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Lene Kaaberbøl

Author of The Boy in the Suitcase

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About the Author

Lene Kaaberbøl was born in 1960. She writes fantasy novels usually set in the medieval period. Lene is the author of the The Shamer Chronicles, W.I.T.C.H. Adventures, The Tale of Katriona Teresadatter, and The Shadow Gate. She is the co-author, with Agnete Friis, of The Boy in the Suitcase. Lene show more teaches English and drama when she is not writing new stories or translating her own books into English. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Lene Kaaberbøl

The Boy in the Suitcase (2008) 1,456 copies
The Shamer's Daughter (2000) 523 copies
Invisible Murder (2010) 349 copies
The Shamer's Signet (2001) 276 copies
The Serpent Gift (2001) 254 copies
Death of a Nightingale (2011) 241 copies
The Shamer's War (2003) 223 copies
Doctor Death (2010) 136 copies
Wildwitch: Wildfire (1792) 82 copies
Silverhorse (1992) 77 copies
The Considerate Killer (2013) 76 copies
Midnight (1994) 48 copies
Skyggeporten (2006) 43 copies
Wildwitch: Oblivion (2011) 40 copies
Wildwitch: Bloodling (2012) 27 copies
Wildwitch: Life Stealer (2013) 26 copies
The Stone Falcon (2003) 9 copies
The Shadow of the Owl (2003) 8 copies
The Talons of the Eagle (2003) 7 copies
Den gyldne føniks (2003) 6 copies
Skammerens datter 1+2 (2011) 5 copies
Skammerens datter 3+4 (2011) 5 copies
Dødelig alvor (2012) 4 copies
A Criança na Mala (2018) 3 copies
Vildheks 1-2-3 (2012) 2 copies
Stín sovy (2003) 2 copies
Srdce Kondrakaru (2004) 2 copies
Pekelná hudba (2005) 2 copies
El Doctor Cadaver (2016) 2 copies
F©Ægel Fenix (2003) 1 copy
Havets ild (2003) 1 copy
Divočarka. Vrativec (2021) 1 copy
Nägija tütar (2009) 1 copy
Dračí vítr (2003) 1 copy
De wraak van Chimaera (2016) 1 copy
Zalim imparatoriė (2005) 1 copy
Plamen moře (2003) 1 copy
Ornens klor (2003) 1 copy
Morgenlandet (1988) 1 copy
Vildheks 4-5-6 (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

Copenhagen Noir (2009) — Contributor — 44 copies
Nordic Visions: The Best of Nordic Speculative Fiction (2023) — Contributor — 19 copies
Dark Voices 3 (1991) — Contributor — 13 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Kaaberbøl, Lene
Copenhagen, Denmark
Places of residence
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Malling, Denmark
University of Aarhus
fantasy writer
crime novelist
children's book author
Short biography
Lene Kaaberbøl was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and grew up in the small town of Malling, in the Jutland countryside south of Aarhus. She published her first book when she was only 15 years old. It was the first book of what became the "Tina" children's fantasy series, which has never been translated from Danish. She graduated from Aarhus Katedralskole and earned a degree in both English and drama from Aarhus University. In 1988, her first fantasy novel for adults, The Morning Land, appeared. In addition to writing, she has also worked as a high school teacher and a translator. With Agnete Friis, a journalist, she is co-author of the Nina Borg series, beginning with The Boy in the Suitcase (2011), a bestseller.



I like the way the books are tied together. The balance here could've been better, the time spent on the historical plotline doesn't pay off in the present.
Kiramke | 16 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
Invisible Murder is a well-reasoned-out story, and while not exactly farfetched it has so many moving parts that it barely escapes being a hot mess. We've got a half dozen or dozen supporting characters, but no real main characters. It is just a lot of parts that ultimately assembles into a whole, but there are still quite a few missing pieces at the end. It works well enough, I guess.

Looking at LT, I see that this is a Nina Borg series. Really? What did she have to do with anything other than being a walking, breathing disaster, a danger to herself and everyone around her. She’s the very ideal of... if it wasn’t for bad luck she wouldn't have any luck at all.

In any case, this is a very dark story. Present throughout is human suffering and the evil that haunts the world; the proverbial dark underbelly. Nothing cheerful there I'm afraid, but the book is engaging enough and a fairly quick read.

Not much stuck with me, but I got a kick out of the exchange from the young Hungarian brothers:

Sándor: "Don't touch my stuff," he said. "And if you wreck my computer, I'll rip your nuts off."

Tamás: "That would take bigger hands than yours, phrala."

And from beaten down Chief Inspector Søren Kirkegård (gotta feel sorry for the guy):

"In my next life, Søren thought. In my next life, I want to do something else."

"In my next life, he thought, I want to do something else. Something that actually permits the existence of love."
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Picathartes | 30 other reviews | Dec 30, 2022 |
I really like the Nina Borg series, even though they are dark and sometimes depressing. She goes through so much heartache trying to help people. A perfect example of the old saying "no good deed goes unpunished". Her life would be so much easier if she would pay more attention to her family (and herself), but I guess that's just not the way she's wired. Once she knows about someone else's need, she can't hold back from trying to help.

In this book, she almost gets killed by an apologetic killer. It's hard to imagine why someone would want to hurt her; it seems that even her attacker doesn't want to do it, but he does a pretty good job of hurting her, but fortunately not a very good job of killing her.

As usual, we have multiple seemingly unrelated stories going on at the same time, which of course come together in the end. Both stories are tense and interesting.

Even when we figure out who it is that tried to kill her, it's hard to imagine why. It seems like the killer himself is trying to figure this out, but unfortunately, he's pretty dense and easily controlled. I felt really sorry for him for a while, but by the end, I think I felt sorrier for his seemingly sociopathic friend who at least seemed to think he had a good reason for his actions.
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MartyFried | 6 other reviews | Oct 9, 2022 |
I really enjoyed this book. I "read" a lot of audiobooks, so I can listen while working in the garden, walking, driving, etc. I read this as an audiobook, and found it to be a little difficult at times. The narrator was good, but the book skips around a lot thus requiring a lot of attention, but sometimes my mind wanders while multitasking, so I had to go back. With an ebook, or even a (gasp!) printed book, one can more easily look back to see just who a certain character is. But as I read more, I was able to guess who each character was in almost all the cases.

There was a lot happening in this book, and at the beginning it was hard to keep up. But it soon becomes obvious that everything is centered on, not surprisingly, a boy in a suitcase. He is briefly introduced right at the very beginning, but as the book skips around in time a lot, it's not obvious how it all fits together for a while, which made me want to keep reading to find out. Finally, near the end, it started coming all together, and had a nice ending.
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MartyFried | 102 other reviews | Oct 9, 2022 |



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