Radio Times

What lies beneath

Scandi treat about a race against time to crack a case

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MARKED FOR LIFE EMELIE SCHEPP Jana: Marked for Life Saturday 9pm, 9.50pm BBC4 Scandinavi­ans make a lot of crime dramas (so much so, they have their own Scandi noir genre), but they’re also very good at making great crime dramas, whether in novels or for screen. Sweden’s Emelie Schepp is one such writer. Her acclaimed debut Marked for Life (HQ, £8.99) follows the story of a public prosecutor whose case takes a turn for the personal, bringing up secrets she’d rather keep hidden as she works to find the murderer before her past is revealed.

LAST TRAIN TO HELSINGOR HEIDI AMSINCK Book at Bedtime: Jensen — the Bellevue Poltergeis­t Mon—Fri 10.45pm Radio 4 Another Scandi noir: Heidi Amsinck sets most of her fiction around her country’s capital, Copenhagen. First commission­ed as a set of short stories for Radio 4, Last Train to Helsingor (Muswell Press, £7.99) brings them together under one jacket, mixing hygge and creepy in a collection of unsettling tales filled with twists reminiscen­t of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. They’re both mysterious and menacing — think Inside No 9 with a Danish flair.

AMERIKA FRANZ KAFKA The Man Who Disappeare­d Sunday 3pm Radio 4 Considered by many to be one of the great writers of his time, it’s astonishin­g to learn that Franz Kafka had minimal success before his death in 1924 at the age of 40. He also burnt 90 per cent of his writings and never finished a full-length novel. One such is Amerika (Penguin Classics, £9.99), Kafka’s first (yes, unfinished) novel, which follows a young man who is banished to the US following a scandal. Notably more humorous than his other writings, it’s still clearly Kafkaesque, with the protagonis­t in increasing­ly bizarre situations. RHIANNON THOMAS

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