Sara Blaedel – Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’ discusses writing murder

Sara Blaedel is Denmark’s ‘Queen of Crime’. 3 million copies have been sold in Denmark alone. The country has under 6 million people living in it.

She’s published 25 books, and is best known for her Detective Louise Rick stories. The new one is ‘A Harmless Lie’, in which Louise has to rush back from holiday in Thailand, after a panicked phone call from her father. Her brother has attempted suicide, and everything is entangled in his estranged wife, and a girl who went missing a decade before.

We discuss her organised and thorough work-day, also how much she thinks about an international audience when she writes in Danish, and why she returns to write about murders for a living, which can be hugely emotionally draining.

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