though she is a woman in forensic pathology (a career considered unseemly even for men), her recent work with a string of mysterious deaths and becoming the first female student admitted to the University of Varbroug has earned her some semblance of respect. But there’s only so much her physiology courses can do to help her uncover the mysteries of a mad scientist’s brutal murders. Madeleine must do whatever it takes—investigate the darkest corners of the city and even work undercover—to track down a murderer at large. But if there’s one thing the press has right about “Mademoiselle Death,” it’s this: it takes a woman to find a killer of women.
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Doctor Death

Doctor Death

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

From the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Boy in the Suitcase, a gripping historical thriller and poignant coming-of-age story set in nineteenth-century France. Madeleine Karno is an ambitious young woman eager to shatter the confines of her provincial French town. Driven and strong headed, Madeleine is set apart by her unusual occupation: assisting her father, Dr. Albert Karno, in his job as a forensic doctor. The year is 1894, and a young girl is found dead on the snowy streets of Varbourg. Dr. Karno is called in to determine the cause of her death, but before he can examine the body, the girl's family forbids the autopsy from taking place. The only anomaly he manages to find is in the form of a mite in her nostril. Shortly after, several other dead bodies are discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must use the new science of forensic evidence to solve the mysterious cases before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease—or of a heinous murderer.
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Life Stealer

Life Stealer

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

Clara sees the world through animal eyes, as she is drawn further into the Wildwitch universe, and towards a battle with a new, powerful enemy A sparrow flitting under the forest canopy, a snake slithering on its belly across a carpet of leaves, a hawk swooping down on a squirrel: Clara finds herself drawn into a variety of animal minds and caught up in a deadly dance of predator and prey. The dramatic and mysterious third part in the Wildwitch story sees Clara discover more about her magical powers and about herself, as an unexpected and frightening new danger emerges from the shadows.
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The Shamer's Daughter

The Shamer's Daughter

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

The first step into the thrilling middlegrade fantasy world of The Shamer ChroniclesDina has inherited her mother's gift: she is a Shamer, able to see a person's most guilty secrets just by gazing in their eyes. But sometimes her gift feels more like a curse. Nobody seems to want a friend who can see their deepest shame.But when Dina's mother is called to Dunark Castle to uncover the truth about a terrible crime, Dina must come to terms with her power, and quickly – or let her mother fall prey to the vicious dragons of Dunark.An award-winning and highly acclaimed writer of fantasy, Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960, grew up in the Danish countryside and had her first book published at the age of 15. Since then she has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. Lene's huge international breakthrough came with The Shamer Chronicles, which is published in more than 25 countries selling over a million copies...
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Bloodling

Bloodling

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

Clara comes of age as a wildwitch, and faces her most terrifying challenge yet As Clara turns thirteen she must complete a daunting challenge in order to become a fully-fledged wildwitch, but a series of frightening attacks on her family are distracting her from the crucial task ahead of her. Clara searches for the source of the danger and finds herself drawn further and further into the mystery, towards a deadly battle with Bravita Bloodling that will leave her changed for ever.
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Wildfire

Wildfire

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

Clara is a normal 12-year-old girl, until a scary encounter with an unusually large black cat changes her life for ever. With the help of her Aunt Isa, she is introduced to her astounding true nature: as a Wildwitch, she can learn to communicate with animals, and harness the magical power of the natural world around her. But before Clara can get to grips with her newfound abilities, she is confronted with a powerful enemy. Her experiences force her to grow up faster than she had expected, and she learns that, in the wild world, she will have to learn to fight as well as flee.
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The Serpent Gift

The Serpent Gift

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

The third book in the thrilling fantasy adventure series, The Shamer ChroniclesA watching face in a market crowd, a mist-shrouded figure on the moor, a haunting presence seen only when he wants to be seen. Sezuan has the Serpent Gift. With the eerie music of his flute, he can weave a web of lies and illusion to trap the keenest mind. He is also Dina's father, and he has come to claim her.Dina's family set family set off in desperate flight, trying to escape Sezuan's snare. But soon, with nowhere else to turn, Dina must learn to see through her father's deceit and use her own gift against him.An award-winning and highly acclaimed writer of fantasy, Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960, grew up in the Danish countryside and had her first book published at the age of 15. Since then she has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. Lene's huge international breakthrough came with The Shamer Chronicles, which is...
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The Shamer's War

