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Published: Lightning Books (November 2019)

ISBN: 9781785631641

The Lake Forest Mystery

Palle Rosenkrantz

£8.99

The original Danish crime thriller

Translated by David Young

Detective Sergeant Eigil Holst is on holiday in the countryside when the body of a baby is washed up on the banks of a nearby lake. The local magistrate orders the lake to be drained and the body of a young woman is discovered, naked and weighed down with stones tied to her feet and neck. Her identity is a mystery.

Holst then takes it upon himself to find out where this woman came from, why she was in this remote location and who could have had motive to kill her. His investigations take him across Scandinavia and into central Europe as, gradually, he realises that the solution to the mystery could have huge implications for his own future.

Originally published in 1903, The Lake Forest Mystery is considered to be the very first Danish crime novel, and the annual Danish crime writing awards are named in honour of its author, Palle Rosenkrantz.

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ABOUT

Palle Rosenkrantz

Born in Helsingør in 1867, author, translator and lawyer Palle Rosenkrantz became the godfather of Danish crime with his 1903 novel, Hvad Skovsøen gemte (The Forest Lake Mystery). He also worked for the newspaper Politiken and wrote manuscripts for silent films. He died in 1941.

The Palle Rosenkrantz Prize is named after him and is awarded each year to the best crime novel published in Danish.

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