A Great Scandinavian Thriller: “Where Monsters Dwell” By Jorgen Brekke

You need to read “Where Monsters Dwell” By Jorgen Brekke! Especially if you like Dan Brown, Steve Berry or Scandinavian thrillers. A runaway bestseller in Norway, Jorgen Brekke’s Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over fourteen countries. Now available by Minotaur Books in the U.S., we were pleased to review this title recently.

A Brief Summary:

A murder at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Norway, is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books.

Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book—The Book of John—which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin.

Our Take:

A new high quality voice in Scandinavian crime has arrived…

In general, we are a great fan of Scandinavian police procedurals: We found this new title featuring detective Odd Singsaker engaging and with a unique storyline. It certainly kept us interested to the end.

The story moves between Richmond, Virginia and Trondheim, Norway where two gruesome murders have been committed. The murders are apparently connected to a 16th century book bound in human skin and linked to a monk. The story shifts between the three and makes for a compelling reading.

Our Rating: 4.0

Note: Make sure to check out The Ultimate Guide To Jorgen Brekke Books here.

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