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The Tenant

(Kørner/Werner #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,045 ratings  ·  549 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Gallery/Scout Press (first published 2016)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ring ring prrrrr…

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Nilufer-Hi there, I had a promising Danish thriller in my hands.

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Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime, mystery
Katrine Engberg’s debut Scandinavian noir thriller, The Tenant is a gritty crime mystery with a riveting plot that is intricately constructed. Katrine bases her story in Copenhagen and crafts a Nordic atmosphere that is uniquely styled and vividly portrays the location in all its sweeping facets.

Julie Stender is a young woman found brutally murdered in her apartment, with multiple stab wounds and a pattern carved into her face. There is no theft or sexual assault so the crime screams
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Tenant is a Scandinavian mystery about a murder that mirrors the events of an unpublished manuscript.

The narrative is split between multiple characters. The main points of view are told from the perspectives of the mystery writer and the main police detective.

I love the premise of The Tenant, so much so that I bumped up my review one star because there are some original and interesting elements of the mystery that I appreciated. However, the execution was lacking.

I struggled with the
Chelsea Humphrey
This one has been translated into English to make it's debut in the US, and mark my words, it is THE nordic crime fiction breakout of 2020! I can't wait to follow these new detectives in the cases that come next.

"Perfect fare for fans of Jo Nesbo, Jeffrey Deaver, and Tana French...."


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed, vine
I was disappointed in this. Katrine Engberg writes very well and the prose flows perfectly, so I'm assuming the translation is very good. The weakness is the plot; I didn't like the mystery. Opening up with a young torture/murder victim who has had deep decorative lines carved into her face while she was still alive promises great Scandy noir stuff ahead. But it didn't play out that way. Without spoiling anything, the story is all over the place and the book lacks suspense. I want to be glued to ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of the Tenant had me hooked!!

But, unfortunately I struggled so much with this book. I struggled with the writing.. and am not sure if it was translation issues but I found the book to be extremely boring. I found the pacing slow, characters flat, and the mystery lacking. I had high expectations for this one and had high hopes but it just was lacking so much for me.

I think there are wayyyy to many mystery/police procedural thrillers out there that are so similar but change character
3.5 stars

This is book #1 in a series set in Copenhagen featuring Danish detectives Jeppe Kørner & Anette Werner. There are 3 more that follow, not yet translated.

It all begins with a body. In this case, a young woman named Julie Stender is found horribly mutilated in the apartment she rents from landlady Esther de Laurenti. Violent murders are rare in this city & the resulting media frenzy doesn’t help Jeppe & Anette as they begin to dismantle Julie’s life in search of their killer.

Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Katie B
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This is the first book in a Nordic police detective series and I liked this one enough that I'm looking forward to reading more of these books in the future. There was a pretty solid mystery in this one although it got a bit messy and complicated towards the end. I feel like I got a bit of a taste for the two police detectives and I'm curious to learn more about their pasts as well as what's next in store for them.

Copenhagen police detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are assigned
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.75 Nordic noir stars

This somewhat dark police procedural is set in Denmark and reminds me a bit of Jo Nesbo. Katrine Engberg is a new author to me, but I understand she’s an international bestseller.

This book opens with a grisly murder scene and I spent the rest of the book trying to unravel the puzzle. I thought I had it all figured out, but no, I was way off base! There are two Copenhagen detectives Korner and Werner that work on the case and they act like an old married couple!

The murder
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A brutal murder in a building owned by an author who is writing a book with a similar story line causes her to be the main suspect.

Julie and her roommate Caroline live in a building owned by Esther de Laurenti, the author. Julie is murdered, and the murder has the entire police force baffled.

Nothing like this has ever happened in her building, and Esther can’t understand it.

The clues all seem to point to Esther, though, and especially since the murder scene and situation are similar to her book,
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest review. I often enjoy Nordic Noir crime stories, but I am sorry to say this one failed to resonate with me. I found it slow and the language flat. I was not feeling any sense of excitement or suspense. These ingredients were present in the plot, but the thrills I expected to feel were absent for me. The plot was complicated and well thought out with a variety of suspects,
The Tenant is coming to the US in January 2020 and I see fans of Lars Kepler and Joe Nesbo fawning over this nordic noir crime-fiction novel. What starts out as a standard murder mystery, the story begins to unfold drastically to provide an over-the-top, yet definitely enjoyable, sinister master plot. I read this e-book during my commute home from Thanksgiving (thank you Dramamine for preventing motion sickness) and I read it in one-sitting! While the story is definitely bingeworthy, the ...more
Crime by the Book
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars for this compelling if slightly uneven debut. Katrine Engberg has been quickly gaining popularity in Europe, and I was so excited to read her debut novel this year. The Tenant follows two police officers in Copenhagen as they investigate a bizarre murder, one which appears to be based on an unpublished manuscript. There's a lot to love here: plenty of human drama, a vivid cast of characters, and an intricate plot. However, it took me about 100 pages to feel like this story really ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie, a 21 year old women, is found murdered and mutilated in her Copenhagen apartment. Detectives Jeppe and Anette are assigned to the difficult case, which seems to go nowhere. A suspect is found murdered, and someone confesses to the crime who obviously is lying. Details emerge from the past which shed new light on the case, but can they solve it before the deranged murderer kills again? I read a lot of Nordic Noir mysteries and have favorite translators, but was surprised that no translator ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Creepy, twisty, and ominous!

The Tenant is the start of a brand-new series by Engberg that sweeps you away to Copenhagen, Denmark where the prickly detective duo Kørner and Werner find themselves investigating a new complicated case involving a murder that seems to be plucked right off the pages of the landlord’s most recent manuscript, and a mutilated murder victim with a past full of secrets.

