Department Q Book Series

Mercy Jussi Adler Olsen

So this is something new from me and kind of something I probably hadn’t thought I would ever write about, but since this blog is a reflection of what I like in life, it seemed only natural that I start doing book reviews, as reading has slowly become a bigger part of my life over the last few years.
I never used to read books, more on that later at a later post, but I really enjoy reading now in my adult life and actually prefer a good book to TV now. Crazy statement coming from me, if you had known me 10 years ago.

This first book (series) I am reviewing on here is the Department Q series written by Danish author Jussi Adler Olsen. It is a crime/mystery series, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.
I am not going to lie, this is a book series I probably wouldn’t have bought my self and even when I started reading it I wasn’t sure if this was a book for me, as I found the main character, in short, a bit annoying!
I got the first two books in the series as a present, from someone in Denmark, as they have become hugely popular over there. I do love a good crime/mystery TV-series, but like I said, not a book genre I had ever thought about picking up my self. I am really happy that I started reading them though, as this has to be the biggest “can’t put this book down, before I know what happens” book I have ever read.
Like I said, the main character Carl Mørck wasn’t my cup of tea in the beginning, he smokes to much, a bit chauvinistic and seems to get off on, getting on peoples nerves. But he seems to grow on you and the more you get to know him, the more you like him.

What I really like about these books, is definitely the writers ability to really allow you into the characters heads and really get a look into different peoples mind and how we are different as human beings. So a “bad” character is not just a bad person, you really get into the mind of that person and finds out why they are doing what they are doing, in their own twisted way.
These books are not, a murder has been committed, who has done it? kind of crime/mystery book either, actually you quite often find out or figure out who has done the crime early on, but it is the uncovering, the minds of the people and the chase that makes these books so hard to put down once you start reading.
The books follows Carl Mørck a police detective that has been put in charge of solving unsolved cases, so each book revolves around a new case. But, that is only half of the book, the other half is about Carl Mørck as a person and the people around him, so though you can read the books separately and out of order, you will definitely be missing out on part of the ongoing story between the main characters and how things unfolds in their relationship.

I have now read the first five books in the series. I did read them in Danish, which was a bit of a change for me, as I now mainly read books in english, but since the first two books I was given was in Danish, I have just continued reading the rest in Danish as well.
But I felt that for me to do a book review for you, who would probably most likely not get the Danish version, I decided to get the first book in the series, Mercy, in English and read it, to see if it translated well.
I think it does, the only thing is, that some of the Danish places described can seem a bit difficult to pronounce in english and a tiny bit of the humour is lost in the english version, but it is still just as gripping and difficult to put down.

And if you are a fan of the Nordic Noir that has been taken up a lot of air time on UK TV over the last couple of year, you might also be interested to know that the first two books has been made into films and with the third currently being filmed.
Though be aware that the films have different titles than the English titles, as they have the title of the American book titles, which in book ones case it “The Keeper of Lost Causes”.

For more info on book one, Click Here. For more info on the first movie, Click Here.

Have you read any of the Department Q book?