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North Sea Cottage (Tora Skammelsen Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tora Skammelsen, a young writer, retreats to her aunt's cottage to get away from it all. Here, on the Danish North Sea coast, she tries to make sense of her life and rid herself of the ghosts of her past. When the old stable catches fire leading to the discovery of a skeleton, Tora is faced with ghosts that go even further back, to the time of World War Two. Now she must uncover her own family secrets, but will she learn the truth in time to save herself?

North Sea Cottage is a novella by award-winning Danish author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen. Volume two in the series was published in December 2014 (the short story The Woman Behind The Curtain). If you are looking for something similar to North Sea Cottage, you may enjoy Anna Märklin's Family Chronicles, a stand-alone published in 2012, and Crystal Nights, published in 2015.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A war-time murder comes to light 17 Jun. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, a novella set in Denmark, split between the present day and 1943/4. The cottage in the title is owned by Tora’s aunt, Bergatora. As soon as I began reading I was immediately transported in place away to the other side of the North Sea to Denmark with Tora, and in time back to the Second World War, with her aunt, Bergatora. In just a few words Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen draws a vivid picture of the old fisherman’s cottage surrounded by dense sea fog.

Tora is struggling to overcome her own problems when she is faced with a new problem. The old stable next to the cottage catches fire during a thunder storm and in the aftermath of the fire Tora finds a skeleton in the potato cellar under the ruined stable. Who is it who had died in the cellar? Bergatora is reluctant to talk about the war years and her brother, Tora’s father, was too young at the time to help. It was a time when Denmark was under German occupation and a resistance movement was under way. Inspector Thomas Bilgren suspects the victim may have been related to the German occupation.

Tora, helped by Bilgren attempts to discover the truth, but is hampered by the strong character of her aunt and the silence surrounding what happened during the war. I loved this aspect of the book – the delving back into history, the way the narrative switches backwards and forwards, gradually revealing what had happened. North Sea Cottage is only about 90 pages but it has depth both in mystery and in characterisation and the setting is so atmospheric. I was fearful for Tora’s safety as she dug deeper into the mysteries from the past.
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By Cygnet
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This was my first time reading anything by Dorte Hammelshoj Jakobsen, and I am sure it won't be my last. It is not very complex nor taxing, but it is a good read if you are looking for some gentle distraction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant short read 24 Jun. 2015
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Well written with a potentially good plot, but not really gritty enough for me. Blurb says the author is a retired teacher and it shows.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 15 Nov. 2014
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I quite enjoyed this book, though I thought the ending was somewhat predictable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't too bad 16 Jan. 2015
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It wasn't too bad. Quite short by crime writing standards. Clearly written. It lacked the process of a detective or detectives gradually piecing together what happened and why. We had all of that in the last two chapters. Still, I 'd try another one by this author to see how things go.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Un-taxing read 10 May 2015
By Blyth
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It wasn't too bad. Quite short by crime writing standards. Clearly written. It lacked the process of a detective or detectives gradually piecing together what happened and why. We had all of that in the last two chapters. I'm not sure that I'd read another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Nov. 2014
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A very good read will look for more by this author
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Joo
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I had looked at this author's "Cosy Knave" series but couldn't get into them as they were a bit too whimsical for my tastes, however this one sounded intriguing and I wasn't disappointed.
This is a dual time story where you get the now and the previously and as the story progresses you get more clues as to what happened and whodunnit.

This is a novella, but I didn't feel like it was too short. In fact I thought it was a well rounded tale and will certainly read more of this genre by this author
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