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Call Me Princess: A Novel (Pegasus Crime) Hardcover – August 15, 2011


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  • Series: Pegasus Crime
  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Crime (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605982512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605982519
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Consistently suspenseful. Well-written and entertaining all the way to the very last sentence.” (Politiken)

“A fine crime novel, a clever plot, and wonderful descriptions of the surroundings. Just come back again, Louise!” (Weekendavisen)

About the Author

Sara Blaedel is the author of the international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick and journalist Camilla Lind, including Call Me Princess and Only One Life.  Her books are published in seventeen countries.  She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the third time in 2011.

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Sara Blaedel is one of Denmark's most successful crime writers, the author of seven bestselling novels featuring police detective Louise Rick.

Sara has come full circle from her childhood days of hearing her mother read Agatha Christie aloud. "It brings me peace to know that it all began with crime fiction as a child, and that it is there, after a thousand detours, that I have landed again. As a child I found peace in crime novels, and it is with them that I find peace today. There has been some turbulence along the way, but I wouldn't have avoided any of it. I wouldn't have reached the place I have without all of it happening." And that place Sara has reached includes seven published novels with an eighth on the way. Her novels are published in seventeen countries and appear in fifteen languages, and the film rights have been optioned. Her hard work and determination have branded her the "Queen of Crime" in Denmark.

Today, Sara lives north of Copenhagen with her family. She has always loved animals; she still enjoys horse riding and shares her home with her cat and golden retriever. When she isn't busy committing brutal murders on the page, she is an ambassador with Save the Children and serves on the jury of a documentary film competition.

To contact Sara or learn more about her books, visit www.sarablaedel.com

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on August 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the first novel of Sara Blædel featuring her detective Louise Rick to be translated into English. Call Me Princess (original title Kald mig prinsesse) was originally published in it's native Denmark in 2005 and is the second in the ongoing series involving Louise. Other, as yet untranslated titles include -
1. Green Dust (Grønt støv 2004)
3. Only One Life (Kun ét liv 2007)
4. Never Free Again (Aldrig mere fri 2008)
5. Goddess of Revenge (Hævnens Gudinde 2009)
6. Angel of Death (Dødsenglen 2010)

The story involves around online dating and the search for a serial rapist who is selecting his victims through an online dating service. Louise's partner, best friend Camilla and her son also feature in the story and add a bit of background to Louise. The novel is a fairly easy read and makes me keen to read her next in the series.
Although based in Copenhagen, the book could be set in any mid-sized / large city. There is little in the book to suggest that the book is particularly Danish.
2011 has provoded us with a wealth of Danish crime fiction with the original The Killing [DVD] [2010], Jussi Adler-Olsen's The Keeper of Lost Causes and Sissel-Jo Gazan's The Dinosaur Feather. Later in 2011 two further Danish authors add to the smörgåsbord - Lene Kaaberbøl's Boy in the Suitcase, The (Nina Borg Mysteries) and Mikkel Birkegaard's Death Sentence.
Roll on the next one please Sara!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The hot list of crime writers right now includes many from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. Here's another author from Denmark to add to your list.

Call Me Princess marks Sara Blaedel's North American debut.

Assistant Detective Louise Rick of the Copenhagen P.D. is called in on the case of Susanne Hansson - a woman who has been brutally sexually assaulted. As Rick delves into the case, she discovers that Susanne met her attacker through an online dating site. Susanne's not the only victim of this online Lothario. He know how to hide though - he's left virtually no clues.

I enjoyed the character of Detective Rick and her interactions with her fellow officers. Blaedel has filled the department with an overbearing superior, a quiet family man partner and a publicity seeking chief. They were all comfortable if not original characters. The foray into Louise's personal life was a solid secondary story line. I did not like the best friend, newspaper reporter Camilla at all. She came across as a user of people. The interactions between her and Louse just never rang true as a best friend situation.

Blaedel has peppered her story with lots of red herrings. Many of the male characters seemed they could be the perpetrator at one time or another - the ending provided a good twist.

All in all, a solid police procedural utilizing current events as a effective plot device. It was an easy read - one that I was happy to pick up. For me, enjoyable but not outstanding.

Blaedel has an interesting background. She founded the first publishing house dedicated to crime fiction in Denmark. She was then inspired to write her own detective novels which have landed on the Danish bestseller lists. She has been voted the most popular novelist in Denmark in 2007, 2010 and 2011
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Feit VINE VOICE on December 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Though Sara Blaedel is the author of several books, and her novels are apparently consistently on the bestseller lists in her native Denmark and elsewhere, this book represents her American debut. And an auspicious one it is.

Assistant Detective Louise Rick, of the Copenhagen Police Department, is assigned the case of a 32-year-old woman who was raped and brutally attacked. When the body of another young woman is found, having been similarly brutalized but hadn't escaped with her life, the police believe they have a serial criminal on the loose. Other women with similar stories of brutal rapes over the past couple of years are soon linked to the same man. The only common thread is that the women all apparently met their attackers online.

Louise has been with the homicide division for the past four years. Her best friend, Camilla Lind, is a reporter who has the Copenhagen crime beat at a local newspaper, and that turns out to be both a blessing and a curse, because the help of the newspaper in getting the description of the man the police are hunting out to the public can be a good thing, but too close an involvement with the latest victim by a reporter not so much, and Louise finds it hard to keep a professional distance.

Louise ultimately needs to familiarize herself with the world of online dating. Her six-year-long relationship with the man she's been living with has become rocky, and she is ambivalent about the research she needs to do. The suspense mounts as she tries to identify the rapist. The author explores the devastating effects on his victims, and I found it hard to keep reading at times, but harder to put the book down. The author's next book, "Only One Life," is due out in July of 2012 from Pegasus, and I for one can't wait.

Recommended.
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