The prose is cunning and intense. The characters are secretive, flawed, and realistic. And the plot is a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Apparently, I have been living under a rock because I hadn’t heard of Danish mystery author extraordinaire Katrine Engberg until now, but in my defense, this isn’t my usual genre, and I’ve only started branching out into crime noir fiction recently. Considering this, I think I scored pretty big stumbling upon The Tenant, the first book of the Kørner/Werner series which is already on its third volume in its original
Tiffany PSquared
*Many thanks to NetGalley, Scout Press, and the author for the opportunity to read and review a free copy of this book

What is it about Scandinavian mysteries that make reading them so fascinating? Engberg has a gritty thriller in The Tenant, where the suspects are plentiful and the whodunnit is truly a mystery. One thing I love the most is her beautifully flawed main characters. There are no super-detectives here, just hard-working police people working a twisted case that starts to rack up too
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
A debut Scandanavian crime thriller featuring two police detectives, Jeppe Kørner and Anette Werner, who are the Copenhagen officers assigned to the case of a brutally murdered young woman. Jeppe is the main character and he is well-drawn as a stereotypical flawed police detective who has been on the job a long time. He's divorced, but hasn't gotten over his wife leaving him. We don't learn a lot about his partner, Anette, other than she's married and that Jeppe finds her irritating.

The case is
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

So this was a really good thriller. I have never read a book taking place in Denmark before. Or at least I don't think I have. It was interesting to see how the partners in this book (Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner) deal with the murder of a young woman and then the twists and turns the murder case takes. We do get to see more of Jeppe in this one, or least his emotional state. The main reason why I
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Needed an American Editor

Something was lost in translation.
Set in Copenhagen, Denmark the po po search for the killer of a young woman found dead in her apartment.
Po po? If i'm a Danish reader that makes no sense. It's US slang for the police. How would Danish readers know? It would need a Danish editor to smooth out the strange urban dialogue.
That was a problem with this book. Do American editors read foreign books before they are printed?

And since the joint was just a loogie away from police
Andrea Pole
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tenant by Katrine Engberg is a Scandinavian noir that pairs perfectly with shorter days and the autumnal chill in the air. This one is dark, twisted, and complex, and pretty much everything you would expect from this addictive genre.

Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner, Copenhagen police detectives, respond the the grisly murder of a twenty-'one year old woman whose lifeless body is discovered by a fellow tenant in her apartment. Adding further to the savage crime, the victim's face has been
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be an interesting book for several reasons - not the least of which that it's set in Denmark, written by a popular Danish author and is the first of her work, I believe, to be translated for the U.S. market. It's also the first in a detective series, so I'll assume that if it does well here in the states, we'll have the opportunity to read more.

And that's fine by me. Up front, though, I'll say I never totally warmed up to either of the main characters - police investigator
Christi M
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
One morning Gregers Hermansen is taking his trash out when he notices the door to his neighbor’s apartment is open. As he enters their home he literally stumbles over one of the girls that lives there. In this Danish detective series, detectives Korner and Werner are assigned to investigate the case. The two of them dislike so many of the small things that make each person who they are, but somehow they are led to believe that they complement each other even if they don’t quite understand what ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
With being so unbelievably busy with work this week, I read this book sporadically and I wonder if that made any difference in how I felt about this than if I had read it in one sitting (which is the way I prefer to read honestly). I liked this read but I didn't love it. Here's why.

The plot is nothing too unique. Girl found dead. Let's find out who did it. Jeppe and Anette are on the case. I did like their relationship and banter but am curious why more was spent on Jeppe and his personal life
Monika Sadowski
I love good book about great detective work and this is what this novel is about. A lot of twist and turns, no dull moments or unnecessary descriptions. The old man finds a body of the young woman and detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner are trying to find out what happened in the apartment building own by writer Esther de Laurenti. It was my first book written by Katrine Engberg but I need check more of her work.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure what I expected but The Tenant definitely delivered; it kept me guessing, wanting to know more but not wanting the story to end (and it’s a #1 bestselling book in Denmark)! I thought this was an enjoyable mystery novel with extremely descriptive details of the police investigation, the murders themselves, and forensic techniques (which I appreciated). There was solid pacing, an interesting premise, and suspense built throughout the story.
Although I have to say I kinda hated the
Out of the Bex
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A murder mystery with a classic structure, but a modern style.

So many red herrings!!!

I convinced myself a dozen times over the culprit was the character—no this one!—no, THAT one! It made for a fun reading experience with a lot of different avenues to explore. The villain was NOT obvious to me! That in itself is a win for a mystery reader.

The pacing is about middle of the road, I still read it in a few days. You can expect perspective shifts and multiple narratives. If that’s not your thing,
Olga Gamer
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was hopeful that I would enjoy "The Tenant," the first novel in Katrine Engberg's crime series featuring police sergeants Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner. Danish noir, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this one and remain doubtful I will continue with the series.

The plot of the novel is simple: the duo is assigned to the case of a young woman who was murdered in her apartment and left with an intricate pattern of lines carved into her face. Her landlady, Esther de Laurenti,
Susan Johnson
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is a new entry into the Nordic genre set in Copenhagen and so it contains some graphic scenes. A young lady, Julie, is found murdered with a carving into her face and some of it was made while she was alive. Yuck. The elderly man who finds her is so horrified that he has a heart attack and falls on her body.

This is an older house with a business on the ground floor, the young woman and her room-mate on the next floor, the elderly man on the next floor and the owner, Esther, who has lived
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