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Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes

Norwegian writer Jørn Lier Horst (b. 1970) and illustrator and animator Hans Jørgen Sandnes (b. 1979) have together created the bestselling children’s book series Detective Agency No. 2 for ages 6-9. Jørn Lier Horst has won multiple awards for his crime fiction books for adults, and is also the author behind the highly praised CLUE series for children aged 9-12. Horst’s ability to create charming and believable characters has resulted in a rich universe full adventure and mystery. Together with Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ award-winning illustrations, the Detective Agency No. 2 series’ universe and its lovable young detective duo are brought to vivid life before the reader.

Set in the idyllic small town of Riverton, the Detective Agency No. 2 series follows the adventures of our main protagonists Tiril and Oliver – not to mention their dog Ocho! Together the two young detectives collect evidence, search for connections, and join the at times perilous hunt for criminals. Concluding each book is an afterword in which readers can put their own sleuthing skills to the test.

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‘Operation Pirate’ No. 3 in Norway

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Pirate, the eleventh book in their Detective Agency No. 2 series, is No. 3 on the Norwegian bestseller list for fiction. Operation Pirate was published in Norway this February.

‘Operation Pirate’ published in Norway

Operation Pirate, the eleventh installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Detective Agency No. 2 series, is finally out in Norwegian bookstores!

During a beachside investigation Tiril and Oliver happen across a strange, old tin platter buried deep in the sand. The platter turns out to have belonged to the notorious pirate Timian Blest, and when it is stolen just days later the detectives understand that they’re onto something big. Might the thief know where Timian Blest’s treasure is hidden? And what does the platter have to do with it? Detective Agency no. 2 will have to draw on everything they have to solve this mystery!

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes dominate 2016’s Norwegian children’s books bestseller list

Of 2016’s 15 most sold children’s book titles in Norway, as many as 7 belong to the Detective Agency No. 2 series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Starting at No. 3, the bestselling titles are:

Operation Plastic Bag (Detective Agency No. 2, book 8)
Operation Thundercloud (Detective Agency No. 2, book 1)
Operation Summer Island (Detective Agency No. 2, book 5)
Operation Shadowman (Detective Agency No. 2, book 2)
Operation Bronze Square (Detective Agency No. 2, book 7)
Operation Sunset (Detective Agency No. 2, book 3)
Operation Windblast (Detective Agency No. 2, book 6)

Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes No. 1 and No. 2 in Norway

The official Norwegian bestseller list for November is in, and Jo Nesbø and Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes top the Children’s Book list with their latest publications for kids. At No. 1 is Jo Nesbø’s Can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?, published just at the start of the month, and at No. 2 comes Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ Operation Ghost, the tenth installment in the beloved Detective Agency No. 2 series.

‘Operation Ghost’ published in Norway

The tenth installment in Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ crime fiction series for kids is finally here! In Operation Ghost the members of Detective Agency No. 2 are faced with their spookiest mystery to date.

A girl with ghostly pale skin and deep, black eyes appears in the window of the old hunting lodge on Mount Storberget. The hunting lodge has always been surrounded by rumors of hauntings. Could the spooky apparition be “The Gray Girl,” a servant girl held prisoner in the lodge’s cellar long, long ago? It will take Detective Agency No. 2 to solve this mystery!

‘The Search for the Queen of the Jungle’ most sold children’s book this summer

Jørn Lier Horst and Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ The Search for the Queen of the Jungle is this summer’s most sold children’s book in Norway. The activity book, which features the gang from the Detective Agency No. 2 series, is joined on the list by a book from the original series, Operation Circus. The ninth installment in the series, Operation Circus keeps its No. 3 spot from last month’s list.

Detective Agency No. 2 sold to 13 countries

Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ crime fiction series for children, Detective Agency No. 2, is headed for Finland! Finland will be the 13th country the crime solving trio of Tiril, Oliver and Ocho make their debut in.

Official series trailer for ‘Detective Agency No. 2’

Detective Agency No. 2 and the city of Riverton come to vivid life in this animated trailer for the children’s detective series by Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes. Created by the talented Sandnes - the illustrator half of the author duo - the trailer gives a sneak peek at the series’ lushly imaginative universe and thrilling adventures!

‘The Search for the Queen of the Jungle’ published in Norway

Detective Agency No. 2 on a dangerous mission in the jungle!

Grandpa Franz, a seasoned explorer and adventurer, has gone to Africa to find the Queen of the Jungle. That’s all Tiril and Otto know about it until they get a secret message from Grandpa asking for their help. But where is he? And what on Earth is the Queen of the Jungle?

In Jørn Lier Horst & Hans Jørgen Sandnes’ second activity book for children, The Search for the Queen of the Jungle, the reader is invited to join Detective Agency No. 2 on a breathless chase through the jungle while the mysterious Toffen Gang is hot on their heels. Help Tiril and Otto solve the mystery and find Grandpa Franz by joining the hunt for evidence, following clues, and solving puzzles.

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