Publication Order of Louise Rick Books
|Call Me Princess||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Only One Life||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Farewell to Freedom||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Forgotten Girls||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Killing Forest||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Lost Woman||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
The Danish writer Sara Blaedel is a popular author of thriller and mystery novels, something which she has done for a number of years now, having published her first novel Grønt støv, or ‘Green Dust’, in 2004, which she managed through the Linhardt og Ringhof publishing house in Denmark, before quickly rising in prominence as a writer. This first novel was also set to mark the first in long-running franchise charting the career of the fictional investigator Louise Rick, although they’ve only been translated into English from the second novel on-wards, leaving the first introductory story purely in Danish, but this could change in the near future as the characters appeal quickly grows abroad. Working in a variety of different roles throughout her career such as television presenter, editor, project manager, researcher, Sara Blaedel has a wealth of experience, accentuated by her starting out originally as a journalist who soon turned her attention to the crime fiction genre. Always retaining a strong passion for literature, she brought her style of non-fictional reporting into the world of the thriller genre, something which soon saw her come to be known as the ‘Queen of Crime’ in Denmark, allowing her to be voted ‘Most Popular Author’ four times in the process.
One of the most enduring aspects of her legacy so far though is her creation of the character Louise Rick, the eponymous protagonist of her own series, as she undertakes the role of detective inspector, soon to become chief inspector. Aided along the way by her friend the journalist Camilla Lind, they must both navigate the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, as they undertake a number of different cases and assignments. With over nine books in the series so far and counting, this has been a popular series ever since its first inception, something which shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
Originally published through the Linhardt og Ringhof publishing house, this was to be the first in the Louise Rick series, as it ultimately introduces the protagonist, whilst setting up many of the surrounding characters as well. First published in 2004 it manages to capture the essence of the city, as it locates itself in Copenhagen, Denmark, somewhere the author knows only too well. Creating the style and the tone, this is as yet to be officially published in to an English translation but, with many of the other titles being taken overseas, it’s only a matter of time before it gets translated.
The character of Detective Louise Rick is a resourceful and pragmatic one, as she always goes above and beyond to get to the bottom of her cases presented to her. With the help of Camilla Lind as well, they make up a pair that’s a force to be reckoned with when confronting the criminal underworld of Copenhagen at its most dangerous. Both use their intuition and a keen eye to analyze all the details set before them in any given case they might have, examining all of the evidence whilst leaving no stone unturned. This time she takes on a case involving the murder of young girl found strangled, along with a journalist discovered dead behind the Royal Hotel. With the journalist being known to Camilla Lind, she then becomes involved in the case as well, leading them into an investigation that’s creating a lot of commotion within the Copenhagen Police Headquarters. Not only that, Camilla is then contacted by someone involved in the drugs industry and, despite Louise’s initial protestations, becomes embroiled in the case herself. Will they be able to solve the mystery in time? Just what connects these two murders? Where can they find the truth behind the green dust?
Call Me Princess
Initially published in 2005, this was brought out in America through the Pegasus Crime publishing label, as it made up the second installment in the Louise Rick franchise, and was the first one to be translated into English. Continuing on from where the last left off, it’s easy to pick-up on its own, something which many English reading speakers have found much to their delight. Capturing both the essence and the tone of the original, it manages to engage the readers, both old and new, setting up an entirely new investigation for the protagonist to solve, with Camilla Lind coming back to assist her too.
After being found gagged, bound and brutally raped, Susanne Hansson slowly reveals that she was the victim of an internet dating predator. Coming to terms with the horror that just unfolded, Detective Inspector Louise Rick must get to the bottom of the case and find the culprit before he strikes again. Set in the somewhat early days of internet dating, it charts her case as she finds the man who is looking to strike again, this time aiming to leave no-one alive. With hard-hitting subject matter, it casts a dark eye on the shadowy underworld along with all the horrors that happen to lurk there.
The Louise Rick Series
Clearly inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie novels, an inspiration that Sara Blaedel cites as being one which she has carried with her from an early age, ever since her mother read them to her as a child. With film rights to her work now being optioned, she has come a long since she began, as her lead character looks set to get the silver screen treatment in the near future. As her rise in popularity continues at an exponential rate, it’s easy to see why this is, as many of her readers have come to know and love her character Louise Rick, along with Camilla Lind.
Running for over nine books in total so far and still going strong, Sara Blaedel really has tapped into something with her now much beloved characters. Well drawn as they are engaging, they provide people that are easy to relate to yet, flawed enough to provide some sense of interest for the readers. This is something that will continue for some time yet as the career of Sara Blaedel grows at both home and now abroad, as her appeal goes worldwide for generations to come.Book Series In Order » Characters » Louise Rick