The Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1) by Sara Blaedel

The Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1)

Already widowed by the age of forty, Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago–has died. And he’s left her something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.Clinging to this last shred of communication from the fath...


Details The Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1)

TitleThe Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1)
ISBN9781455541119
Author
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller
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Reviews The Undertaker's Daughter (Ilka #1)

  • Bandit
    1970-01-01
    Seriously? This is the queen of Danish crime fiction? Well, that's hugely disappointing. And to think I was so excited to see her new book available on Netgalley, thought finally this is the time I discover Blaedel for myself. The book itself is a overwhelmingly underwhelming story of a 40 year old woman who comes from Copenhagen to Racine USA to inherit her estranged and now dead father's funeral business. One, that despite not knowing much abou...
  • KC
    1970-01-01
    I received an advanced readers copy from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Ilka Jensen was a Dutch school photographer in Copenhagen when she was summoned to Racine, Wisconsin to deal with her newly deceased father's estate and funeral business, which was in financial shambles. When a unidentified body is brought to the funeral home, it appears to the police as an unsolved murder. The crime itself was more of the back sto...
  • Patricia Romero
    1970-01-01
    Blaedel introduces us to a new character, Ilke Jensen, living in Denmark, keeping up with her late husband's school photography business. A young widow, whose father left for America early on leaving her mother to handle the funeral business he ran.When she must go to America when he dies to handle his affairs, she discovers he was also in the funeral business in Racine, Wisconsin. Now she must clear his debts and decide if she will sell or not. ...
  • Judy Collins
    1970-01-01
    Review to follow.
  • Anne Mette Møller
    1970-01-01
    Rigtig fin bog skrevet af Danmarks krimidronnoning. Det er det første, jeg har læst af Sara, og jeg kan godt lide hendes skrivestil og den gode fortælling. Jeg var godt underholdt!
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    Sara Blaedel takes a break from her Louise Rick series by bringing Denamrk to the U. S., and also introduces a new character.Ilka Jensen finds herself the owner of her late father's funeral home in Racine, Wisconsin. While trying to decide to keep the business or not, Ilka finds herself pulled into a murder with ties to a long ago tragedy and secrets galore.A character driven story line and an awesome beginning to this promising new series.Must a...
  • SidseC
    1970-01-01
    Sara Blædel har længe været min yndlingsforfatter fordi Louise Rick-bøgerne alle har været så spændende at jeg næsten ikke kunne lægge dem fra mig. Jeg må her ærligt indrømme at jeg IKKE blev skuffet selvom det er en helt anden type krimi end jeg er vant til. Jeg ELSKER at der her er mere fokus på de pårørende og følelser mere end fokus på decideret opklaring af et mord. Elskede "bedemandens datter" og hold nu OP hvor jeg glæder...
  • Joyce
    1970-01-01
    2 and 1 / 2 starsAt age forty, Ilka inherits her father’s funeral business in Racine, Wisconsin. She travels from Copenhagen to take over the business. Although Ilka has some good memories of her childhood and her father when she was a young girl, he did abandon her mother and Ilka when she was seven-years old. However, Ilka doesn’t like herself very well. She sleeps around with unknown men to “release stress.” There was too much of this ...
  • Hannelore Cheney
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for the eARC.Having read the excellent Louise Rick series, I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it was disappointing. Not much of a mystery, more the tale of a dysfunctional family, I couldn't really warm up to the protagonist, Ilka Jensen. Her father abandoned her and her mother when she was 7, and when he passes away in Wisconsin, she flies there to find out she has inherited...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    Ilka’s father abandoned her and her mother in Denmark decades ago to start a new life in America. When she’s notified of his death, Ilka travels to Racine, WI where she learns she has inherited his funeral home business. But he left a mess of debt for her to clean up and she has to decide how to proceed. Then an unidentified corpse that has been beaten to death turns up and the plot thickens…For starters, the mystery aspect of the plot is r...
  • Jean Martin
    1970-01-01
    Okay, I REALLY hate to not finish a book. Especially a book by an author that I really like. I love Sara's Louise Rick series and was excited for a new book by her. I made it about 40% through this book before giving up. I didn't have any problems with the main character, I just didn't see the mystery and thriller that this book was supposed to be. I can't give a better review on this book since I didn't finish it. Thank you to NetGalley for the ...
  • Ken Fredette
    1970-01-01
    Racine Wisconsin is very close to where I live, a hop and a throw. I was blown away with her story about Ilka and her father hitting the road and divorcing her mother. I could see everything that happened and she explained herself pretty well. However every time she changed her mind something happened to change it back. I was impressed at how well she handled most situations with her, we do it this way in Denmark. Everything worked out with findi...
  • Lars Poulsen
    1970-01-01
    For længe siden læste jeg Sara Blædels debutroman "Grønt støv", og var ikke specielt imponeret. Derfor har hendes forfatterskab heller ikke været noget jeg har interesseret mig en hel masse for. Men da hun kom på banen med en ny serie, hvoraf "Bedemandens datter" er første bind i en planlagt trilogi, blev jeg enig med mig selv om at jeg hellere måtte læse den. Uanset hvad, så er Sara Blædel nu en forfatter af en sådan kaliber, at man...