The Shamer's War

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

The final book in the thrilling fantasy adventure series, The Shamer ChroniclesThe Dragon Lord of Dunark will stop at nothing in his persecution of Shamers, and he is determined to crush any community that shelters them. Those struggling to resist his cruel power have realised that hiding won't work any more. It's time to fight back.But as preparations for the rebellion begin, Dina starts to have doubts – can she really be part of a plan to unleash war? There must be another way, but can she find it before her world is torn apart?An award-winning and highly acclaimed writer of fantasy, Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960, grew up in the Danish countryside and had her first book published at the age of 15. Since then she has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. Lene's huge international breakthrough came with The Shamer Chronicles, which is published in more than 25 countries selling over a million...
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Oblivion

Oblivion

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

Barely recovered from her escapades of the previous year, Clara is just getting used to her new wildwitch identity, as well as to her mysterious new companion, Cat, when she is thrust into a new adventure. First, Clara's friend Shanaia is found badly injured, then Clara's best friend Oscar goes missing - kidnapped. With no one to help her, Clara must journey on the Wildways to the windswept clifftop dwelling of Westmark. Here she will have to draw on her wildwitch powers, and discover new reserves of inner strength, as she once again faces her enemy, Chimera.
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A Lady in Shadows

A Lady in Shadows

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

"Madeleine's inquisitive mind and candid voice are enough to keep us reading." —The New York Times Book Review New York Times bestselling author Lene Kaaberbøl returns with her beloved protagonist Madeleine Karno—an ambitious young woman who shatters the confines of nineteenth century France.On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot's assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France? Madeleine is no stranger to cases such as this. Though she is a woman in forensic pathology (a career considered unseemly even for men), her recent work with a string of mysterious deaths and becoming the first...
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The Shamer's Signet

The Shamer's Signet

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

The second book in the thrilling fantasy adventure series, The Shamer ChroniclesDina has the Shamer's Gift – one look into her eyes, and none can mask their guilt or hide their shame. Now even her brother, Davin, no longer dares to meet her gaze. He burns with a desire to take up the sword and avenge the crimes committed against his family.But these are treacherous times and Dina's life is in terrible danger. Kidnapped by the corrupt Valdracu, she is forced to use her gift as a weapon. And Davin becomes her only hope of escape...An award-winning and highly acclaimed writer of fantasy, Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960, grew up in the Danish countryside and had her first book published at the age of 15. Since then she has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. Lene's huge international breakthrough came with The Shamer Chronicles, which is published in more than 25 countries selling over a million...
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Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)

Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

From the Nordic noir duo who brought you The New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase comes a chilling new thriller with a mystery seventy-years in the making.Nina. Natasha. Olga. Three women united by one terrifying secret. But only one of them has killed to keep it.Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been arrested for murdering her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. It isn't the first time Natasha has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also murdered, three years earlier in Kiev, and in the same manner, viciously tortured and his hands broken.Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha's case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive Danish fiancé more than once, just can't see the young...
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Death of a Nightingale

