If there’s one thing Sara Blaedel knows, it’s how to tell a great crime story ... While the Louise Rick books are most definitely crime novels, they are not gratuitously violent or excessively dark; the warmth and humanity of Blaedel’s characters balance out the grim crimes central to these stories, and the end result is an approachable, binge-able crime series that will serve to entice genre newcomers to further explore Nordic Noir ... Fans of Nordic Noir - or readers looking to dip their toes in the genre for the first time - will love Blaedel’s very first Louise Rick novel.
...Camilla clashes with her male boss, who sidelines her and dictates her approach to stories. Readers will relate to the women’s travails, but Blaedel overdoes the social-cum-feminist commentary on Copenhagen’s urban crime scene as the predictable plot lurches to its telegraphed ending.
After a stint hunting missing persons, Blaedel’s no-nonsense heroine, Detective Louise Rick, is now the only female detective in Copenhagen’s homicide department and is forced to navigate the department’s chauvinism while tackling two high-profile murders ...The Louise Rick novels are must-reads for fans of Scandinavia’s female police detectives.