Monday, August 8, 2011

The Cosy Knave by Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen

The Cosy Knave (Gershwin & Penrose mystery) The Cosy Knave is an e-book, an English cosy mystery written by a Danish author. Jakobsen must be a descendant of both Victor Borge and Charles Dickens. She's a very funny writer, and she creates Dickensian names that add to the humor. That isn't all, though. She has written a very good story in this book.

The village of Knavesborough is all atwitter as the story begins because Sir Marco Bellini, a violinist who lost three fingers in an accident, has moved back to his hometown and bought Netherdale Manor. Not only that, he has brought along a young man who is purportedly his butler. Imagine that!

When Bellini has his first party at the manor, absolutely everyone goes including our heroine Rhapsody Gershwin, her friend Evy Wensleydale, and Evy's Aunt Rose Walnut-Whip. (What did I tell you about the names?) At the party Rose wanders around looking the place over and then she becomes violently ill. What an embarrassment. Four days later the Wensleydale's have a party for friends to watch an important soccer match on their big screen television set. Rose comes, just recovering, and is murdered.

Before long, a second victim has been pushed perhaps off a castle tower. Jack Warburton, the victim, was long ago Rose's fiance who left her at the altar. His body is found by Arnold Kickinbottom while picking mushrooms. Curiouser and curiouser.

I enjoyed Rhapsody, whose sister is Psalmonella (!), and her fiance Constable Archibald Penrose. Rhapsody is a librarian, the vicar's daughter, and good at helping Archie solve crimes. There is one hilarious scene where poor Rhapsody has a few drinks and ends up blotto. Even her father has to chuckle.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes their mysteries with a little clever humor. Knavesborough is just full of quirky characters and they all play a role in the story.


  1. Dear me! Victor Borge and Charles Dickens! If you knew how much I love Dickens!

    Barbara, I´ll run around like a headless hen for days now, and it´s all your fault :O

  2. I like mysteries and I adore quirky characters so this sounds right up my alley!

  3. What a fantastic review. This looks like a hilarious and fascinating book. A Scandinavian English cozy. LOL Scandinavians are dominating the mystery field aren't they? Is it some kind of conspiracy?

  4. As you know I enjoyed Dorte's book too. I like your review which is more informative than mine, I think! I hadn't thought of the similarity to Dickens for the names - but you're right.

  5. I have to get this one. It sounds not only fun but also charming. Nice to know it's by a fellow blogger.

  6. Barbara, I just did a bit of review surfing. Thanks a lot for several favours ;)