Saturday, 17 December 2016

Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen releases new novella

Award-winning Danish author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen has announced the release of her second Tora Skammelsen novella, Miller's Cottage, which is about the curious writer from Thy, the north-western corner of Denmark. Dorte, who writes and reviews crime and mystery, lives in this beautiful region.

"The story can be read as a stand-alone, but for readers with an interest in Tora’s private affairs it may be a good idea to read North Sea Cottage first," Dorte says on her blog djskrimiblog.

In the nearly 100-page novella, "Tora buys her home near the North Sea, but village life does not quite live up to her expectations. Soon she develops a keen interest in the activities of her peculiar neighbour Margrethe. Why does the widow try to hide the fact that a man is living with her? Besides there is Rune, the charming sales rep at the Old Mill Inn, who all but sweeps Tora off her feet while her friend, Police Inspector Thomas Bilgren, is preoccupied with a bank robbery."


In North Sea Cottage, Book 1 released in June 2014, "Tora Skammelsen...retreats to her aunt's cottage to get away from it all. Here, on the Danish North Sea coast, she tries to make sense of her life and rid herself of the ghosts of her past. When the old stable catches fire leading to the discovery of a skeleton, Tora is faced with ghosts that go even further back, to the time of World War Two. Now she must uncover her own family secrets, but will she learn the truth in time to save herself?"

I like the thought of reading about a young writer dealing with family secrets on the picturesque North Sea coast. It sounds mysteriously haunting.

Dorte has also written two short stories featuring Tora — The Woman Behind the Curtain and Football Widow. Here's what these stories are about.


The Woman Behind the Curtain describes one week in Tora's life. "(She) returns home to her parents to unwind after her harrowing experiences in volume one, but life in the sleepy suburb seems tedious and repetitive—until the morning when a neighbour does not draw her bedroom curtains."

In the second story, "A football star is injured and returns to Thy after a glorious international career. His wife revives her friendship with Police Inspector Thomas Bilgren. Soon she asks Thomas and Tora for a lift home from the sports centre. An ugly surprise is waiting for them in the couple's kitchen."

This is the order of the four Tora Skammelsen novellas and short stories for Amazon Kindle.

1. North Sea Cottage — Book 1, June 2014
2. The Woman Behind The Curtain — Book 2, December 2014
3. Football Widow, Book 3 — May 2016
4. Miller's Cottage, Book 4 — December 2016

The 3Cs has previously featured blog friend Dorte and her books here and here. Readers can buy her books at Amazon and read her blog at djskrimiblog.

10 comments:

  1. So glad you featured Dorte's work, Prashant! She has a lot of talent, and I'm pleased to see a new entry into her Tora series.

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    1. Thank you, Margot. I have read only a couple of Dorte's short stories and hope to read more of her work. I like the setting of her stories. After all, it's Denmark, isn't it?

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  2. A new series for me. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Mystica, I haven't read this series yet. Dorte has a pleasing and engaging writing style.

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    2. For your information: My first series in English (the Knavesborough mysteries) were cosy and humorous stories. This series is more serious but depend on plot, environment and characters rather than gore :)

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    3. Thank you, Dorte. I enjoyed reading "Green Acres" and "Ding Dong Bell, The Kitten in the Well" which were set in the fictional village of Knavesborough. I like reading mysteries with humour.

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  3. Oh, this sounds good. Checking it out

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    1. Charles, I look forward to reading the series. Dorte creates some interesting characters.

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  4. Thank you for introducing me to a new writer, Prashant.

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    1. You're welcome, David. Dorte writes cozy and psychological mysteries among other genres.

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