A snowstorm. A country house. Old friends reunited.
It’s going to be murder…
Torben Helle – art historian, Danish ex-pat and owner of several excellent Scandinavian jumpers – finds himself dragged to a remote snowbound Northumbrian mansion for a ten-year reunion with old university friends. At the dinner table their host, a reclusive and irritating tech entrepreneur, makes some shocking revelations. And when these are followed by an apparent suicide, the group faces a test of their wits… and their trust.
Snowed in and cut off, surrounded by enigmatic housekeepers and off-duty police inspectors, not to mention a peculiar last will and testament, suspicion and sarcasm quickly turn to panic. Kept afloat by strong drink and stronger women, Torben must draw upon the skills of his training and all the tricks of Golden Age detectives past. As the temperature drops and the tension mounts, it is up to him to work out how much money it would take to turn one of his old friends into a murderer – before someone else ends up dead.
This witty murder mystery puts a modern spin on the classic country house whodunnit. A must-read for fans of Agatha Christie, Richard Osman and Janice Hallett.
‘An ingenius plot, witty asides and lively characterisation by this Danish author and BBC New Generation Thinker. If Carlsberg did whodunnits they would probably be something like this’
‘A novel that is wonderfully heavy in description, meet Torben Helle. The art historian and Danish expat is on his way to a 10- year reunion with former university friends… It feels like a heart- warming blend of a class whodunnit with a modern spin. Not just that, its wit is peppered throughout. This is one that will make you smile at points as you’re trying to find out what really happened’
‘Jensen’s first novel for adults is an enjoyable mashup of two popular crime fiction subgenera: the golden age- style “closed world” mystery and what, for want of anything more concise, I’m going to call the something-happened-when-we-were-all-at-university thriller… Nicely done, with some entertaining asides about the nature of detective fiction: recommended reading for a long winter night’
‘Full of sharp turns, the plot is equally engaging, reminiscent of the Glass Onion films, and drawing from the many mysteries it name-checks. This craftily entertaining novel’s surprising conclusion fits comfortably in that lineage’
The Irish Times
‘This is an entertaining whodunnit in the classic Christie style’
Mail on Sunday