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  • Clever Plot

    Murder swirls around one of Copenhagen's leading medical centers. One night a man is killed by induced heart medication. A week before that, a paperboy comes across a body ... a dead woman found in a fountain. Medical examination finds that all the blood has been drained from her body. And then a third body is discovered. What connects these cases? Detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner are called in to investigate. Both detectives are in the midst of personal issues. Korner has just gone through a divorce and Werner is on maternity leave .... with a demanding infant and demanding husband, both Korner and Werner are anxious to hit the road running. While Jeppe pounds the streets looking for answers, Anette decides to do a little freelance sleuthing. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to fathom. It's a clever plot, but a little uneven for my tastes. The characters are solidly drawn and I liked the blend of professional and personal lives. It gave the characters another dimension. There's a bit of suspense, with a few twists and turns along the way. There were a few areas that were confusing ... maybe the translation was off .... This is the second in this series, it serves well as a stand alone. Many thanks to the author / Gallery Books / Scout Press Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own. 3.5 stars

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  • Loving this series

    The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg is the second in the Detectives Kørner & Werner series. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Simon and Schuster (Gallery/Scout Press) and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books) Inspector Jeppe Kørner is with the Copenhagen Police Department, and recently divorced.  According to his colleague,   Anette Werner,  Jeppe is too sensitive and a wimp.   Jeppe thinks of her as a loud bulldozer.  Annette has been married for over 20 years.  Their boss thinks their diverse personalities complement each other, so usually assigns them cases together. Other members of their team consist of overly-ambitious Detective Thomas Larsen, old-timer Detective Torben Falck, and computer whiz Sara Saidani. My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) The naked body of a woman is found floating in a fountain in the middle of Copenhagen.  She has small symmetrical cuts on her wrists and hips, leading them to believe she was drained of her blood, elsewhere.  She won't be the last body found with these cuts. It looks like the deaths may have something to do with The Butterfly House, a now defunct mental institution for children and teens. However, tracking down both residents and staff is proving difficult since it has been closed for over 3 years. Jeppe Kørner is partnering with Torben Falck while Annette Werner is off on maternity leave.  He is finding it a challenge.  But then, so is Annette, who was surprised to be pregnant, and now surprised with how much work it is to care for a newborn.  That, and the fact that she wants to be working, leads her to some behind-the-scenes investigating, which will lead to putting her life in danger, and a rather unhappy husband. Meanwhile, Jeppe has found himself in a new relationship but trying to keep it secret.  As well, since he sold his house, his new apartment is not yet ready, so he's been staying with his mother.  This has not been going well. My Opinions:    I am really enjoying this series.  Although Annette's attitude and actions grate on me, she's still a good character.  Jeppe, however, is fast becoming a favorite.  We are learning more about them. It was interesting to see other characters from the first book come back in the second.  This was a surprise, and welcome. The book really centered around mental health issues and institutions, and how greed and ego's play a part which can detract from the patients well-being.  That was a little dark. As with the first book, the translation was great.  The only thing I had to look up was "cargo bike", but once I saw a picture of it, I realized I should have known..... Again, the plot and pace were good, and the book was hard to put down.  There were, however, a lot of characters, and some didn't really mesh with the main story, so they were a little hard to place. So far only two of the books in this series have been translated into English.  I certainly hope the don't stop now!

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  • Brilliant!

    I love discovering new authors, going blind on a book and being surprised. This is the second book of a series and my first by this author. The storyline is smart and very well developed and so are the characters. The prologue starts on October 14, and the development starts in chronological order from October 10 to October 14, from chapter one until the end. Although slow for most of the part, I was hooked and I did not want to let it go. By the end it was pure adrenaline, but I thought that the conclusion was too fast, although brilliant. Annette, one of the DI that was on maternity leave, received a terrific lecture from her husband. This edition was translated from its original language, Swedish, and I think that the translator did a great job because I enjoyed the writing. Now I’m looking forward to reading the first book, The Tenant, which has been sitting on my shelves since its release.

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  • Scandinavian noir

    The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg is the second instalment in the Detectives Korner and Werner series but it reads well as a standalone. In Copenhagen, a body is found submerged in a fountain and it has shockingly been drained of all of its blood. Exsanguination has been accomplished with the aid of an ancient tool. Before long, the same crime is repeated, leading Detective Jeppe Korner and his team to investigate what links the victims. And will there be more? Meanwhile, Detective Anette Werner, who is on maternity leave, takes it upon herself to attempt solving the crimes on her own. These characters are multi-faceted and their life stories become part of the novel. The plot is original and the clues are solid yet misleading, which is what makes for a great detective mystery. Copenhagen is at the forefront and acquaints the reader with this unique city. This was a dark and fascinating police procedural and I look forward to more books by Katrine Engberg. This is Scandinavian noir at its best. Highly recommended. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Great story

    I understand that this a series with the two detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner. I didn't read the first book in the series but was able to pick up and read the book. I found the story interesting and there were a fair number of character to follow with a few sub-stories as well that were also interesting. I really enjoyed the this mystery/suspense book it had me guessing and it had a great flow.

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