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Liv Jensen #1

Investigator Liv Jensen is in a frenzy. Unpleasant circumstances force her to quit her job at the Aalborg police and return to her childhood home. Fortunately, she quickly finds a lease in the basement of a house in Vesterbro with the retired frame maker, Jan Leon, and his grown-up daughter Hannah. Two people who share a great sadness.

Liv dreams of a position at the homicide department in the capital, but has to settle with working as a private detective with the case she gets from her friend and mentor, Petter Bohm from the Copenhagen Police. The case is about a cultural journalist who was strangled three years ago, the perpetrator was never caught. Maybe Liv can solve that case, erase the memories from Aalborg and return to the police again?

The case forces Liv to revisit the past, travel to the west coast of Jutland and into one of the darkest chapters in Danish history. It all ties together. Everyone is running from something, and no one can feel safe.

The Writing on the Wall is the first installment in a new crime series starring investigator and private detective Liv Jensen, car mechanic Nima Azour and psychiatrist Hannah Leon.


  • “Engberg skillfully links the stories of different people together and always allows the theme of escape to shine through. Exciting until the end.”

    Freundin, Germany

  • “Engberg has, as usual, a large gallery of characters and creates a winding labyrinth with many tricky side tracks. (…) The strengths lie in the language, the environmental descriptions, and the very believable characters. And skillfully, without using simple solutions, she manages to tie up all the loose ends.”

    BTJ, Sweden

  • “Exciting from page one! ”

    tv Hören und Sehen, Germany

  • “Katrine Engberg writes lively, and she cleverly brings together different narrative strands. (…) she leaves so much in the dark about Liv Jensen that you are eagerly awaiting for it to be revealed in the next volume. ”

    WDR 5, Germany

  • “Engberg is a true storyteller.”

    Politiken, Denmark

  • “Engberg is one of the best Danish thriller authors.”

    Berlingske, Denmark

  • “A strong plot with a psychological nerve from the first lady of Danish crime fiction (…) Katrine Engberg has put together a complex intrigue that is interesting until the very last moment.”

    NRK, Norway

  • “Katrine Engberg has constructed a complex and exceptionally interesting plot (…).”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

  • “Engberg skillfully ties together the fates of the various characters and links the past with the present in a believable way. (…) The tension lasts until the dramatic denouement, and one can sense that new missions await Liv.(…) Other relationships in this crime novel are also carefully depicted with details that linger.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “[The Writing on the Wall] is a captivating story about a freelancing private detective. Katrine Engberg is truly one of the most critically acclaimed of all the many Nordic crime writers. ”

    Icakuriren, Sweden

  • “There is some kind of wonderful insanity here that I really love. /…/The author is very skilled at nurturing even small supporting characters, quickly giving us a sense of who they are. (…) There are many threads, but the author keeps good order and skillfully weaves them together to a dramatic resolution with some surprising twists. Katrine Engberg is hard to beat when it comes to intelligent plot construction that makes us readers happy.”

    Kapprakt, Sweden

  • “One of Denmark’s most skilled suspense authors paints a teeming gallery of characters in the first part of her new crime series. (…) Engberg convinces in the way she successfully portrays the character’s inner lives with her ingenious wording, and as a reader, you immediately become emotionally invested in them. ”

    Amelia, Sweden

Photo: Les Kaner Katrine Engberg
  • Crime
Reading material

Danish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Denmark, Alpha

Estonia, Eesti Raamat

Finland, Otava

France, Fleuve Noir

Germany, Piper

Iceland, Ugla

Italy, Marsilio

Norway, Bonnier Norsk

Portugal, Minotauro

Sweden, Forum

Film rights sold

Denmark, Zentropa

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