Death of a Nightingale

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

From the Nordic noir duo who brought you The New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase comes a chilling new thriller with a mystery seventy-years in the making.Nina. Natasha. Olga. Three women united by one terrifying secret. But only one of them has killed to keep it.Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen's police headquarters. That night, the frozen, tortured body of Michael, the ex-fiancé, is found in a car, and the manhunt for Natasha escalates. It isn't the first time the young Ukrainian woman has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also murdered, three years earlier in Kiev, and in the same manner: tortured to death in a car.Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha's case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive fiancé more than once, just can't see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha's daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she didn't know about this woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, when a ten-year-old girl with the voice of a nightingale sang her family into shallow graves.ReviewPraise for The Boy in the Suitcase A New York Times Bestseller The New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011 Strand Magazine Critics Award Nominee Indie Next List November 2011 Pick Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year Glass Key Crime Fiction Award Nominee “Here’s something you don’t often see in Nordic noir fiction — a novel written by two women about the criminal mistreatment of women and children, compassionately told from a feminine perspective and featuring female characters you can believe in…. the first collaborative effort of Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis, and it packs an almighty punch.” — The New York Times Book Review, Notable Crime Book of 2011 “Fans of Nordic crime fiction, rejoice: Something is rotten in Denmark. But never fear, Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is on the case.... A wild ride.” — New York Post “Terrific.... What’s for sure is that, once you start reading, you can’t stop — it’s as if the poor kid’s life depends on your getting to the end as fast as possible.... looks like another winning entry in the emotionally lacerating Scandinavian mystery sweepstakes.” — The Washington Post “Written in that sparse, uniquely Scandinavian style sure to draw comparisons with a certain blockbuster trilogy (this is better), this story packs plenty of emotional suspense and interpersonal friction without veering into melodrama. Kaaberbol and Friis know when to reveal and when to pull back, presenting just enough back story about Sigita's upbringing and marriage, just enough about Nina's relationship with her family and friends, without ever interrupting the action. The disparate perspectives do as much to humanize all the action as they do to disorient — and I mean that in the best possible sense.” — Associated Press “A frightening and tautly told story of the lengths to which people will go for family and money.” — USA Today “A terrific central character and a great plot.... As the story builds, each storyline is woven in, and no character, including Nina Borg, is what we think.... A series to watch.” — Toronto Globe and Mail "Soho is known for high-quality crime fiction set around the globe, so it's no surprise that this gripping Danish thriller kept me turning pages while its poignant characters lodged in my heart. Denmark has never looked so sinister!" — Denise Hamilton, Edgar-winning author of the Eve Diamond series, The Last Embrace and *Damage Control* "Stunning. Hooked me from the beginning. The Danish bourgeoisie and the criminal underworld collide in a moving, fast-paced thriller with psychological depth." — Cara Black, bestselling author of *Murder in the Marais* "Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnette Friis have created a dark shimmering gem of a crime thriller in The Boy in the Suitcase. Using the reliable skills we’ve come to expect from their Nordic brethren—clean tight prose, recognizably human characters, a fierce social conscience and airtight plotting—they’ve fashioned as engaging a story as you’re going to read anytime soon. The pages blur you read them so quickly, and yet the wallop to your mind and heart is real and deep. There must be something in the water up there—for which we should all be profoundly grateful." — David Corbett, Edgar-nominated author of *Do They Know I’m Running? * “A must for Scandinavian crime fiction aficionados." — Library Journal, Starred Review “A great introduction to an award-winning team of Danish authors.” — November 2011 Indie Next List “Women characters get star turns in this book, with the most poignant being Sigita, the young single mother desperate to find her missing son. Realizing how acutely alone she is in this pursuit, Sigita summons a pugilistic tenacity in the face of the indifference of family and police to her son’s plight as well as her own.” — Boston Globe “Among the best crime novels of the year…. marks Kaaberbol and Friis as serious talents to be reckoned with, ready to be discovered by an American audience.” — Publishers Marketplace “Stieg Larsson fans will find a lot to like in The Boy in the Suitcase... [Nina Borg] will strike many, particularly female readers, as a more appealing version of Lisbeth Salander.” — Publishers Weekly “Of all the recent Scandinavian thrillers that have been rushed into translation for fans of Stieg Larsson, here’s one whose pair of strong heroines taking on a monstrous conspiracy of men behaving badly is actually reminiscent of the Millennium Trilogy.... A debut that’s a model of finely tuned suspense.” — Kirkus Reviews “This past-paced, suspenseful thriller intertwines several stories, gradually revealing the motivations of multiple characters and building tremendous suspense. The novel should be recommended to anyone who enjoys Asa Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson series and, especially, Christian Jungersen’s The Exception (2007), another Danish thriller focused on a group of female characters.” — Booklist “The Boy in the Suitcase ratchets along at a breathless pace, skillfully switching points of view in a tightly choreographed arrangement.” — Daily Beast "This is a thrilling and most urgent novel reflecting a terrifying reality." — Maj Sjowall, bestselling co-author of the Martin Beck series "Warning! If you open this book, your life will be on stand-by." — Elle (Denmark) "Extraordinary.... A crime novel where everything is perfectly done." — The Weekend Newspaper (Denmark) “The Boy in the Suitcase, cements Scandinavia’s reputation as a new hunting ground for tautly-plotted, well-written mysteries…. a fast-paced thriller written in tight and sparse prose that seems to be the hallmark of Scandinavian mystery authors. A compelling read that you’ll find hard to put down.” — Mystery Cime Librarian "The first in a series of mysteries from Denmark is a highly emotional story of secrets and bad decisions. It is also about women: desperate, scared women; women who refuse to look at choices they’ve made; and most of all, a very determined, brave woman who has to get involved in the lives of others. It starts with a series of short chapters from the viewpoints of seemingly unconnected characters. The writing is sparse, never telling the readers more than they must know at the moment and the action and emotion are continuous. The surprise ending is perfect. You won’t be able to put this down." — Romantic Times “The Boy in the Suitcase is an exceptional crime fiction debut that shines a light on a tragic and real social issue. It manages to address this problem with a seriousness and social conscience that add significant weight to the story. It is an engaging, suspenseful, and excellently written crime fiction novel with complex and well-drawn characters which has been a bestseller throughout Scandinavia. The Boy in the Suitcase is definitely worth a read!” — Scandinavian Books' Nordic Book Blog “The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis is another exemplary Scandinavian mystery with a seriously driven heroine, and a most unusual plot and premise, that will keep you guessing until the very end.” — BookLoons, Recommended Read “A fast paced thriller that keeps the reader interested and invested from the moment Nina discovers the life stolen away inside that suitcase…. Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis have written a story about motherhood, immigration, crime and punishment and redemption that needs no comparison.” — Literate Housewife Praise for *Invisible Murder* "Kaaberbøl and Friis return with a riveting follow-up to their 2011 debut, The Boy in the Suitcase....Nina and Sandor are flawed but appealing characters, and their stories smoothly connect in the buildup to a pulse-pounding finale. With its intricate plot and revealing glimpses into Roma life, this assured thriller cements its authors’ places near the top of the Scandinavian crime fiction pantheon." — Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW “The Danish authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis have written another disturbing exposé of social injustice in Invisible Murder.” — New York Times Book Review "Superb." — The Globe and Mail "Kaaberbøl and Friis describe this broken and terrifying world with the measured cadence of a network news anchor. From their report, civilization had a good run, but its lights are winking out.” — The Baton Rouge Advocate “Tense and twisty.” — The Sacramento Bee “Dark, suspenseful.” — The Daily American “This pair’s debut, The Boy in the Suitcase, grabbed me, and so did Invisible Murder.” — The Charlotte Observer “Kaaberbøl and Friis have created not only one of the best new crime series, but also one of the most unusual, in terms of the characters, the plots, and the way the crimes are integrated into the story.” — International Noir Fiction “Highly recommended for readers who want a novel that isn’t afraid to look unflinchingly, but not despairingly, at the world’s greatest social problems.” — Criminal Element “An exciting, well-written and -translated thriller with a clever twist ending.” — Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "The authors do an excellent job with showing the radical divisions within Denmark. The book is suspenseful, the characters are often fascinating, and the plot is complex." — Ted Hertel, *Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine* "Invisible Murder will blow your mind.... It races towards an epic finish, an ending that leaves the reader both shocked and wonderfully satisfied. In the crowded world of Nordic crime, Invisible Murder rises above as a don’t-miss title." — BookReporter “Nina Borg is climbing higher and higher on my list of favorite crime fiction characters.” — Kittling Books "Invisible Murder, the sequel to The Boy in the Suitcase, is a gripping thriller which sets the various narrative threads running before entwining them in a nail-biting race against time climax." — EuroCrime “A fascinating insight into current Danish culture.” — Thinking About BooksAbout the AuthorLene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis are the Danish duo behind the Nina Borg series. Friis is a journalist by training, while Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of fifteen, with more than two million books sold worldwide. Their first collaboration, The Boy in the Suitcase, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and has been translated into twenty-seven languages.
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The Boy in the Suitcase

