Where Monsters Dwell

  • by Jørgen Brekke
  • Narrated by David Menkin
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A murder at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found flayed in his office by the cleaning staff; the corpse of an archivist at the library in Norway is found inside a locked vault used to store delicate and rare books. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, but half a world away. And both murders are somehow connected to a sixteenth century palimpsest book - The Book of John - which appears to be a journal of a serial murderer back in 1529 Norway, a book bound in human skin. A runaway best seller in Norway, Jørgen Brekke's Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over 14 countries. Where Monsters Dwell is the most awaited English language crime fiction debut in years.

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This isn't Texas

Brekke has done an excellent job (and kudos to translator) in this police procedural. It was sometimes difficult (especially at the beginning) to remain engaged in the transitioning narrative (from 1500's Europe, to 21st century Norway and Virginia) and I didn't find the story in Virigina (outside the Poe Museum, that is) as engaging as the other 2 narratives, but by the middle, I was hooked -- and missing sleep.
Best moments occur after the 2 police detectives unite in Norway (and my favorite line "This isn't Texas" from Odd Singsaker, the Norwegian detective). It was a bit redolent of those buddy cop films, but I loved the interaction between the characters (and styles.)
I especially loved the inclusion (however indirectly) of Poe trivia into the plot.
The characters were well-developed and the plotting intriciate.
If you are a fan of Nesbo or Fossum (or other Scandinavian mystery writers), you will not be disappointed with this book.
David Menken does an excellent job with the narration, especially well with the Virginian accents, which can easily be overdone. I liked that the only other accents were when speakers were not speaking their native langauges (I find it baffling when narrators give people speaking their native languages -- albeit, translated for the "readers" -- foreign accents.) Odd does not pick up his endearing accent until he needs to speak English with his new "partner", Felicia Stone (the Richmond detective.)

I am looking forward to many more novels from Brekke!
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- Tracey "I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)"

Another Gem From Norway

I'm a huge Nesbo fan. Apparently so is Brekke. Early on in the book it appears Norway has a serial killer and guess who the detectives want to call in for help? Harry Hole. Alas, Harry is on a bender.

This is fascinating story involving vellum made from skins. The problem is it's from human skin. Fresh human skin.

Great detectives, great history, great characters.
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- Charles Atkinson "Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio