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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.
on April 18, 2011 :
These short stories are so cute. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries with a good twist, pick up these ones. You'll be able to read through the lot in about an hour or two.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 15, 2011 :
This is a volume of 13 short stories that will have you saying, “ahh,” “hmmm,” and laughing out loud.
I sat down to read one story and had finished half the book before I realized it. They are humorous stories of mushrooms, misunderstanding, a woman’s love for her dog, and red slippers to mention a few.
With works like CANDIED CRIME, I have a better appreciation of e-books. According to Dorte’s blog, she is thinking of a second volume featuring her more serious flash fiction - can’t wait. This is a fun read.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
on March 05, 2011 :
These are delightful laugh-out-loud stories. I’d never heard of flash fiction until I struck Dorte Jakobsen’s crime blog a few months ago. I was intrigued and had many a giggle so it was a pleasure to find Candied Crime in one volume, many of the stories I hadn’t yet read. The titles are engaging and the character names are a total scream –Kickinbottom, Dr So Wat, Barbara Cartwheel, DCI Derek Gruesome, Jack the Hipper … . You know you just have to find out more.
It’s hard to pick a favourite story here but if I had to, I loved A Nightly Burglar – check out that escape route! Candied Crime has a nice dollop of wit, charm and humour. Highly recommend. I’m looking forward to Volume 2!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 04, 2011 :
The title of this collection is appropriate because Dorte Jakobsen’s stories are like a dish of candy. After you gobble up one or two, you’ll find yourself saying – Just one more.
The book takes its title from a Scandinavian candy bar (Daim/Dajm) and offers thirteen cozy and humorous crime stories, with backdrops that range from a knitting club to a school classroom to a diplomatic gathering.
Each story has a twist. Each one makes the reader smile at the quirky characters and their innocent and mostly not-so-innocent behavior. My favorites are Grammy, The Knitting Club, and A Nightly Burger. Although there’s also The Princess on the Pea, Trick or Treat … well, you get the idea.
An excellent crime writer, one to watch.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on Feb. 11, 2011 :
I sincerely hope we see a lot more of Dorte Jakobsen's writing in publication in the near future. It is hard to write a review of this book as there is so much variety in the flash fiction stories, from vignettes which stir the imagination to longer pieces which introduce the residents of Knavesborough, the location of a cozy that Dorte is currently working on.
Humorous crime isn't usually my cup of tea but this is delightful reading, and I certainly want to read more of Dorte's writing.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)