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Anna Märklin's Family Chronicles [Kindle Edition]

Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A psychological mystery, set in Scandinavia.

This is the story of a young Danish woman, whose life is falling apart. Anna Storm is unemployed, her father is seriously ill, and her best friend and neighbour receives mysterious threats. Anna is a very ordinary antihero, so even when her friend dies unexpectedly, she keeps burying her head in the sand.

Then she finds her Swedish grandmother's old notesbooks, however. Anna is spellbound by the beautiful drawings and the sweet story of her grandmother's everyday life. Finally, she has found a worthy project to engage in. As she reads her grandmother's family chronicles, it dawns on her that the books are not suitable for children at all, but that the sinister story which is hidden between the lines may give Anna a much needed push. Anna wakes up - but is it too late?

For readers of my Knavesborough series: please note that this book is not a cosy mystery, and I do not recommend it for children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2311 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483986195
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Candied Crime (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After some years as a teacher, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen has embarked on a new career as a writer of crime fiction. She lives in Denmark, near the North Sea, and she writes mysteries in English as well as her native language.

In 2010 she sold her first stories to American magazines and publishers. She set out writing some cosy mysteries and collections of short stories. Her most popular cosy is "Murder deLight" (also titled "The Cosy Knave") - a humorous and cosy novel featuring village constable Archibald Penrose and his plucky fiancée, the librarian Rhapsody Gershwin.

In 2012 she published her first serious psychological mystery, "Anna Märklin's Family Chronicles", a bestseller set in Denmark. "Anna Märklin" is a standalone, whereas Jakobsen's latest book, "North Sea Cottage" is the first in a planned series about the amateur detective and writer Tora Skammelsen from an isolated village in Jutland. The Tora Skammelsen series has been well received in Denmark, and more stories will be published soon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A psychological mystery 7 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Anna Märklin's Family Chronicles has depth both in mystery and in characterisation and the setting is superb. I was transported in time and place as I read and fearful for Anna's safety as she dug deeper into the mysteries surrounding her. Set in Denmark in the present day with flashbacks to Sweden (where her father's family came from) during the early part of at the beginning of the twentieth century, Anna Storm finds herself with beset with problems. Her father is seriously ill and strangely secretive about his family backgroundAnna longs to know more and when she finds her grandmother's journal she is enthralled. But digging into the past can reveal secrets that you might not want to know.

At the same time she is concerned about Karin, her best friend and neighbour, whose life is under threat for reasons Karin doesn't divulge. When Anna can't contact Karin, either by phone or at home, she eventually uses Karin's spare key to enter her flat and finds her lying dead on the kitchen floor. it looks as though she slipped and hit her head - but was it really an accident? I really enjoyed this book and hope that Dorte Jakobsen will write more in this vein.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing Scandinavian saga 17 May 2013
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I found this an engrossing and challenging read. It's challenging both in the complexity and in the subject matter.
Anna wants to investigate her family history, but there has always been a mystery concerning her grandmother. It's only when her father is dying that she is given notebooks containing drawings and text recorded by her grandmother when she was a young girl.
The account of Anna's modern life is interspersed with extracts from the notebooks and a chilling similarity emerges; both are living in an atmosphere permeated with violence, sexual deviancy and death. Although separated by a hundred years, and living in times of very different social attitudes, there is a common theme of families hiding guilty secrets - secrets that lead to violent death.
The writing is very accomplished. The extracts from the journal cover a period of years and that is clearly shown as the writing of the girl develops from the cheery, chatty style of the young girl (with crossings-out in place) to the frightened tension of the under-threat twelve-year-old.
There are descriptive passages so beautiful that they demand to be re-read and savoured.
Set mainly in Denmark, the names of the characters, the locations, the social attitudes and the use of English combine to create a Scandinavian feel that is tangible on every page. Kindle opens the book at the prologue, but before that there is a glossary containing the Danish words used in the text for which there is no direct English translation.
This wasn't a relaxing read. I felt that it was making demands of me, but those demands were very well repaid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tough story 26 April 2013
By Stella
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This book is not an easy read although it is a family saga, in fact it tells the story
of two families who are connected by a friendship between the modern Anna and Karin
who live in the same block of flats. Many of the characters in the chronicles either behave
dysfunctionally or suffer from mental illness in various forms. Thus this book is not to be confused with the light Knavesborough
stories, it is a very serious book. It is, however, a gripping page turner and will keep you reading on and on to
find out what happens next. Thus it is exhausting emotionally but an excellent read.
(The translation into English is beautifully done but note that the story and text are
culturally Danish/Scandinavian, I picked up some interesting cultural details too, including the very
sensible naming conventions for Grandparents, Farmor, Farfar, Mormor, Morfar, saves all the problems with
multiple Granny and Grandads)
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