Filter by

Any questions?

This week hand-picked selection

Browse by Theme

+ More themes

How it

  • Stay connected all year to the literary world
  • Receive every week our selection of adaptable titles that will be published
  • Ask complete reading reports and manuscripts
  • Be introduced by BS2BO to audiovisual rights holder
  • Find your next story in the database of more than 8,000 titles

See Membership & Pricing

Available languages:


Sara Blaedel

  • Original Title: ILKA
  • Publication date: June 2016
  • Publisher: People'sPress
  • Country: DK
  • 338 print pages
  • Suspense/Mystery


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Denmark, United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Heritage, Family secrets, Filiation, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Life change, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Multiculturalism


A woman receives an unexpected inheritance which turns out to be much more than she bargained for, from a father she hasn't heard from in three decades, forcing her to leave her native Denmark and relocate to Racine, Wisconsin (home to the largest population of Danes outside of Denmark)


Translation rights sold: US

The author's latest book was the most sold book of 2018 in Denmark.

Book 2, HER FATHER'S SECRET, was chosen as Best International Fiction in March 2019 by Crimereads.

The first installment of Sara Blaedel’s brand new trilogy, THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER will be available in North America in February 6, 2018.
According to her publisher, Sara Blaedel's best-selling novels have won her the title "Queen of Crime" in her native Denmark.

Grand Central has now (December 2017) acquired US publishing rights to Sara Blaedel's next two books in THE UNDERTAKER'S DAUGHTER suspense series.

“Compelling and unique, The Undertaker’s Daughter delves into a dark and fascinating world rarely explored in suspense fiction. Sara Blaedel knows how to reel in her readers and keep them utterly transfixed.“―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of I KNOW A SECRET


THE FAMILY SECRETS TRILOGY is a tale of searching both for the answers you have been looking for your entire life, and for a family, and finding it in a way that you had never expected. Sara Blaedel mixes fine tuned emotional relationship drama with mystery and suspense.

Book 1: BEDEMANDENS DATTER (The Undertaker's Daughter)

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 father she hasn’t heard from since childhood, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to Wisconsin. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father’s things - hoping for some insight into his new life in America - before preparing the business for a quick sale.

But when she stumbles on an unsolved murder, and a killer who seems to still be very much alive, the undertaker’s daughter realizes she might be in over her head…

Report available (Book 1)
English translation available (Book 1, 2 and 3)
Summary of Book 2

go further

  • Author’s biography

    Sara Blædel (born 1964), is a Danish author. Her crime series featuring Detective Louise Rick have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide and in over 37 territories. The series is now in development for TV by Hollywood studio Bron Studios. In the US alone her books have sold 700,000 copies. She founded the "Sara B" crime fiction publishing company in 1993, and in 1995 she started to work as a journalist. Her novels have been published in 31 countries. Voted the Most Popular Author in Denmark four times, she is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.