Anne Mette Hancocks bog Mercedes-snittet

Mercedes-snittet

Reklame, da Mercedes-snittet er et anmeldereksemplar tilsendt fra forlaget.

Forfatter: Anne Mette Hancock

Udgivelse: Forlaget Lindhardt og  Ringhof, 2018

Serie: Nr. 2 i Kaldan/Schäfer-serien (læs om nr. 1 Ligblomsten her – dog på engelsk)

Efter den succesoplevelse det var, at læse Anne Mette Hancocks debutroman Ligblomsten, havde jeg virkelig set frem til at få fingrene i den næste i serien. Jeg forudbestilte bogen tilbage  marts, og da vi nærmede os udgivelsesdatoen den 1. juni, var jeg simpelthen så spændt! To uger inden dumpede der dog et anmeldereksemplar ind af døren fra de fantastiske mennesker hos Lindhardt og Ringhof, og jeg var jublende lykkelig! Det tog mig ikke mange minutter at være fuldstændigt fanget af handlingen og fyldt af gensynsglæde over de fantastiske karakterer Heloise Kaldan og Erik Schäfer!

Om bogen

I Mercedes-snittet forsvinder tiårige Lukas fra sin skole, hvilket får Heloise til at tænke, at hun har ret i, at det er farligt at sætte børn i verden. Hun bliver af avisen bedt om at dække sagen, og støder herved atter på sin gode ven Erik Schäfer, der efterforsker sagen.

Det viser sig at være en sag, der stikker helt af og peger i mange forskellige og forfærdelige retninger. Pludselig dukker Lukas’ telefon dog op, og herigennem opdager politiet, at Lukas er besat af pareidolia – af at fotografere ting, der ligner ansigter. Der er særligt et billede, som tiltrækker sig politiets opmærksomhed, men det virker stadig umuligt at finde noget, der peger konkret på, hvad der er sket med Lukas.

Mine tanker om Mercedes-snittet

Anne Mette Hancock trådte frem på den danske krimiscene med Ligblomsten, som indbragte hende Det Danske Kriminalakademis debutantpris, og nu markerer hun sig tydeligt og bestemt med Mercedes-snittet som en krimiforfatter, der er kommet for at blive. Og det har hun i den grad også fortjent. Anne Mettes sprog og skrivestil er levende og nutidigt. Karaktererne har dybde og sjæl, og Anne Mette formår på fineste vis at levere en krimi, der kravler ind under huden på sin læser. Mercedes-snittet er eminent og velskrevet, og der er ingen tvivl om, at hver eneste sætning er nøje gennemtænkt og bearbejdet.

Mercedes-snittet er dansk krimi, når det er allerbedst. En af de mere fantastiske ting ved serier, er den udvikling, man får lov til at følge hos karaktererne gennem helt små og for handlingen næsten ubetydelige øjeblikke. Dette er også et træk Hancock har tilføjet sit værk med umådelig detaljerigdom og skarphed.

Min eneste anke er, at Michala Friis er alt for lidt med! Så kære Anne Mette Hancock: Michala Friis må for min skyld godt få sin helt egen serie – hun er så skøn!

The crime fiction book Ligblomsten by Anne Mette Hancock on a flowery background next to a bookmark

Ligblomsten

Author: Anne Mette Hancock

Published: Lindhardt og Ringhof, 2017

The book

Ligblomsten (Titan Arum – look it up, you’ll be surprised) is the first crime novel from Anne Mette Hancock. We follow Heloise, a journalist who has recently had some credibility issues at her work place. Heloise is a young and sturdy woman, who suddenly finds herself entwined in an old murder case, because she begins to receive letters from a woman named Anna Kiel. The woman who is wanted for a murder commited years ago. With the help of policeman Erik Schäfer she tries to unfold the mystery that connects her to this old case and the killer on the run.

My thoughts

I loved this one. Okay, there I said it – you can stop reading the review now.

No really, I really enjoyed this book so much. I have had cravings for crime fiction for months now, but had some other books I needed to finish, yet after Christmas I found some time to get started. And what a start.

Ligblomsten is told through various points of views, which is something I am often very fond of, because it adds perspective to the story. In a crime novel it also adds mystery through ‘the pronoun game’. You know, when everybody is always referring to “he” and “him”, but never mentioning a name or something personal that will make you realise who is in fact talked about. That ‘pronoun game’. This is no exception, and Hancock makes it work. I was constantly trying to figure out who was connected to whom, and who “he” could be.

At the same time the story is carried by a varied gallery of characters, who are actually very believable and likeable. I didn’t get very far into the story before I thought: “Oh no, I am going to hate this person.” But I didn’t. Despite the character having traits that I normally find very annoying in book characters.

I liked that we mostly follow Heloise instead of the investigators, since it made the story much more suitable for us laypeople. Crime novels tend to be a little to heavy on the police/investigation perspective, and then they lose me. This book however managed to balance the two worlds to perfection. In doing this, we readers are introduced to the private lives of Heloise and Schäfer, which adds to their character and gives us a deeper understanding of the two.

Both Heloise and Schäfer are very likeable, and as I have already mentioned, they are also very believable characters. I really look forward to reading a lot more about these two and the adventures (or horrors) they’ll come across!

