The Woman Behind The Curtain – published!

I had some trouble (eh, I made a really stupid mistake) yesterday when I wanted to publish my Tora Skammelsen short story. But now it is there, and I hope it will be well received out there in the big world.

The Woman Behind The Curtain – $ 0.99 for 40 pages – that is not bad, is it?

Woman behind Curtain

Vibeke Svendsen was standing up there with her hand on the white bedroom curtain which she had just drawn back. Their eyes met across the street and Vibeke took an abrupt step backwards so you could not see her from the window.

For a second Tora was dumbfounded. Then she straightened her back and trudged past Henrik and Irene’s dark windows. She had no idea what her mother had told the neighbours, and she realized that she didn’t care. Vibeke was definitely more neurotic than Tora, and not nearly as good at hiding it. Neurotic and prissy, and almost as pedantic as her wizened lecturer husband. Their marriage must be a match made in heaven.

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North Sea Cottage – making me proud

You had probably forgotten I existed, but life and all that …

I thought I’d just pop in to share some good news with you.

1.North Sea # 17Right now “North Sea Cottage”, the first Tora Skammelsen story, is # 17 in the special British category ‘Scandinavian crime’ – in really good company.

And finally I have a new Tora story which is on the way to you. A fairly long short story of c 40 pages. I hope “The Woman Behind the Curtain” will be ready for publication in January.

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She Never Came Home – new reviews

She never came home

Thank you to old and new readers and blog friends wo supported yesterday’s promotion of my spooky, little story.

And thank you to the bloggers who have taken the time to review it. I don’t always see your reviews, but I have so many loyal readers, and I am grateful for each and every one of you!

Here are two reviews I did see 🙂


“I really liked this short story, with its chilling atmosphere and shocking twist at the end. In just a few pages Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen has written such a compelling and entertaining tale.”

The full review is here.

Kelly’s Thoughts and Ramblings

“This is a fun, quick-to-read short story with just enough twists to keep you guessing.  I bought it when she first released it, but am glad I saved it to read as part of my “Halloween experience” this month.”

You can see the full review (one of three for Halloween) here.

My little girl has also received some fine reviews here.

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She Never Came Home – FREE for Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, I have made my latest ghost story, She Never Came Home, free today and tomorrow.

Grab it while you can, and feel free to share the news with your friends or blog readers – and remember to keep the lights on! 


She never came home

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Take plenty of water and add a rowing boat

… and you have a cover screaming Scandinavian crime fiction.

tre robåde

Sorry, friends, that I post so infrequently. I really love my new writing life, and sales have been good, both in Denmark and on Amazon these first months – but writing, editing and all the bureaucratic paraphernalia swallow so much time. I’m truly happy to see that many of my blog friends remember me, and my latest books have received plenty of glowing reviews already!

North Sea Cottage

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She Never Came Home – Launch Party

Well, not so much party as a quick push of a button, but SHE NEVER CAME HOME is definitely out there (where else would she be, poor girl?) A short story of c 9,000 words or c 30 book pages.

A warm and heartfelt thank you to blog friends Margot and Amanda who helped me getting this one in proper shape. My British editor assures me the story was ‘highly polished’ before he set eyes on it. 

She never came home

I think this short story has quite a lot in common with my very first short story, Heather Farm. Young couple move to the countryside and find something in their new home which they hadn’t exactly bargained for. But my daughter assures me that this one is far from cosy. Apart from Alice and Peter, you are going to meet Foxy, their sweet little dog, and some rather uncanny dolls.

The blurb:

When Alice loses her job and her home, she is forced to move into an old farmhouse with her husband and her dog.  She is determined to make the most of the situation – until she starts to hear the voice of a young girl, and the sound of her singing in the middle of the night.  Should Alice follow her instinct and leave the farmhouse, or should she stay and find out what happened when the little girl disappeared without a trace forty years ago?


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Helen Grant, The Glass Demon (2011)

I began reading this novel before our holiday in Norway and went back to it afterwards. So with my short memory span, it is difficult to come up with a good review.

(Excellent excuse, wasn’t it?)

So here is the first part of the blurb:
Sometimes the path to the truth is paved with broken glass. 

Teenager Lin Fox is a stranger in a strange land—Germany, where her father has come on a quixotic quest to locate a priceless artifact. The medieval (and possibly mythical) Allerheiligen stained glass is believed by some to be lost, by others to have been destroyed, and by virtually all to be haunted. A mysterious letter persuades Dr. Oliver Fox that he can be the one to find it—but someone else is determined to ensure that the glass stays hidden forever.

I enjoyed the book very much. Great characters, especially the main character, teenager Lin Fox. Do I like Lin? I am not so sure. Sometimes you feel like slapping her, on the next page you want to hug her. Definitely a very real teenage girl.

The German setting is great. Without a doubt the writer knows her environment, and she has added a layer of sinister darkness I do not really recognize from holidays in that part of the world, but it certainly suits the story.

A well-written and intriguing mystery. Strongly recommended.

I bought the book myself, and the writer is a Facebook acquaintance.

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Candied Crime – the first anniversary

Last summer my husband and I established the small family publishing company Candied Crime. Mainly to publish my books, but we are in touch with a couple of other writers from Denmark so perhaps we will also publish others in the future.

This month we can celebrate our first anniversary (a bit belatedly, but July is inconvenient because everybody is away on summer holidays – and you won’t tell ,will you?)


There will be more news and offers later, but already now we have two great offers:

Ding Dong Bell, The Kitten in the Well is currently free via Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

Anna Märklin’s Family Chronicles is reduced to $ 0.99  or £ 0.77 – this week only.

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Norway 2014

Last week we treated ourselves to a lovely holiday in beautiful Norway.

A few heights and sights. If you can’t get enough, you can see more on my facebook page.


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Lovely reviews

As you know, if you follow this blog regularly, I have published two short stories and a novella during the last couple of months. It is harder to get reviews for short pieces, but some days you wake up to lovely surprices.


Mason Canyon of Thoughts in Progress posted a review of my short story, Ding Dong Bell, The Kitten in the Well, recently.

What I found was a charming and suspenseful story that brought smiles and a touch of heartache. It’s a story easily read in a short time that leaves you wanting more…

The author’s descriptions and eye for detail places the reader in the middle of the action. The setting is a charming English countryside that envelops the reader transporting them to a different place and era. The author weaves a tale of suspense with humor for a well-balanced story.


Margaret, BooksPlease, wrote the very first review of the English version of North Sea Cottage.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; 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.

… 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.


Here is another wonderful review, written by Barbara Mitchell of Views from the Countryside.

I was fascinated, and also fooled until almost the end.  This is, to my mind, Jakobsen’s finest writing yet.  I’m looking forward to more about this heroine, hopefully soon.
Highly recommended.

What more can a writer wish for?


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