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Death of a Nightingale (Nina Borg #3)

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From the Nordic noir duo who brought you The New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Suitcase comes a chilling new thriller with a mystery seventy-years in the making.

Nina. Natasha. Olga. Three women united by one terrifying secret. But only one of them has killed to keep it.

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Soho Crime (first published 2011)
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Jan 29, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it
Death Of A Nightingale
Lene Kaaberbol & Agnette Friis

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Natasha Doroshenko has been arrested for murdering her fiancé. On her way to her interrogation she escapes. Nina Borg...a nurse...tries to help Natasha and her daughter but much is unknown about this woman and her past.

My thoughts after reading this book...

This book captured my attention in the opening pages. Natasha is being held by the police while her daughter is being cared for at a Red Cross facility und
Aug 09, 2013 Zoeytron rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Grab a cup of hot tea and settle on in for a Nordic winter’s tale. You’ll want that hot beverage as you read the vivid descriptions of the driving snow and bone-chilling cold. This mystery is woven between scenes from the Ukraine in 1934 and present day Denmark. It all comes together by the end of the book.

While an enjoyable read, I do think the novel would have been better served if I had read the previous two books in the series featuring Nina Borg before tackling this one. As it was, there w
Nov 06, 2013 Celia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Nina Borg, now separated from her husband and becoming somewhat estranged from her children, is maybe a bit too emotionally attached to a child, Katarina, in her care at the Red Cross camp. Katarina was placed at the camp when her mother, Natasha, was arrested for the attempted murder of her fiancee, Michael. He'd been abusive to her but she snapped when Natasha caught Michael attempting to sexually assult Katarina. Things escalate when Natasha escapes from the officers taking her in for questio ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 18, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it really liked it
Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis return with their third book - Death of a Nightingale - featuring protagonist Nina Borg.

Nina is a Red Cross nurse working in a Danish refugee camp. She's passionate about her work and the people she looks after - to the detriment of her own life. Her marriage has broken down and she's lost custody of her children.

Death of a Nightingale continues the story of two of the residents of Coal House Camp - Ukrainian national Natasha and her daughter Katerina. Natasha has
Nov 22, 2013 Larraine rated it it was amazing
t can be difficult to jump into an ongoing crime/mystery series. The main character in this series, Nina Borg, was introduced in the book "The Boy In The Suitcase," and another book followed. This is the third.

The books take place in Denmark which, like many other Western European Countries, has been faced with an influx of Eastern European refugees trying to find a better life. Nina is now divorced, has a mild case of OCD, is not the most personable of people, but she cares desperately.

The na
Dec 04, 2013 Andrew rated it did not like it
I really should have learnt my lesson about this series. Thought the 1st book was an excellent Scandinavian style mystery and it was a nice easy read with a good storyline. The 2nd book was a quick turn off and I didn't get more than 50 pages in. So I thought hey why not give the third one a go.

Well this time, I made it over 200 pages in and then I realized I just had nothing invested in the book or the characters. The main protagonist Nina Borg is merely there just so they can say its part of
Sep 09, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it
Because books that are translations depend so much on the translator, I usually stay away from them. Besides, there seems to be a craze lately for any mystery/thriller written by a Nordic author. So DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE had two points against it right off the bat.

Surprise: DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE is very good as long as it doesn't bother you that you can't pronounce most characters' names. It also has a slower beginning than lovers of thrillers expect. But it doesn't take long for some mysterie
Jun 16, 2014 Scilla rated it it was ok
I found this book a little confusing. It jumped between current time in Denmark and 20 years ago or so in Ukrainia. The people talked about in Ukrainia were not identified as any of the current characters until the last chapter in the book. The current story told about a young mother, Natasha, who has been accused in Ukrainia of killing the husband she loved, and in current time killing her Danish fiance who had been abusing her. She is trying to save her daughter, Katerina, who has asthma and i ...more
Chris Birdy
Apr 05, 2016 Chris Birdy rated it really liked it
This was an extremely intense book of a Ukrainian woman, Natasha, accused of killing her second husband. She's hiding from the Danish authorities with her sick child. When she's caught, the child is sent to a refugee camp and Nina Borg becomes involved trying to care for the little girl. The story goes back to 1935 and Stalin's reign and his systematic starvation of the Ukranian people as he collectivized agriculture. The story was difficult to follow as it moved back and forth in time. All in a ...more
May 13, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2014-reads
This series just keeps getting better...I love Nina Borg! I love how beautifully flawed she is. Her OCD is charming. I admire her dedication to the refugees at the Coal House camp and feel sad with her when it creates a heartbreaking rift in her family. In this book, she is still struggling to find an appropriate work/life balance...and while most of us don't work in a refugee camp, it's easy to relate to that constant tug of needing to be two places at once. Adding to the chaos, is the fact tha ...more
Nov 08, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg was first introduced to readers in The Boy In The Suitcase. Nina takes her job very seriously and her commitment to her work has interfered with her relationship with her husband and children.

