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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451683960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451683967
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,423,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Blaedel is the number one Danish bestseller and author of the Detective Louise Rick crime series, which has been published to acclaim around the world. In her native Denmark her books have sold over a million copies and she has been voted Denmark's most popular novelist three times since 2007. Sara is also an ambassador for Save the Children and lives in Copenhagen with her family.

To find out more visit www.sarablaedel.com or follow Sara on Twitter @sarablaedel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the first novel of Sara Blædel featuring her detective Louise Rick to be translated into English. Call Me Princess (original title Kald mig prinsesse) was originally published in it's native Denmark in 2005 and is the second in the ongoing series involving Louise. Other, as yet untranslated titles include -
1. Green Dust (Grønt støv 2004)
3. Only One Life (Kun ét liv 2007)
4. Never Free Again (Aldrig mere fri 2008)
5. Goddess of Revenge (Hævnens Gudinde 2009)
6. Angel of Death (Dødsenglen 2010)

The story involves around online dating and the search for a serial rapist who is selecting his victims through an online dating service. Louise's partner, best friend Camilla and her son also feature in the story and add a bit of background to Louise. The novel is a fairly easy read and makes me keen to read her next in the series.
Although based in Copenhagen, the book could be set in any mid-sized / large city. There is little in the book to suggest that the book is particularly Danish.
2011 has provoded us with a wealth of Danish crime fiction with BBC's hit import The Killing [DVD] [2010], Jussi Adler-Olsen's Mercy and Sissel-Jo Gazan's The Dinosaur Feather. Later in 2011 two further Danish authors add to the smörgåsbord - Lene Kaaberbøl's
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cartoon on 2 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
There is very little of Copenhagen in this book , very little of what makes scandi thrillers thrilling ,very little of any thing really . The plot is a page turner [ I began to flick towards the end ] and so I was rather disappointed . The actual story of the serial rapeist internet dater is maybe ok for an afternoon read by the pool , but this certainly isnt a story of complexity and as a fan of danish The Killing / the bridge etc I had been expecting much much more .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Solid procedural, intriguing subject 15 Dec. 2012
By Keris Nine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sara Blaedel is one of the most highly rated and bestselling crime writers in Denmark, which means that her work is not only going to have to distinguish itself from the shelves filled with Scandinavian crime fiction, but with a strong female cop as the protagonist in her books, expectations are going to be raised and comparisons made to The Killing. Dealing with a case that is less sensationalised and rather more straightforward as a police procedural, Detective Inspector Louise Rick can't really live up to such expectations, but there are other aspects that make Call Me Princess a good solid thriller, and one that delves into some interesting areas.

That area of interest is the whole area of on-line dating and the dangers associated with rape. In Call Me Princess, a number of women have been tied up and brutally beaten while having consensual sex with a man they met on internet chat-rooms. Using aliases associated with nobility, he manages to appeal to a certain type of woman looking to for a man of old-fashioned charm and sophistication, but what develops in the bedroom is far from what the women expect. Inspector Louise Rick realises that not only are the boundaries blurred when it comes to the whole etiquette of on-line dating, but that there is a whole night-life subculture out there in Copenhagen that she is completely unaware of, and it's one that presents a particular challenge to the police.

There's nothing particularly to distinguish Sara Blaedel's female police detective from many others - Rick's dedication to her job taking its toll on her own personal relationships, her association with the press being a complicated one on account of her best friend being a journalist interested in the case - and Blaedel's detailing of the procedural issues and investigation techniques relating to rape cases is fairly straightforward, meticulous and realistic. There's real consideration for the impact of rape on its victims and Louise Rick has to juggle the sensitivity of the case and the feelings of the victims with how the crimes are reported by the press, needing to warn the public of the dangers and gain their assistance in finding the rapist.

