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It’s the morning after Oistra, the big oyster festival on Heimö, the main island of Doggerland. Detective inspector Karen Eiken Hornby wakes up in a hotel room with a monumental hangover, only matched in size by the regrets she has about the events the night before.
The same morning, a woman is found brutally murdered in her own kitchen, on another part of the island. The news about the murder hits the small, close-knit community hard. Karen is put in charge of the case, a case not made easier by the fact that Karen’s boss used to be married to the victim. He is also the very same man Karen woke up next to in the hotel. The complications mount up, and Karen knows the investigation runs a risk of getting tangled in the multiple personal connections.
Karen starts unwinding the leads in the brutal case, threatening to unearth secrets long buried. Perhaps the story began in the islands’ secretive commune in the 70’s. Perhaps it has its roots in a phone call in the spring this year. And, maybe there’s some truth to be found in the whispered conversations in the pub The Hare and Crow.
Try as she might, Karen can find no motive for the killing, and she must dig deep into the islands’ history to find the answers. The layers of deception run deep.
Doggerland: Deception is the first book in a planned series, with detective inspector Karen Eiken Hornby in the lead.
The setting, Doggerland, is a creation of the author’s imagination; a clever play on Dogger Bank, a sandbank situated in the North Sea between the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandinavia.
In the author’s hands, it has turned into an actual island nation, the remaining part of the land mass that used to connect Great Britain to continental Europe. Doggerland consists of the islands Heimö, Noorö and Frisel. Its culture and language have its roots in Britain and Scandinavia, making it an ideal spot to set a Nordic Noir crime series with a twist.