I have been too busy to keep it up, but my book has received some fine reviews lately. A few quotations:
“When I first began reading THE COZY KNAVE, I wondered if I was reading a satire of murder mysteries. The names of the characters made me chuckle, and I thought perhaps the story would be comical. However, it wasn’t long before I found myself getting involved in the real story and in the activities and characters of Knavesborough. …. Kudos to Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen for weaving a bit of lightheartedness into a perfectly cozy mystery.”
Amazon.com Jan 20.
“The people living in this sleepy little village all have their faults, secrets, and motives. In contrast with the coziness of the setting, the story has real suspense and danger. An excellent choice for cozy mystery lovers.”
“I think what Dorte has accomplished for mystery writing in “The Cosy Knave” is what James Heriot did for his “All Creatures Great and Small” genre. I thought of the Heriots more than once as I was reading this lovely book.”
Amazon.com Oct 18 + Oct 5.
Seana, Not New For Long:
If you like the Midsomer Murders television series, based on the mysteries of Caroline Graham (and which the The Cozy Knave actually mentions), you are a fair way toward enjoying this book already. (August 30)
Clarissa, Listening to the Voices:
This book is a perfect read for a lazy afternoon. With a cup of tea. It’s your typical cosy with lots of characters, lots of banter and of course, a murder. (August 28)
Mason, Thoughts in Progress:
Author Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen’s smooth flowing dialect and vivid details will have you smelling scones and reaching for a cup of tea. The quirky play on names (Kickinbottom, Cadbury-Flake, Warburton, etc.) is an added delight.
But don’t be fooled, THE COSY KNAVE is also filled with suspense, intrigue and enough red herrings to keep you guessing until the end. There are twists and turns, and a few surprises along the way. Penrose and Gershwin make a charming and likeable pair of sleuths. Can’t wait to see what their next adventure is. (Aug 25)
E. Craig, Amazon.com:
Cozy mysteries like “The Cosy Knave” transport readers into a kinder, gentler world for a fun escape. I loved the clever names, the plays on words, the humor, and the peaceful world that Dorte Jakobsen created. Rhapsody is a sleuth you’ll pull for. I’m looking forward to the author’s next mystery. (August 21)
Harvee, Book Dilettante:
I was amused that this humorous cozy mystery, written by a Danish writer, was pulling the leg, so to speak, of the English, in this novel set in Yorkshire. The names of the characters reminded me of food – Rose Walnut-Whip, Olivia Cadbury-Flake, Sir Mars-Wrigley, Thomas Lipton – and are amusing in other ways – Kendall Mint-Romney and Mr. and Mrs. Kickinbottom for instance. (Aug 19)
Joanne, A Certain Book:
I found this an entertaining read and chuckled throughout. It is well written and the characters are engaging. Rhapsody is strong-willed and keen as mustard, often putting herself in precarious (and hilarious) situations. Archibald is equally endearing. He cycles to work and enjoys a hearty home-cooked meal, is serious about his job and reliant on Rhapsody. The names of the characters are stellar, for example, Constables Smith, Wesson, Winchester, Remington and Enfield! There are plenty of scenes that elicit laughter, but there is a mystery to solve too, all of which keep the reader flicking back the pages. (August 10)
Barbara, Views from the Countryside:
The Cosy Knave is an e-book, an English cosy mystery written by a Danish author. Jakobsen must be a descendant of both Victor Borge and Charles Dickens. She’s a very funny writer, and she creates Dickensian names that add to the humor. That isn’t all, though. She has written a very good story in this book. (August 8th)
Margaret, Books Please:
It is, as the title suggests, a ‘cosy’ mystery and it’s an easy, fun read. But it’s not as simple as it seems for I was completely baffled about who the killer could be until very near the end. I swayed towards one character and another until I realised that’s who did it. And then there was a final revelation that I hadn’t foreseen at all! (August 8th)
Kerrie, Mysteries in Paradise:
If you enjoy traditional cozy mysteries with a touch of humour then you’ll enjoy this carefully crafted, imaginatively written one. There are plenty of red herrings and the names of the characters have been carefully chosen, tickling the imagination at regular intervals.The threads are all resolved at the end with great panache. (August 8th)
I think the book displays the best elements of a cosy mystery, including that insular village life they are so famous for and a minimal amount of violence. Happily (for me at least) the book eschews the elements of cosies I’m not as fond of, including talking animals and ghosts. It is recommended to those of you who enjoy a light-hearted traditional mystery with lashings of red herrings and a nomenclature that will keep a smile on your face throughout. (August 7)
En dansk anmeldelse
“… en herlig duft af 5 o´clock tea og friskbagte scones.”
Nyt fra Betteskovs boghylde (August 4).
The first review
I’ve enjoyed the majority of Dorte´s flash fiction and imagined her longer work would be just as good. Turns out it’s even better! I’d put it right on par with many of the other cozy mystery series I read.
Kelly´s Thoughts & Ramblings (August 2)