Dorte’s release Candied Crime is a collection of thirteen short stories. Some of them are only a page long; others are a bit longer. All of them are well-written and are sprinkled with humour, surprises and interesting twists.
The Knitting Club – Some very interesting things happen to the women in Mildred’s weekly knitting club. But Mildred herself is not without stories to share…
Grammy – A dowdy German teacher is the object of her class’ scorn and ridicule…until her husband dies and the class sees a different side of her.
Mushrooms and Toadstools – Arnold buys a beautiful old book for nearly nothing and develops a new hobby. Then he sees what the consequences of it could be.
The Princess on the Pea – A bride at her wedding…a perfect future ahead with one of the “best” families…and then the ‘phone rings.
A Nightly Burger – This burglary was supposed to be an easy job. No alarm, plenty to steal….but that’s not how it turns out.
End of Christmas – A Tragic Tale in Approximately Four Parts – Constable Archibald Primrose has a strange case on his hands. A body’s been found near the home of Arnold and Mildred Kickinbottom, and Primrose doesn’t have a lot of experience investigating deaths. And a dead man on his property is the last thing Arnold needs, what with his wife’s thoroughly annoying relations at the house for Christmas.
Spring Cleaning – Spring is good time to clear out the house and get rid of unwanted…trash.
Shots – Annabella Kickinbottom is fed up with life and down to her last chance at her job at the home of Sir Bellini. She decides to take out her frustrations by taking a shot at the family cat; turns out it’s a decision that has unexpected consequences.
Trick or Treat – A boy knocks at the door of a mysterious house on a dare – and walks into a trick he never expected.
Tea for Ten – Earl and Lady Grey and their daughter Jasmine play hosts to a tea party for some visiting Chinese dignitaries, and poison is on the menu!
Toffee’s Christmas – Christmas comes to Knavesborough – and so does Toffee Brown, a mysterious and eccentric new resident. And then one day she’s found dead…
Casualty – A birthday party goes horribly wrong. Things get even worse when the hostess just can’t stop talking about what happened.
The Red Shoes – A pair of beautiful red shoes is key to the mystery of the poisoning of Olivia Cadbury-Flake while she’s attending a car-park attendants’ convention.
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As if being a talented writer weren’t enough, Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen is also an excellent blogger and book reviewer. Her blog, DJ’s Krimiblog, is one of my must-visits on my daily blog rounds. It’s chock-full of fine reviews, beautiful ‘photos, terrific flash fiction and of course, DJ’s Bait-in-the-Box, a brain-teasing crime fiction game. What’s more, Dorte blogs and writes in her own Danish as well as English, and that’s a lot more than I can say for myself.
I am honoured to be a part of the same crime fiction community as Dorte. If you haven’t “met” her yet, you should.