The Boy in the Suitcase

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is a compulsive do-gooder who can't say no when someone asks for help--even when she knows better. When her estranged friend Karin leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous project yet. Inside the locker is a suitcase, and inside the suitcase is a three-year-old boy: naked and drugged, but alive. Is the boy a victim of child trafficking? Can he be turned over to authorities, or will they only return him to whoever sold him? When Karin is discovered brutally murdered, Nina realizes that her life and the boy's are in jeopardy, too. In an increasingly desperate trek across Denmark, Nina tries to figure out who the boy is, where he belongs, and who exactly is trying to hunt him down.
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The Considerate Killer

The Considerate Killer

Lene Kaaberbøl

Lene Kaaberbøl

The thrilling final installment of the New York Times bestselling Scandinavian crime seriesIn an attempt to save their marriage, Nina Borg and her husband traveled to a beach resort in the Philippines for a dream vacation. Only now, six months later, does Nina begin to understand the devastating repercussions of that trip--repercussions that have followed her home across the globe to Denmark. On an icy winter day, she is attacked outside the grocery store. The last thing she hears before losing consciousness is her assailant asking her forgiveness. Only later does she understand that this isn't for what he's just done, but for what he plans to do to.As Nina tries to trace the origin of sinister messages she's received, she realizes the attempt on her life must be linked to events in Manila, and to three young men whose dangerous friendship started in medical school. Time and circumstance have forced them to make impossible choices that have cost human...
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