Death of a Nightingale (audiobook)

The Nina Borg Series, book 3

Translated by Elisabeth Dyssegaard
Read by Susan Boyce
10.9 hrs • 9 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 11/05/13
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 11/05/13 9781482942095
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 11/05/13 9781482942064
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Playaway Playaway: Playaway editions are a pre loaded audio device that is half the size of deck of cards. Simply plugin headphones and listen. 
- 11/05/13 9781482954456
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A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fall 2013

Selected for the November 2013 Indie Next List

A November 2013 LibraryReads Pick

Natasha Doroshenko, a Ukrainian woman who has been arrested for murdering her Danish fiancé, escapes police custody on her way to an interrogation in Copenhagen’s police headquarters. It isn’t the first time Natasha has lost a partner to violent ends: her first husband was also murdered three years earlier, in Kiev, and in the same manner, his hands broken. At the same time, someone tries to abduct Natasha’s eight-year-old daughter from the Red Cross center that has been caring for her while her mother, an illegal immigrant, was in jail.

Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg has been following Natasha’s case for several years now, since Natasha first took refuge at a crisis center where Nina works. Nina, who had tried to help Natasha leave her abusive Danish fiancé more than once, just can’t see the young Ukrainian mother as a vicious killer. But in her effort to protect Natasha’s daughter and discover the truth, Nina realizes there is much she doesn’t know about this woman and her past. The mystery has long and bloody roots, going back to a terrible famine that devastated Stalinist Ukraine in 1934.

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Death of a Nightingale is a gripping and elegant tapestry of a novel. A seamless weaving of psychological depth and rocket-paced plotting, the story hooked me in, and the strong, complicated, and fascinating women at its center kept me utterly riveted cover-to-cover. Nina Borg is one of my new favorite heroines!”

Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author

“Feminist outrage…fuels the politically pointed novels of the Danish writing partners Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis…Nina is all heart and her efforts to bring justice to women like Natasha are heroic.”

New York Times Book Review

“The authors follow their 2011 Nordic noir hit The Boy in the Suitcase with this intense murder mystery, once again starring Danish Red Cross nurse Nina Borg. Intricate, compelling, and dark.”

Sacramento Bee

“Incredibly well written with both an original and suspenseful plot.”

Politken (Denmark) 

“Suspense that captivates you and characters that quickly become much more than just clever constructions.”

Extra (Ekstra Bladet, Denmark) 

“A stunning indictment of all that was wrong with Stalinist Russia…[and] a story that will leave the reader on the edge of the seat until the end.”

Deadly Pleasures

“Artfully drawn characters who are a pleasure to know populate Kaaberbøl and Friis’ excellent third thriller featuring nurse Nina Borg…Woven in with the present-day narrative are scenes from 1934 Ukraine, where two sisters are starving in a nightmare childhood. The stories eventually link up, of course, with one final clever twist.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In the third book of this Scandinavian crime series Red Cross nurse Nina Borg is once again involved in the lives of Eastern European immigrants living in Denmark…Fans of the duo’s previous books will not be disappointed. The authors maintain similar tension and mood as in their earlier books, and Nina Borg remains determined to protect those whom others might see as outcasts from society.”

Library Journal

“Readers who like historical fiction will…find themselves intrigued by the emotionally resonant portrayal of the sisters growing up in extraordinary times, and readers who like thrillers that touch on women’s issues will appreciate the sketches of two women, one determined to save her child at any cost, the other obsessed with saving the world one person at a time.”


“The third installment of the Nina Borg trilogy shuttles back and forth between a nerve-racking present and an unspeakable past…Required reading for fans of the burgeoning field of new Nordic suspense.”

Kirkus Reviews