  • Camilla Laugesen
    1970-01-01
    Ilka lever en stille og rolig tilværelse i Danmark som skolefotograf. Hun har "arvet" jobbet og forretningen efter sin afdøde mand. Har egentlig den tilværelse hun gerne vil have.Imidlertid får hun et brev fra USA. Hendes far er død og Ilkas tilstedeværelse ønskes idet faderen bod skal gøres op. Han forlod Danmark, datter, hustru og en bedemandsforretning på randen af fallit da Ilka var 7 år, og har ikke ladet høre fra sig siden.Det er...
  • Henrik Koudahl
    1970-01-01
    Hvor mange stjerner giver man en bog, som blev læst på en aften og samtidigt med fjernsynet viste fodboldkampen Polen – Portugal? Når jeg først opdagede at kampen var forbi efter slutfløjt og at der havde været straffesparkskonkurrence, så har Sara Blædel formået at holde mig fanget i hendes nye universers. Faktisk så meget at jeg var klar til forsættelsen…Hvor bøgerne om Louise Rick er mere traditionelle krimier, det er hvor Loui...
  • SVRosenmeier
    1970-01-01
    Den virker meget lang, eller også er den indholdsløs. Der bruges virkelig lang tid på ingen ting. Der er minimum af handling, og det virker som om afslutningen/plottet bare hurtigt skulle jappes af til sidst.Men jeg var dog underholdt.Jeg tror at man selv skal have mange ligheder med Ilka (hovedpersonen) for at denne bog muligvis fænger.
  • Jan Stinus Nielsen
    1970-01-01
    Fremragende underholdning. Jeg glæder mig allerede til at læse den næste bog i Ilke-serien. Og nu er det tid til kringle.
  • Pia Freundlich
    1970-01-01
    Irriterende slutning. Lagt op til en efterfølgende bog. Ikke meget krimi, men en rigtig god historie godt fortalt. En stort indblik i bedemændene arbejde
  • Line
    1970-01-01
    Klassisk Sara Blædel, hun gør det godt i det nye univers
  • Christen Moore
    1970-01-01
    Torn and conflicted is the best way to describe my feelings about The Undertaker’s Daughter. I am a big fan of Sara Blaedel’s Louise Rick series; so I was very excited when I found out Blaedel was starting a new series. Unfortunately, there were a few issues with this book that prevented me from loving it as much as I hoped I would. I am conflicted over this book because I was disappointed with Ilka. I thought I would be reading a amateur det...
  • BOOKLOVER10
    1970-01-01
    Ilka Nichols Jensen is a forty-year-old Danish widow who has never come to terms with her past. Her father, Paul, was a compulsive gambler who left her and her mother, Karin, thirty-three years ago. For quite a while, Karin had to struggle to earn enough money to support herself and her daughter. When Ilke learns that Paul has died and that she is mentioned in his will, she flies to Racine, Wisconsin, hoping to find out more about the man she lov...
  • AngryGreyCat
    1970-01-01
    The Undertaker’s Daughter by Sara Blaedel is another signed ARC from BEA received for a fair review. Sara Blaedel is a Danish author who writes crime fiction being best known for her Louise Rick series. This book straddles both sides of the Atlantic. Ilka is a Danish school photographer and widow, who receives word that her estranged father has died in Racine, Wisconsin. She travels to Wisconsin to settle up his estate, including his funeral ho...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel is a standalone (or the first in a new series) and not part of her series featuring Louise Rick. It differs from Blaedel's other series: it is set in the U.S. rather than in Denmark and the main character is a school photographer rather than a detective.Some thirty years ago, Ilka Jensen's father deserted his family, and Ilka is shocked to learn that on her father's death three decades later, he has left ...
  • Viva
    1970-01-01
    2 stars = it was ok as per GR's 5 star system. This is a neutral rating from me.Though this was marked as a thriller/mystery, it's more like regular fiction with a little whodunit at the end. The buildup was a long one and I kept wondering where and when the mystery part was going to be. But I enjoyed this book more as an undertaker's daughter coming to America to take up her father's undertaking business than anything else. There appears to be a...
  • Laurel
    1970-01-01
    Ilka Jensen living in Copenhagen and running her late husband’s school photography business receives word that her father has died and has left her something in his will. Having abandoned Ilka and her mother years before, she travels to Racine, WI to find she has inherited a funeral parlor. A funeral parlor in financial trouble. When a young man who is presumed to be homeless is found beaten to death Ilka gets more involved that she had planned...
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    2.5 *s. I'm a fan of Sara Blaedel's Louise Rick crime fiction series. The Undertaker's Daughter is quite different from this series. In this novel, Ilka, a Danish school photographer, inherits her father's funeral home in the US. While trying to run the funeral home, she encounters an unsolved murder. This novel may appeal more to those who don't like the edgier crime fiction with hard core crimes and detectives. Although this novel didn't work p...
  • Bexa
    1970-01-01
    This had got to be a poor translation of the book, I cannot believe that this is how her characters are usually. I've never read anything by her, and my boss received an ARC and let me borrow it, but this was just bad. The whole idea that this is a mystery novel or a thriller or anything other than a poor drama is ridiculous. Ilka is just idiotic in every move she makes, and it is obvious that the author never visited Racine before writing this, ...
  • Gretchen
    1970-01-01
    I’m a sucker for most books set in the Midwest, since I’m from there and it always gives me a sense of nostalgia. But I also loved the new main character in this book, and the cast of characters she deals with are all complex and quirky (though not in trope-y ways) and their backstories all weave together seamlessly to create this story of small-town secrets and lies that have finally come back to exact their consequences. Loved it. Can’t w...