A Presence of Absence Blog Tour: Guest Post by Sarah Surgey

I’m really pleased today to have a guest post on the blog tour for the amazing sounding A Presence of Absence.  Although this is a book that sits in the Nordic Noir category the fact that it is written by two authors and has such an intriguing blurb makes it stand out for me.  Below I have an interesting guest post from one of the authors and further below that I have the synopsis for the second book in this series which is hopefully being published at the end of the year.


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Blurb:  The Odense Series is a new Nordic Noir/Brit Crime series that blends humanist stories and family drama with gritty crime in the central Danish city Odense.

British detective Simon Weller escapes the fallout from the recent suicide of his Danish wife, Vibeke and heads out to her home city of Odense. But once there he is paired up with a local detective, Jonas, who is also about to hit rock bottom in his home life and they must overcome their differences and personal problems to try and catch one of the worst serial killers Odense has seen in many years.

The case takes them back into past decades as history starts catching up with some of the local inhabitants.

When Simon realises that his wife’s suicide may not be all it seems and her name appears in the case, his integrity within the case is compromised, how far will he go to find out the truth of Vibeke’s past and hide it from his already troubled police partner?

Back home in London Simon’s family are struggling with their own web of lies and deceit and the family is falling apart.

With one family hiding a dark secret, the whole case is just about to reach breaking point.


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Guest post: What goes on around the ‘crime’ is just as important

By Sarah Surgey

We are a female writing duo whose everyday lives can be compared to most people reading this.

One of us is a mum, homemaker and freelancer and the other works full-time between different jobs and loves to travel, so what is it that attracts us to writing crime thriller…..do we need a bit of excitement in our lives?

Well, that would be nice but no, writing crime thriller isn’t always about having some dark fascination with murder and death.

Emma and I have both discussed this and for us, it’s the humanist stories around the crime that really engross us. Human responses, reactions and behaviours change when we deal with scenarios which are on a magnified scale. When we have to cope with loss, changes or sudden disruption and of course dealing with a loved one who has died can change how we become as people and we can never predict how we’ll cope.

But then magnify that death with a murder or suicide being involved and suddenly people behave in a way so completely out of character that for us as writers this is an interesting thread to follow.

The first book in The Odense Series is ‘A Presence of Absence’ and it deals with grief from those affected by death. We watch the fallout, the anger and strange behavioural patterns.

We look at two suicides, in two countries, in different decades. In amongst this, you will find the crime, the murders, the lies and deceit.

This is a story of revenge and retribution set amongst the cobblestone side streets of Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace, Odense and the bustling pavements, in the heart of London.

The character development has been described by reviewers as “incredibly strong” and this is important to us because we knew we wouldn’t just write one book, we wanted to carry these strong characters through a whole series and if we had any chance of being successful at this we would need to really develop them and have the reader wanting to emphasise with them, pity them and rejoice with them when they succeed.


About the Authors

SarahSarah Surgey

Sarah Surgey is a 36 year old British feature writer for various magazines. She lives in the UK with her husband and 4 daughters.

She has had an interest in all things Nordic for many years and has written about many genres within this subject for publication. Although British, she has Danish family and enjoys exploring Denmark and its culture whenever the opportunity arrives.

Sarah was brought up with crime books and inevitably has always had crime story scenarios going around inside her head. After interviewing many famous authors for different magazines within the Nordic literary circle and always knowing the answer to her question of “why did you start writing?” she felt now was her time to get her stories out there, for people to read!


EmmaEmma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the owner and editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia, a Nordic film and television journal that analyses popular Nordic titles. Part of her work includes working with directors, actors and filmmakers, and her numerous interviews with the biggest names in Nordic film and television have given her a privileged access to what makes Nordic narratives so successful. Cinema Scandinavia publishes bimonthly and is available in major Nordic film libraries.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheOdenseSeries
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OdenseSeries
Instagram: Sarah: https://www.instagram.com/the_wormcatcher/ Emma: https://www.instagram.com/emmavestrheim169/

Website: www.theodenseseries.com


The Enlightened Book Cover


The Enlightened is the second novel in the Odense Series.

When a young girls body is discovered in a burnt-out church, the Odense police initially conclude that it’s nothing more than a tragic accident involving a runaway. However, when British detective Simon Weller digs deeper, he finds a link between the girl and a cult up in the most northerly parts of Norway.

As more evidence arises, the arson attack on the church quickly becomes a murder investigation, and sees the detective travelling to Norway to work on the case alongside a young and eager Norwegian counterpart. Everything is not what it seems and they find themselves looking back over the history of Norse Mythology and how the past occult is once again fighting its way into modern day society. Meanwhile, in Odense Simon’s colleague Jonas Norgaard discovers an element to the case that puts Simon’s life in danger.

As the case unfolds across the corners of Scandinavia, in London Simon’s family is falling apart. With her husband, Michael, missing, Simon’s daughter Sanne spirals into depression and self-loathing, while her brother Thomas takes care of her children. Frustrated, Thomas starts investigating Michaels disappearance and comes across information that may answer why his mother committed suicide two years ago.

Intended release date: December 2017







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