The Butcher of Liseleje


At first glance, Judith Abild Behring seems to be the quintessence of a nice and charming old lady: Meticulous and excellent in a kitchen. She is very caring, apparently, with a fondness for animals. And … uh … she flirts a little too, doesn’t she? With the postman, for example. Appearances can be deceptive, and this old lady has both skeletons in the cupboard and a hidden agenda.

The Butcher of Liseleje tells a both hilarious and grim story, full of surprises. The reader is presented with a number of human destinies – and sent on a journey full of contrasts where truth is fighting against deception and horror is lurking behind the idyllic countryside.

Best Crime Novel Debut

Awarded by The Danish Crime Academy

The novel was originally published in 2013 by Tiderne Skifter. In August 2019 it was re-issued by Lindhardt and Ringhof.

Slagteren i Liseleje af Ane Riel

Cover(s) by Mikkel Henssel.
Hover to see the original 2013 cover.
Danish title: Slagteren i Liseleje.


Riel writes so well, crystal clear – and deadly funny!

– Weekendavisen


You will be deeply touched

– Fyns Stiftstidende


A well turned and greatly plotted story

– Politiken


You’re damn well entertained by this whimsical and intelligent novel

– Information


Incredibly funny and very touching … a masterly pen

– Fredericia Folkeblad

Rights sold to: Germany/btb (at auction) and  Norway/Aschehoug (at auction)

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