Sunday, February 23, 2020

Blog Tour - Death Deserved

Today I'm thrilled to be sharing with you my thoughts on Death Deserved.  Read on to see what I thought of another great Orenda Books publication.

TITLE: Death Deserved
AUTHORS: Jorn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger
PUBLISHER: Orenda Books
PUBLISHING DATE: January 31, 2020

FROM GOODREADS: Police officer Alexander Blix and celebrity blogger Emma Ramm join forces to track down a serial killer with a thirst for attention and high-profile murders, in the first episode of a gripping new Nordic Noir series… 

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV. 

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing-persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing… 

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flare for the dramatic, and thirst for attention. Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it… 

MY THOUGHTS: Last year I discovered that I really enjoyed foreign thrillers so naturally I jumped at the chance to start something new and share that new find with others.  Death Deserved is the start of a new series and I now that I've read it, I'm anxiously awaiting the next one.

In this installment, the unlikely pair of Emma Ramm, celebrity blogger, and Alex Blix, police officer, team up to figure out what happened to a famous long-distance runner.  Ramm discovered her guest missing when she showed up at her house which put her right in the middle of the investigation.

I can honestly admit that serial killers have always interested me. I'm intrigued by how they function and what makes them tick.  Add that in with celebrity deaths and a blogger and I knew the likelihood was good that I would enjoy this novel.  I'm also always intrigued to see two authors working together and their styles really meshed on this police procedural.  I was really engaged with the characters and because they are working against time to find the killer, the book was extremely fast-paced.

I have had such great success reading Orenda  Books publications and after reading Violet last year, and Death Deserved at the beginning of 2020, they are definitely becoming a published to watch.  If you are ready to strap yourself in for one hell of a rider, then pick up Death Deserved.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian
police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense.

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul
series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer.

Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.


  1. I hadn't heard of this but it sounds really good. I think it would be fun to read a story with a blogger as one of the characters😁

  2. Ooh! I need to add this one to my list!!

  3. Thanks for the blog tour support xx

  4. I love foreign thrillers, too. I'm glad this one worked!

    1. It did. I have great luck with Orenda publishing.

  5. I tried a couple foreign thrillers last year, and they just ... weren't all that thrilling? I suppose I should try again, so maybe I'll look into this one, since you liked it so much. Nordic Noir sounds really interesting, and I admit I'm intrigued that one of the main characters is a celebrity blogger. How cool is that?

    1. I think some are hit or miss. Orenda Books is my go-to publisher for foreign tales. I read Violet last year for a blog tour and loved loved loved it!

  6. I like foreign thrillers too although I've not read many so recommendations are always good. I remember your Violet review and in fact added that to my wishlist. Shall keep my eye on this publisher.
    Lynn :D

    1. I hope you enjoy Violet when you get to it.