Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen


After some years as a teacher, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen has embarked on a new career as a writer of crime fiction. She lives in Denmark, near the North Sea, and she writes mysteries in English as well as her native language.

In 2010 she sold her first stories to American magazines and publishers. She set out writing some cosy mysteries and collections of short stories. Her most popular cosy is "Murder deLight" (also titled "The Cosy Knave") - a humorous and cosy novel featuring village constable Archibald Penrose and his plucky fiancée, the librarian Rhapsody Gershwin.

In 2012 she published her first serious psychological mystery, "Anna Märklin's Family Chronicles", a bestseller set in Denmark. "Anna Märklin" is a standalone, whereas Jakobsen's latest book, "North Sea Cottage" is the first in a planned series about the amateur detective and writer Tora Skammelsen from an isolated village in Jutland. The Tora Skammelsen series has been well received in Denmark, and more stories will be published soon.

Where to find Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen online


Murder deLight (Gershwin & Penrose # 1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,510. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Please note that this book was first published under the title "The Cosy Knave". A humorous mystery set in Yorkshire. The vicious attacks begin when the prodigal son of Knavesborough returns to the sleepy village after forty years in Argentina. No wonder that spiteful Mrs Walnut-Whip is killed, but when the violence escalates, Constable Penrose needs help and calls in his fiancée Rhapsody.
De røde sko
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,870. Language: Danish. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Kriminoveller fra klicheens overdrev. Fem noveller, som er blevet til i samarbejde med læserne af min engelske krimiblog. De fleste foregår i Yorkshire. Ærkebritisk hyggekrimi, tilsat et strejf af parodi og masser af humor.
The Charity Shop
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A humorous short story of crime and suspense, featuring Constable Penrose and Rhapsody Gershwin. Set in a fictional Yorkshire village. C 4,000 words. By the writer of the bestselling ghost story "Heather Farm".
Christmas in Knavesborough
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Four Christmas crime stories featuring the Gershwins and Constable Penrose. The humorous and cosy tales take place in the fictional village of Knavesborough, Yorkshire. Light entertainment for readers who prefer their Christmas dinner with solid doses of crime and humour. 8,000 words in all.
Anna Märklins familiekrønike
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 77,830. Language: Danish. Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Dansk spændingsroman. Forfatterens danske debutkrimi følger Anna Storm fra Skive, som slås med arbejdsløshed, sygdom i familien og venindens bratte død, og hendes svenske farmor, som voksede op i Småland under første verdenskrig. Veninden Karins død ligner et hændeligt uheld, men noget ulmer under facaden.
Blandede bolsjer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,060. Language: Danish. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Rablende pendlerprosa. Cover: Elisabeth & Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen En samling af 24 ultrakorte pendlerprosa-tekster (fra 200 til 2500 ord). Sære, sjove og syrlige bolsjer for krimielskere. Måske er der også blandet maltbolsjer i bægeret? Krimi til bussen, til toget, til pausen - sammen med cigaretten, chokoladen eller cognacen (eller nyd den uden - det sunde alternativ).
The Cosy Knave
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,410. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Also titled "Murder deLight". A cosy Yorkshire mystery. The vicious attacks begin when the prodigal son of Knavesborough returns to the sleepy village after forty years in Argentina with fame and fortune. No wonder that spiteful Rose Walnut-Whip is killed, but when the violence escalates, Constable Penrose knows he needs help from his fiancée, librarian Rhapsody Gershwin. Cover: Ellen Nielse
Heather Farm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A short story of love and suspense with a dash of the supernatural. Set in the dunes near the Danish west coast. One reviewer said: "This is a quick, sweet story... It´s a 10 minute read that is well worth the time."
Liquorice Twists
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,080. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
DJ´s Daim Stories volume II (Daim is a Scandinavian candy bar) A collection of 20 flash fiction stories (from 100 to 2500 words). While the first volume was crime for fun, these ones may be called ´her darker materials´ though not hard-boiled or noir. Cover art: Elisabeth & Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen
Candied Crime
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
DJ´s Daim Stories (Daim/Dajm is a Scandinavian candy bar), the first volume in a planned series. Thirteen flash fiction stories, a collection of cosy and humorous crime, some of which have been published earlier on my blog. A reviewer said: "...much like consuming a delicious plate of tiramisu (with extra cognac or brandy)"

Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen's tag cloud

Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

  • Fatal Cut (A Suburban Noir Ghost Story #1) on June 23, 2011

    The main character, Madison Keith, gave up her office job because she felt trapped in front of her computer. Now she works in a church, feeling that here are people who need her. She may seem out of place, however, as she has several tattoos and piercings. Besides, she sees ´into people´s souls and their minds´. She expected that the church would be a welcoming and quiet place of work, but very soon she learns that someone cuts the beautiful, red roses off the bushes outside in the middle of the night. So for many reasons, the atmosphere turns out to be tense and sinister. And then death strikes. Because of Madison´s intuition (and her curiosity) she is certain she knows who committed the crime, but she is less sure the police will see it because they will be caught up in forensics and their search for hard-core evidence. This short book is a fine psychological mystery with a touch of the supernatural. Besides it offers a likeable protagonist I am looking forward to meeting again.