Early one morning, a paperboy on his route in the center of Copenhagen city stumbles upon a macabre find: the body of a dead woman, floating in a fountain. Cause of death? Exsanguination – the draining of all the blood in her body. Clearly, this is no ordinary murder. And when another body shows up the next morning, it’s a real crisis.
Police investigator Jeppe Kørner takes on the investigation. His partner, Anette Werner, now on maternity leave, is restless at home. While Jeppe leads the official search, Anette can’t stop herself from doing a little detective work as well. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to realize. As the investigation ventures into dark and dangerous corners, it uncovers ambition and greed festering beneath the surface of caregiving institutions, all leading back to the mysterious Butterfly House…
The author Katrine Engberg grew up in Copenhagen and still lives there with her family. It is obvious that she knows every corner of the city and that she deeply loves it. The city of Copenhagen may well be regarded as a main character in her novels and if you know Copenhagen or come to visit, you may easily walk in the footsteps of her protagonists. In fact you get to explore many famous and interesting places like the famous Strøget, where residents and tourists gather around the Caritas fountain. Or Fredens Havn (the Peace Harbour), a floating urban experiment neighbouring the freetown Christiania, where many of the inhabitants would be homeless if this sanctuary didn´t exist.
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Kørner och Werner
Katrine Engberg introduced the somewhat mismatched detective team Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner in her debut novel The Tenant, but now we get to know them more in depth. Jeppe is recovering from a painful divorce and temporarily living with his mother, but he has a burgeoning romantic relationship with another investigator. His vivid and energetic partner Anette is on maternity leave, a situation that makes her frustrated and really strains her marriage. Her boredom drives her to make bad and dangerous decisions.
The Butterfly House is a compelling police procedural with an inventive and fast-paced plot, that deals with such different things as rare antique murder weapons and the shortcomings of the Danish psychiatric health system.
The Butterfly House by Katrine Engberg
Katrine Engberg. Nordic Noir with a bloody twist