Karlis Kadegis


I'm from Latvia. BA Degree in English language & Literature acquired abroad. A tennis junkie. Interested in peace and conflict studies, politics, writing, editing and photography. My passion for crime fiction is inspired by Sherlock Holmes stories and British TV dramas. My passion for other fiction is not inspired by anyone in particular. Fantastic sense of humour.

As an author, I still consider myself novice. Therefore I very much like to experiment with styles, ideas and whatnot.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Afterwards I really wanted to be a detective.

Very little has changed, it seems.
When did you first start writing?
I started out when I was 14, I think. Back then I wrote articles and reviews for a video game website (because that way I got games for free!). These days, however, my passion for video games has vanished.
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Where to find Karlis Kadegis online


Indolent shot at reconciliation: Mysteries solved by convict Albert
Albert used to be an assassin, well-known for his use of wit, logic, creativity and practicality to carry out his work. Now, however, he serves life imprisonment in Latvian jail and has lost all value in the eyes of the only woman he has ever loved. Yet, Albert sees crime and mystery solving as a chance to reconcile with her.

Living Among Wasps

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The Colossal Crutch

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7 Short Stories: From Petrograd to Rostov-on-Don
Price: Free! Words: 15,250. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » General
7 short stories that are connected by a train riding from Petrograd to Rostov-on-Don on March 14, 1918. While essentially separate entries, these stories hint at how a single event, no matter how mundane, can intertwine different people's lives.
The Legend of The “Grau Kiefer” Inn
Series: Indolent shot at reconciliation: Mysteries solved by convict Albert. Price: Free! Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Seven blistered corpses are found in a derelict hogweed field. Seventy-four years prior, a family of seven suddenly vanished and left their establishment - the "Grau Kiefer" inn - in the hands of fate. Are these cases related? Or the killer just wants everyone to believe they are? Those are the questions the detectives are asking.
The Colossal Crutch
Series: Indolent shot at reconciliation: Mysteries solved by convict Albert. Price: Free! Words: 5,180. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(2.00 from 1 review)
The imprisoned assassin Albert is introduced to a problem by a returning inmate. Someone has been purposefuly vandalising cars that are parked in the inmate's neighborhood, but nobody seems to understand why... Nor can anyone catch the vandal.
Living Among Wasps
Series: Indolent shot at reconciliation: Mysteries solved by convict Albert. Price: Free! Words: 9,890. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(3.00 from 1 review)
Amanda sends her husband downstairs to pick up goods from her sister's car. In the few minutes of her husband's absence, Amanda is murdered. The ongoing investigation is presented to Albert, formerly an internationally recognized assassin from Latvia, now serving life in prison, in hope that his past experiences could bring a fresh light on the baffling case.

Karlis Kadegis' tag cloud

adventure    assassin    cell    crime    detective    drama    history    hogweed    international criminal    killer    locked room    love    love hate    murder    mystery    obsession    petersburg    petrograd    prison    reconciliation    romance    rostov    short story    sleuth    suspense    train    vandalism    war   

Smashwords book reviews by Karlis Kadegis

  • Blood Red on July 09, 2016

    I liked the mood the story creates. It's very fitting for the dark deed which had taken place. There are, however, a few problems with logic behind the crime. For instance, when a body is found it still has to be connected to the culprit before somebody can be arrested. Here, it seemed like it's done immediately after. Also,*spoilers* who would actually put someone they fight with for months (and are about to move out) as insurance receiver a month before death? I would recommend this to people, who like to read something light and short while they are doing something else, like drink their morning coffee, are sunbathing etc.
  • The Dressing Table Murder on July 13, 2016

    Good! It's a good, cozy mystery that stays true to the genre. I would also like to note that the author's writing is of very high quality - something that isn't common in the "free" side of self-publishing.
  • A Very Short Collection of Shorts on Aug. 23, 2016

    As the length indicates, this is not a particularly ambitious work. However, these are good, well-written stories to waste reader's time on. Even though they are not "powerful" as the description suggests, in terms of writing, they do have quality that can be attributed to a serious writer. That isn't all that common among the free/cheap self-published works.
  • Codebreaker on Aug. 24, 2016

    This seems to be a lazy version of something that could have been interesting and, well... longer. There's only telling, with practically no showing. Nothing really happens and nothing really develops. On top of that, the plot makes very little sense. There's a wee glimpse that the author has some writing skills, but they weren't really deployed on this one.