The book skips back and forth between Nina's present day time and the story of two young women growing up in Stalinist Ukraine in 1934, the time of the terrible famine. The story of the two young girls growing up during the famine is one that keeps the reader fascinated.

Jun 14, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Recently, I've really gotten into crime thrillers - and I discovered the Nina Borg series by Kaaberøl and Friis and Death of a Nightingale is the third book in these series. I actually read the past two previously a few months back, but since I was allowed to read this book as an arc, so I feel obliged to review it - not only to show gratitude to the authors for giving these arcs out, but because I truly did enjoy these books.

As I said previously, this book is the third book in the Nina Borg ser
Apr 16, 2015 M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I recommend this series to mystery lovers, especially to readers who prefer plots that explore social justice and morality. Death of a Nightingale finds Nina Borg, compulsive do-gooder, now involved with Ukrainian detainees seeking asylum in Denmark. Among them are Natasha, abused refugee and widow of a slain journalist, and her anxious 8-year-old daughter, Katerina. The two are being pursued by a mysterious, powerful Ukrainian woman, as well as by Danish security and police forces, who consider ...more
I picked this up as a free galley at ALA Annual--thanks, Soho Crime! It's due out in November 2013.

This is (I think) the third Nina Borg book from authors Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. Their first was The Boy in the Suitcase, which was very well received, and their second was Invisible Murder, which I just found right now while trying to figure out the backstory here. Basically, I'm coming in midstream.

This inevitably meant that there was some assumed backstory that was opaque to me, and tha
Cathy Cole
Aug 29, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it
Nina Borg is a fascinating character who can make a reader feel strong and conflicting emotions. Her work for the Danish Red Cross is her mission in life. She is compelled to save the world through every single person she helps. She is a person to be admired for her strength, determination, and protective instincts. But that very same zeal has come at a great price. By focusing on the care of strangers, in this third book in the series Nina has lost her husband and children, who have given up de ...more
This book marks the third entrant in the Danish Nina Borg series. This one also includes a historical element set in the Ukraine in the 1930s. It has been over a year since I last read this series, but the authors do a pretty nice job of inserting reminders of the previous plots without giving away anything too significant for readers first coming to the series here (though I certainly recommend reading them in order - if for nothing else than to fully experience Nina’s character arc).

The novel
Feb 16, 2016 Janelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I had a horrible time putting this book down from the start. This is the third book in the Nina Borg trilogy. Again, the authors make a compelling story that's full of action as they shift from past to present and character to character. Nina is a nurse who divorced and depressed and finds herself caught in a cat and mouse game between a fugitive Ukrainian woman she once helped and some unknowns who may be behind the double homicides she supposedly committed. I love Nina because she is a flawed ...more
Brenda  Adams
Aug 07, 2015 Brenda Adams rated it really liked it
Tense thriller, although a little hard to follow at times. It took me just a bit to identify the characters, but the taut writing kept me guessing right up until the end. I will be reading more by this author.
Oct 11, 2013 LibraryReads rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2013
“Compulsive do-gooder Nina Borg is now involved with Ukrainian detainees seeking asylum in Denmark. Among them are Natasha, an abused refugee and widow of a slain journalist, and her anxious 8-year-old daughter, Katerina. The two are pursued by a mysterious, powerful Ukrainian woman and Danish security forces, who consider Natasha a suspect in her fiance’s murder. Two plots gradually merge in a dramatic climax. Recommended for fans of Karin Fossum, Arnaldur Indridison, Colin Cotterill and myster ...more
Jan 25, 2016 Skip rated it it was ok
Weakest of the three Nina Borg books by the Danish duo of Kaaberbol and Friis. Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian immigrant,convicted of the attempted murder of her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to police headquarters in Copenhagen. The Ukranian secret police are after her, and Natasha tries to get to her daughter Rina, who is under Nina's care. There is a second plot in the Ukraine during the 1930s, which seems pretty pointless, even when its relevance is finally revealed. Disap ...more
Gloria Feit
Jun 08, 2014 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
There are protagonists of all kinds, professions, sexes and other attributes, but in this series the protag is a Red Cross nurse, and an unusual one, since she has a compulsion to save the world and mistreated underdogs. So Nina Borg, in this, the third novel in the series, has a Ukrainian refugee, accused of knifing her abusive fiancé (as well as her husband back in the Ukraine), and her young daughter to protect.