This is by far not the last book by Anne Mette Hancock that I will read.

Should you read it

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads and if you like a well-planned plot, an exciting and well-written story that is hard to figure out you should read this one. Moreover, the characters felt very human, and that just makes the reading experience so much better. Whether or not you like these characters has an impact on your experience too, of course, but I am positive that both hardcore crime fiction fans as well as new and curious crime fiction readers will find this book exciting and wonderful!

The twelve books I have bought or received in November lying in two stacks on a table

November Book Haul

November has been a crazy book-shopping month for me. I rarely buy many books, since I am an avid user of the local library. Often my buys in one month does not exceed three books, and thus rarely calls for a post dedicated to the “book haul”. This month, however, I bought books like it was my last chance to ever add new books to my collection.

There was a slight delay on one of my purchases, which means that I didn’t pay for the books (nor did I receive them) in November, and so they will not be mentioned in this post, even though I ordered them in November. This will also make my book haul seem less crazy 😉

I will put my book haul as a list at the end of this post, for those of you, who just stopped by out of curiosity, but cannot stay to read the entire thing.

Book haul

The first book I got my hands on was Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre. It was in one of the goodie bags I picked up at Bogforum. This one was from Krimimessen. I love to receive smalle books or reading samples from the different stands, because it can make me read authors I have never read before – or never heard about before.

The first book I bought was Cutter by Peter Solberg Dirksen. I found it while visiting Bogforum and bought it after a very pleasant and personal conversation with the author himself. He generously signed the book and I was ecstatic when I turned homeward.

The third book to land in my lap was The Glass Spare. I subscribe to owlcrate and this was their pick for November to the theme “Castles, Courts and Kingdoms”. I am so excited (have you noticed, how I am always excited? Rarely thrilled or ecstatic. Maybe I should work on this…) to read it, since it sounds so amazing! Moreover, this month’s owlcrate was so well put together (as they always are)!

Books from Plusbog

Ever since Bogforum, I have had plusbog.dk constantly entering my mind. I spoke with a very nice lady from Plusbog at Bogforum, who told me that there was no minimum contract term when signing up, and that I could get my books delievered carriage free. This was the bit of information I needed to stop by their site once again, but this time with the intention of actually buying something. I ordered a total of six books; one of which was a Christmas present for my grandmother, and waited only 36 hours or so before the postman knocked on my door to deliver my books.

I bought the first three books in Emelie Schepp’s crime fiction series about Jana Berzelius; Marked for Life, Marked for Revenge and Marked for Death (I believe these are the proper English titles, but since the books are originally Swedish and I read them in Danish, it is hard to tell what the books are actually called in English). I have been looking at this series for quite some time now, and I found them so cheap at Plusbog that I decided to buy them.

In my parcel was also Krokodillevogteren (The Crocodile Herdsman – maybe) by Katrine Engberg, which I do so look forward to reading! I don’t know what it is, but lately I have turned into this major crime fiction lover. It seems I cannot get enough of it. I have also ordered the next in the series Blodmåne (Blood Moon), but it is in my delayed order.

The last book for me in this parcel was Anne Mette Hancock’s Ligblomsten (Titan Arum – it’s a flower. Do look it up.) This is the first in a series and also Hancock’s debut (crime) novel and it has received a generous amount of praise. I cannot wait to dig into this one either. I don’t know when I’ll get the time to do so. But isn’t that every bookworm’s problem?

The last bunch

Lastly one of the students at my former University sold a great deal of her books and I ‘accidently’ bought four of them. I wasn’t supposed to buy any more books, since I had already bought seven books just for me. However, done is done, and I am one happy (yet poor) bookworm.

In this stack I have: The Graces by Laure Eve, which I have heard many good things about this year, but never got around to borrow (or buy). Moreover I bought We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which is also one of those books I have been wanting to read, but never gotten around to, and then suddenly it was way down on my TBR and I almost forgot it was even on it.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones was also one of the books I bought from her. I haven’t really heard about this, but it sounds amazing and the cover is just so wonderful! Lastly, I got a hold of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This buy was not very well-planned, but I have not regretted it. (Not yet). The story sounds awesome and enchanting, and I really look forward to reading something I haven’t actually heard about from others yet.

On the very last day of November I received a parcel from author M.P. Tonnesen. It was her newest book Desert Skies, Rebel Souls, which I am so happy to now own! It has such a beautiful cover, and the story is so sweet. The book was sent to me, because I was part of her book launch blog tour in mid-November.

Wrap-up

All in all these are the books I added to my collection i November (with their official titles):

  • Cutter by Peter Solberg Dirksen
  • Desert Skies, Rebel Souls by M.P. Tonnesen
  • Hvide spor by Emelie Schepp
  • Krokodillevogteren by Katrine Engberg
  • Ligblomsten by Anne Mette Hancock
  • Mærket for livet by Emelie Schepp
  • Ondt blod by Emelie Schepp
  • Rosy & John by Pierre Lemaitre
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

I could add a few more books to the list if I also added the books I have bought for people as Christmas or birthday gifts, but I choose to not do so.

Please leave a comment if you feel like sharing your experiences with or opinions on any of these books. Have a pleasant day 🙂