Heather Farm – a ghost story
“Short but full of wonder”
Heather Farm was a short but complex book to read. It fit my style of reading: short enough to read in one sitting, but long enough to give a very good detail of the settings and characters. (July 29th)
“Heather Farm” is a very charming story that is short and very easy to read. It’s easy to follow and has a nice beginning and a very nice ending. Dorte Jakobsen has set the story in an old house that used to be called “Heather Farm” and it sits beside a lighthouse and by the sea. The young couple who buy it have to restore it to its former beauty, but before they finish doing that, they must deal with a ghost and ghostly dreams that lead them to find some surprising things on the property.
This is a very good mystery with a not-so-scary ghost and with living relatives of the ghost who are more worrisome than the ghost could ever be. I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes short stories. Its charm and setting make me want to read it again. (July 18th)
This is a very concise and well-written short story. The author’s words are spare but at the same time well-chosen and meaningful. The writing is not overly dramatic, yet the mood she sets is haunting just the same. If you like a true ghost story, that feeling of the past lingering in the present in order finally to settle things, you’ll enjoy this story. It’s moody and just a little bitter-sweet. A good read. (July 9th)
This is a quick, sweet story. It’s about a young couple who buys their first house, where the wife is visited by an old woman who used to own it. After that the wife starts dreaming about the family who lived there before. It’s a ghost story but not in the horror genre-it’s not at all scary, at least to me. It is self-contained, unlike a lot of the freebie short stories out there that are teasers to get you to buy the novels. It’s a 10 minute read that is well worth checking out. (July 7th)
Article in Danish newspaper: Thybo helt til tops på Amazon
Aktuelt er det spøgelses-krimi-novellen “Heather Farm”, og torsdag gik det så op for amazon.com’s besøgende, at den er gratis, hvorefter den time for time krøb længere og længere op på listen.
Heather Farm hit Amazon´s bestseller rank of free Kindle books July 7 (from # 255 to # 51. From # 2 to ” 1 of free ghost stories).
Reviews of Liquorice Twists
Linda Rae Blair´s review:
I just LOVE the way Dorte can take you in one direction and just second later end the story with a quick twist in the other direction! She’s a master a these quick little twists of murder and mayhem. A definite “to be read” for anyone with a wicked sense of humor and a love for murder mysteries. Each tale take but a few paragraphs and on to the next. Prepare for liquorice whiplash!
Clarissa Draper´s review of Liquorice Twists
She really gets into the head of the characters and so in this set we see life and death through the eyes of children, old cat hoarders, scared women and men in love. The stories are not long so you could read the whole set in an evening.
Kerrie, Mysteries in Paradise, reviews Liquorice Twists
The stories I liked best:
In a Flash: This is the opening story that illustrates the dangers of insecurity combined with an overwrought imagination.
Catastrophe: Never allow your cats to multiply!
Cutbacks: Beware of pushing your husband too far with your extravagant spending!
Reviews of Candied Crime
Cathryn Grant reviews Candied Crime
Each story has a twist. Each one makes the reader smile at the quirky characters and their innocent and mostly not-so-innocent behavior. My favorites are Grammy, The Knitting Club, and A Nightly Burger. Although there’s also The Princess on the Pea, Trick or Treat … well, you get the idea.
Fatal Friday March 4th
A Certain Book – review
A good fix or antidote I tell you, much like consuming a delicious plate of tiramisu (with extra cognac or brandy) ‘during a break’ or ‘after’ one of those roller coaster, sometimes-gory thrillers. Now, if I had to choose which was my favourite, that would be hard to do, but with a gun to my head, I’d probably go for A Nightly Burglar. It’s one of the shortest stories and garnered the most belly laughs from me. Some of the names in the stories are a delightful scream: Kickinbottom, Dr So Wat, Barbara Cartwheel, DCI Derek Gruesome, Jack the Hipper … I am new to this kind of fun story-telling so I am enthralled by it all. Candied Crime – DJ’s Daim Stories vol. 1 has a nice dollop of wit, charm and humour. Thanks for the ride Dorte. I look forward to Volume 2.
Candied Crime Feb 14th
Mysteries in Paradise – review
I sincerely hope we see a lot more of Dorte Jakobsen’s writing in publication in the near future. It is hard to write a review of this book as there is so much variety in the flash fiction stories, from vignettes which stir the imagination to longer pieces which introduce the residents of Knavesborough…
Humorous crime isn’t usually my cup of tea but this is delightful reading, and I certainly want to read more of Dorte’s writing.
Candied Crime Feb 12th
Thoughts in Progress – review
CANDIED CRIME is a volume of 13 short stories that will have you saying, “ahh,” “hmmm,” and laughing out loud. I sat down to read one story and had finished half the book before I realized it.
Sunday Salon, Sharing Two Books Feb 6th
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Thisted Dagblad (local newspaper)