Rights Update: Swedish Crime Writer’s Debut Book Sells to 10 Territories

In News by Porter Anderson

Lina Bengtsdotter’s novel ‘Annabelle’ is a hit with rights buyers. And the book comes with its own pop song by the author’s sister, Petra Brohäll.

Lina Bengtsdotter’s ‘Annabelle’ is published in Sweden by Bokförlaget Forum

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Bengtsdotter’s Rights: 10 Territories
According to Céline Hamilton at Bonnier Rights in Stockholm, rights to Lina Bengtsdotter‘s debut crime novel Annabelle—the first book in the author’s Charlie Lager trilogy—have sold into ten territories so far.

Annabelle is Bengtsdotter’s debut, just published on June 27 in Sweden by Bokförlaget Forum and proving something of a quick magnet for rights deals, to date:

  • Denmark: People’s Press (books 1 and 2)
  • The Netherlands: HarperCollins Holland (trilogy)
  • Estonia: Pegasus (first volume)
  • Finland: Otava (trilogy)
  • Germany: Penguin Verlag (trilogy)
  • Israel: Kinneret-Zmora (trilogy)
  • Iceland: Bjartur & Veröld (books 1 and 2)
  • Norway: Gyldendal Norsk Förlag (books 1 and 2)
  • Poland: Burda Publishing (books 1 and 2)
  • Russia: AST Licence Limited (trilogy)

English rights are still available, Hamilton tells us, and a sample translation is available.

There are several interesting factors around this book, not least of which is the fact that the author’s sister is pop singer Petra Brohäll—she and Ebba Lovisa Andersson make up the indie-pop duo Erato. (Erato’s cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” went viral with some 5 million views on YouTube.)

Erato also created a track just for Bengtsdotter’s book. The song is also called Annabelle:

I had a daughter called Annabelle,
She’s the apple of my eye.
Tried to give her something like I never had,
Didn’t want to ever hear her cry.

Petra Brohäll and Ebba Lovisa Andersson of Erato

‘Far-Reaching Discoveries’

Already nominated for a Crimetime Specsavers best-debut award, Annabelle is the story of a 17-year-0ld girl who goes missing on a hot summer night in the forested village of Gullspång. A detective inspector, Charline “Charlie” Lager and her colleague Anders Bratt are sent in by the National Operative Unit, Charlie having to revisit a painful past in the process.

In the promotional copy we read, “While Charlie tries to find out the truth about what has happened to Annabelle, she makes far-reaching discoveries about her own past, and about the dark secrets of the community in Gullspång. And, she is finally made to face her own worst memory: the time when she let another person die.”

Bengsdotter, 40, is a native of Gullspång, where Annabelle is set. She teaches Swedish and psychology near Stockholm today, after spending several years in the UK and Italy.

Here’s the neatly produced trailer from Bonnier video, which features part of the Erato track for the book.

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Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. Prior to that he was Associate Editor for The FutureBook, a channel at The Bookseller focused on digital publishing. Anderson has also worked with CNN International, CNN.com, CNN USA, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media.