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Katrine Engberg is a former Danish dancer, choreographer, and award-winning author of mystery, suspense and crime fiction novels.

Prior to becoming an internationally acclaimed and bestselling author, Katrine made a name for herself in Denmark as a dancer and choreographer.

She made her writing debut with The Tenant (2020), the first book in the Korner and Werner detective series.

A recipient of The Martha Award and one of the most popular and beloved crime authors in Denmark, Katrine’s work has been sold in more than twenty-five countries.

She lives in Copenhagen with her beloved family.

More about Katrine Engberg

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery

Born: 1975


Korner and Werner

  1. The Tenant - Krokodillevogteren (2020)
  2. The Butterfly House - Glasvinge (2021)
  3. The Harbor - Vådeskud (2022)
  4. The Sanctuary - Isola (2023)

Detailed book overview

Korner and Werner

The Tenant

Two Copenhagen police detectives struggle to solve a shocking murder and stop a killer hell-bent on revenge.

When a young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her own apartment with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face, Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned to the case.

In short order, they establish a link between the victim, Julie Stender, and her landlady, Esther de Laurenti, who’s a bit too fond of drink and the host of raucous dinner parties with her artist friends. Esther also turns out to be a budding novelist—and when Julie turns up as a murder victim in the still-unfinished mystery she’s writing, the link between fiction and real life grows both more urgent and more dangerous.

But Esther’s role in this twisted scenario is not quite as clear as it first seems. Is she the culprit or just another victim, trapped in a twisted game of vengeance? Anette and Jeppe must dig more deeply into the two women’s pasts to discover the identity of the brutal puppet-master pulling the strings.

Author: Katrine Engberg
Original Title: Krokodillevogteren
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1982127589
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
The Butterfly House

Detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner race to solve a series of sordid murders linked to some of the most vulnerable patients in a Danish hospital...

Hospitals are supposed to be places of healing. But in the coronary care unit at one of Copenhagen’s leading medical centers, a nurse fills a syringe with an overdose of heart medication and stealthily enters the room of an older male patient.

Six days earlier, a paperboy on his route in central Copenhagen stumbles upon a macabre find: the naked body of a dead woman, lying in a fountain with arms marked with small incisions. Cause of death? Exsanguination—the draining of all the blood in her body.

Copenhagen investigator Jeppe Kørner, recovering from a painful divorce and in the throes of a new relationship, takes on the case. His partner, Anette Werner, now on maternity leave after an unexpected pregnancy, is restless at home with a demanding newborn and an equally demanding husband.

While Jeppe pounds the streets looking for answers, Anette decides to do a little freelance sleuthing. But operating on her own exposes her to dangers she can’t even begin to fathom.

Author: Katrine Engberg
Original Title: Glasvinge
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1982127619
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
The Harbor

As two detectives search for a missing teenager, they uncover the web of lies that has threatened his life—and may prevent him from ever being found.

When fifteen-year-old Oscar Dreyer-Hoff disappears in this “masterpiece of Nordic noir” (Booklist, starred review), the police assume he’s simply a runaway—a typically overlooked middle child doing what teenagers do all around the world. But his frantic family is certain that something terrible has happened. After all, what runaway would leave behind a note that reads:

He looked around and saw the knife that had stabbed Basil Hallward. He had cleaned it many times, till there was no stain left upon it. It was bright and glistened. As it had killed the painter, so it would kill the painter’s work, and all that that meant. It would kill the past, and when that was dead, he would be free.

It’s not much to go on, but it’s all that detectives Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner have. And with every passing hour, as the odds of finding a missing person grow dimmer, it will have to be enough.

Author: Katrine Engberg
Original Title: Vådeskud
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1982127640
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
The Sanctuary

Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner rush to untangle a long-simmering mystery before a brutal killer strikes again.

Jeppe Kørner, on leave from the police force and nursing a broken heart, has taken refuge on the island of Bornholm for the winter. 

Also on the island is Esther de Laurenti, a writer working on a biography on a female anthropologist with a mysterious past and coming to terms with her own crushing sense of loneliness in the wake of a dear friend’s death. When Jeppe lends a helping hand at the island’s local sawmill, he begins to realize that the island may not be the peaceful refuge it appears to be.

Back in Copenhagen, Anette Werner is tasked with leading the investigation into a severed corpse discovered on a downtown playground. As she follows the strange trail of clues, they all seem to lead back to Bornholm.

With an innocent offer to check out a lead, Jeppe unwittingly finds himself in the crosshairs of a sinister mystery rooted in the past, forcing him to team up with Anette and Esther to unravel the island’s secrets before it’s too late.

Author: Katrine Engberg
Original Title: Isola
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1668020135
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press