What Blaedel does well in Call Me Princess however is manage to maintain the pace and tension of the investigation alongside the crime procedural without getting bogged down in technicalities, or indeed without resorting to sensationalised writing. There are a few aspects that inevitably make the case more personal for DI Rick which are more than a little coincidental, but by and large, Call Me Princess handles the difficult issues raised here very well, offering an intriguing insight not only into the dangers of on-line dating and rape, but also the difficulties faced by any police force now dealing with crime involving the anonymity of social media.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not Believable 20 Feb. 2013
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Oddly, though Blaedel is Danish, this story could as easily been set in any American city rather than Copenhagen. The place names were Danish but there was no wisp of Scandinavia. The plot was so so but only just. I hate the title. It's too twee and only becomes relevant late in the story. Homicide Detective Louise Rick and her partner investigate a rape. Soon the case grows legs when rapist's next victim dies and other women speak out about enduring similar attacks. The plot circles around the dangers of internet dating and its subculture. Blaedel states that there are two types of internet daters. One group post profiles to meet someone for a long term relationship then disappear from the dating sites when they find one. The other group becomes addicted to the online dating process and put profiles up in multiple places for long periods of time. They're serial daters who are not interested in the people they meet but the process of online dating. The rapist belongs to this second group. He's an online predator and knows how to disappear into the ethers after his crimes. Detective Rick's relationships with her best friend Camilla and her live in lover Peter also seem off. There's no evident affection between them and though Rick's well characterized neither Camilla nor Peter are. It wasn't a bad story it just wasn't good. Definitely steer clear of it if you're looking for one of the many great new Scandinavian books.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book 28 Mar. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was very exciting. I could hardly put it down. I wish more of Sara Blaedel's books would be translated to English.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel: A review 17 Nov. 2014
By PlantBirdWoman - Published on Amazon.com
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Much as I liked the character Harry Hole, I finally had to give up on Jo Nesbo's series. The sadism of the later books just got to be too much for me. I enjoy crime thrillers, but I don't enjoy reading about the crimes themselves, told in intricate and loving detail. I want to read about the solving of the crime and the personalities and interrelationships of the solvers of the mysteries.

So, I had been looking around for a replacement among Scandinavian mystery writers and recently there was a long article in The New York Times Sunday Book Review which discussed some of the most popular authors currently on the Scandinavian scene. After reading the article, I noted several of their names and decided to start my search for a Nesbo replacement among them.

After some consideration, I decided to give Sara Blaedel a try. She's a Danish author who writes about a woman detective (a plus for me) in the Copenhagen police department. From what I read of her in the article, she sounded promising.

One of the drawbacks of reading a Danish author, of course, is that I have to find translations of her work. Whenever one reads a translation, the reader should be a bit reticent about making judgments about the quality of the writing. If there are problems with the story, is it the author's fault or is it an infelicitous translation? And the truth is that I really don't know. I have no way of judging.

What I can say is that the language of this novel, as read in this translation, seemed really stilted, pedantic, and amateurish. It did not flow as one would expect from a best-selling author.

A case in point was the inappropriate overuse of certain good old-fashioned Anglo-Saxonisms describing the sex act. Mostly used as adjectives, those words were just tossed into the dialog, often for no apparent reason, seemingly just to make the characters appear more like hip, street-wise cops. But having just spent my summer watching HBO's "The Wire" in which those words are organic elements of the speech patterns of the characters, the characters in Call Me Princess just seemed like children trying to sound like grownups.

And if I had hoped to escape descriptions of sadistic crimes, my hopes were immediately dashed.

The book begins with several pages of description of a brutal rape. A young woman is bound and gagged, then raped repeatedly and left in her apartment where she remains for hours before her mother finds her the next day. Detective Inspector Louise Rick is assigned to the case and learns that the victim met the rapist on a popular online dating site. It seems likely that the rapist is using this site to target specific women and that there may have been other such attacks.

Before the perpetrator can be tracked and stopped, he strikes again, but this time the victim dies and the police search becomes even more urgent.

Mixed in with this tale of heinous crimes, we get side stories of Louise's rather boring personal life and her problems with boyfriends - none of which are really very engaging.

My first experience with Sara Blaedel, then, was disappointing. I may eventually give her another chance and read some of the later books - after all, writers do tend to improve with experience - but the search for a Nesbo replacement goes on. I'll give some of the other guys a shot at the position.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
misleading 23 Mar. 2014
By Pam Balog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Probably not your fault but it is the same book by another name- Blue Blood. Not even a similar name so I thought it was another of hers.
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