The plot includes a back story which takes place in the Ukraine during 1934-5 invo
Jun 06, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
This is a wonderful book for the summer, for plane travel, for the hotel, for the beach. Obviously it is not serious fiction but it is very good on its own merits as a psychological thriller. Moreover, for anyone who has sisters, or who has ever had a difficult relationship with a sister, the usual sibling rivalry and resentments, this is that same old familiar story taken to an entirely different level -- and for that very reason, potentially cathartic for the reader. (At any rate, certainly in ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Pamela rated it it was amazing

Shaped by the past

This is yet another story of crisis as lives intersect. It is told from the point of view of the past, in Ukraine, and the present, in Denmark. Nina continues her work with refugees, becoming over-involved in the lives of Natasha and her young daughter Katerina. She is in the process of recovering from her divorce and the loss of her own family, and uses Katerina's needs as a way to comfort herself.

But the connection to the Ukrainian refugees will become very complicated and

Gail Goetschius
Apr 04, 2014 Gail Goetschius rated it really liked it
I thought this was the best of the three Nina Borg crime thrillers so far. Nina is a dauntless and fearless nurse who cares for illegal immigrants in Copenhagen. While her selfless bravery is admirable it is also obsessive, and over the course of the first two novels we watched her jeopardize and lose her marriage to a much loved husband. In this novel the root of her need to save and her obsession with time are explained and by the close of the novel she is taking steps to deal with both.

The my
Nina Borg is an interesting, complex and not always likable character despite or maybe because of being an excessive bleeding heart. We do get a hint however, on what happened in her past to make her this way.

In this edition of the series, Nina is separated or divorced from her husband who was fed up with her putting others needs above him and their children. She's still a Copenhagen Red Cross nurse working for the Coal House Camp for refugees with a special interest in protecting one little Uk
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have way too much on my plate right now but I haven't been sleeping well so needed a little something to pass the midnight hours (strangely, my family does not appreciate housekeeping efforts at 1AM!). I was excited to see this third offering in the Nina Borg series and it did not disappoint. Good solid mystery/thriller with another view into the life of modern day refugees. This story begins with a fairy tale from "Stalin Land," about two sisters who sing like nightingales. The plot then togg ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Harvee rated it really liked it
What do these two stories have to do with each other - sisters in 1930s Ukraine and a Ukranian mother and daughter in modern day Denmark? There are surprises and twists in the novel as the two plots slowly mesh together into a tale of old betrayal and modern day revenge. I loved this crime fiction, as much as I liked the authors' first book, Boy in the Suitcase. A terrific story of how the past can continue on and spread its tentacles into the future.
Bieke Stengos
Apr 05, 2014 Bieke Stengos rated it liked it
It was a page turner but I think it lacked substance. The connection between the Ukraine and Natasha and her daughter is not present enough. The connection between Nina and the child is not believable. The child is seldom awake so the reader is simply told. Al the characters move in bubbles that bump into one another once in a while. We are told Olga becomes Anna but we are not shown. Unless if I totally got this wrong.
Apr 22, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reading this mystery was very timely for me in light of the current events in Ukraine. It made me feel the trauma of those living through the Stalin era and provided insight into the difficulties that people there have to this day. Found the wikipedia article helpful in understanding the extent of corruption in that country.

Also helpful is this article about crime bosses.

The writing skills of the authors did a good j
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