Monday, February 9, 2015

Book Buzz: DOCTOR DEATH by LENE Kaaberbøl

This month I'm featuring Lene Kaaberbøl and her soon-to-be released "historical thriller" DOCTOR DEATH: A MADELEINE KARNO MYSTERY.   The exciting mystery is set to release next week, on February 17th so let's take a sneak peak into Kaaberbøl latest masterpiece.


Courtesy of the publisher:  “It is snowing. The snow falls on the young girl’s face, on her cheeks, mouth, and nose, and on her eyes. She does not blink it away. Around her the city is living its nightlife… But here in the passageway where she lies, there is no life.”

Author Lene Kaaberbøl creates a mesmerizing world in her historical thriller DOCTOR DEATH: A MADELEINE KARNO MYSTERY (Atria Books, $25; February 17, 2014). As she did masterfully in the New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase, Kaaberbøl draws readers in from the very first sentence, thanks to her stunning talent for storytelling. This time the plot circles around the ambitious and strong-minded Madeleine Karno, a young woman eager to shatter the constraints of her provincial French upbringing.

Working as her father’s assistant, Madeleine dreams of following in his footsteps and becoming a   pathologist.  In 1894, though, autopsies are considered unseemly and ungodly, even when performed by a man. Hence, the idea of a young woman dissecting corpses is too scandalous for words.

But this all changes when seventeen-year-old Cecile Montaine is found dead in the snowy streets of Varbourg, France and her family refuses to permit a full autopsy. With no concrete cause of death, Madeleine and her father are left with a single perplexing clue: in the dead girl’s nostrils they discover a mysterious mite.

Other bodies are soon discovered throughout the city, and Madeleine, her father, and the city commissioner must race against time to solve the series of suspicious deaths before they all become the next victims of a deadly disease—or of a heinous murderer.

Eloquently written and with powerful insight into human and animal nature, DOCTOR DEATH takes the reader on a captivating journey. At once a spellbinding mystery and a poignant coming-of-age story, DOCTOR DEATH depicts the struggle of a young woman grappling with what's expected of her as a female in the late 19th century while fearlessly trying to solve a chilling crime.

About Lene

Lene Kaaberbøl has been a professional writer since the age of fifteen, with more than two million books sold worldwide. She has won several national and international awards for her fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. Kaaberbøl is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase, which received rave reviews, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Notable Crime Book of 2011 as well as an Indie Next List November 2011 Pick,  and won the Harald Morgensen Award for Best Danish Thriller of the Year. Born in Copenhagen, she now lives on the small Channel Island of Sark.

Again, DOCTOR DEATH releases next week February 17, 2015 so if you're a huge fan of Lene Kaaberbøl or historical mysteries like I am, you'll definitely want to check this thriller out.

Have an awesome week.

Mina Burrows


Heather R. Holden said...

Ooh, Doctor Death sounds so wonderfully dark. Time to add this to my wish list!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That one sounds really unique. Hard to do these days.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Oh, the book sounds interesting. I like the cover too.

Donna L Martin said...

Hi there!

I just stopped by to check out your blog. I've signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month...;~)

Take care,

Donna L Martin
author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)