Helle and Death
by Oskar Jensen
Narrated by Gunnar Cauthery
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Pub Date 18 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 17 Jan 2024
Profile Books Audio, Viper
'A hugely accomplished debut' EVA DOLAN
'A love letter to the classic country house murder mystery' J.M. HALL
'A fiendishly clever mystery as cunning as Christie' WILLIAM HUSSEY
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.
A clever, elegant mystery in the Golden Age tradition, though it's set in the present day. Nods to my favourite fictional sleuth of the era made it even more special - Leonora Nattrass, author of BLUE WATER
A brilliantly clever murder mystery with an alluring cast and fiendish puzzle at its heart. Perfect for fans of the country house whodunnit looking for a contemporary take on a classic tale - Philippa East, author of LITTLE WHITE LIES
Witty, erudite, funny, and wonderfully well-written, I am in awe of what Oskar Jensen has achieved with this book - William Hussey, author of KILLING JERICHO
A clever and funny country house murder... brilliant - J.B. Mylet, author of THE HOMES
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Absolutely fabulous! I loved the eclectic bunch of characters and titular character Torben Helle is wonderful, with his high intelligence, sharp wit, and yet still sometimes naïve understanding of both English culture and language. I found it charming and funny, with nods of respect to several classic crime writers, and not one wasted opportunity to steer the listener off in another direction, and (excuse the pun) a denouement to die for!
It's a wonderful piece of puzzling escapism and highly recommended,