I’m Lisa Hågensen (1966, Ljungskile), a mother of four, and I live with my husband, dogs and horses on a small farm on the west coast of Sweden. After a lifetime of raising my children, breeding horses and working in fields as diverse as welding, business and teaching, I’ve finally fulfilled my lifelong dream and become an author.
The Cosy Crime series RAILI & YLVA
And Her Eyes Were Blue (available in Swedish (book & audio) Polish (book & audio), Danish (book & audio) and French (book))
Despite a prosaic view of her involuntary single life and weight problem, Raili, the head librarian of Valludden’s main library, is struck by the mysterious turmoil that haunts the six lakeside houses in Lövaren. Together with her neighbor, the oddball Olofsson, Raili begins an investigation that leads not only to Olofsson’s death, burglaries, and an unpleasant realization about the process of human decomposition, but also to her running for her life from a maniacal killer with dark powers.
A Debt To The Devil (available in Swedish (book & audio), Danish (book))
Raili, who survived the hell of Lövaren with only a broken foot and six months of therapy, should have calmed down and enjoyed her quiet single life and her job as head librarian in Valludden, and she could’ve if Ylva hadn’t gone crazy. Together with her uptight colleague Solveig, Raili finds out that Ylva’s condition is linked to the dysfunctional Legho family. To save Ylva’s life, the three librarians must confront the Leghos on their farm in the wasteland of Bredfjället on Christmas Eve. When they get stuck on the farm in a fierce snowstorm, they realize that getting in the devil’s way is a big mistake when someone has a debt to pay.
The Room (available in Swedish (book & audio))
When Ylva’s seventy-year-old mother puts her house up for sale and disappears, it doesn’t take Raili and Ylva long to track her to a religious sect in a godforsaken mansion deep in the forests of Bohuslän. When the two librarians infiltrate the sect under false pretenses, they discover that what’s going on there’s much worse than they imagined, and that the saying “getting inside someone’s head” has a very different and very dangerous meaning. When people are given the opportunity to live out their utmost dreams and fantasies, they should be kept far away, Raili and Ylva realize – too late.
Whirlwind (available in Swedish (book & audio))
A murderer possessed by an evil spirit, hidden memories of deviltry, and a beautiful child in a horrible cult would be enough to send anyone under the spiritual ice, wouldn’t it? In the fourth book about librarians Raili and Ylva, the previous horrible experiences catch up with Raili, and in her fall she not only manages to lose her mind, her sense of purpose, and her footing, she almost loses her best friend Ylva.
Embittered, nibbling various psychotropic drugs and ten anxiety kilos lighter, Raili is forced off her sofa and into a hostel on a Bohuslän island. Easter dinner and socializing are on the agenda, storms and murders are what’s on offer. Raili, Ylva and Solveig find themselves isolated on a remote part of Skipö with the rain drumming against the windows and a warming fire in the stove, and in the company of the more or less sympathetic guests, love germinates under the looming haze of jealousy. A strange death the summer before is discussed, and when one of the guests dies, Raili senses trouble. Are the two retired lecturers really as mild-mannered as they seem, and what secrets are the couple who run the inn really hiding? Was the woman who died on the beach last year murdered, and does that mean the guest was murdered, too? Most likely, Raili concludes, and in her zeal to prove her thesis, she sets a ball in motion that can’t be stopped.
In Whirlwind, Raili and Ylva land in the middle of Whodunnit’s macabre drama. They’re stuck on a storm-tossed Bohuslän island with a corpse, a landlord couple, two lecturers, and a bunch of librarians – and one of them is a murderer.
The dystopian YA trilogy PUREBRED
History repeats itself, they say …
In a future world, after the fifth and devastating World War, the heads of state decided to eliminate all borders, ban races, religions and all languages except English to end the wars once and for all. They didn’t succeed, of course, and the wars continued, even though (almost) everyone is multiracial, atheist, and speaks English. Europe is divided into provinces, some very poor after the wars, others prosperous, and one ruined by an ongoing civil war that began almost a century ago. As a result of the civil war, a remote refugee camp was forgotten and the refugees have been struggling to survive for eighty years. Leaving the refugee camp means dying in the vast distances, living there means being completely controlled. The refugee camp is called Olympo, and in it lives Dora, who’s considered a freak because she’s illegal hair, skin and eye color, Thorbi, the brother of her lover, and her best friend Laban.
Purebred I, II & III – (available in Swedish, book & audio)
Purebred I (Escaping Olympo) – In the forgotten city of Olympo live dangerous dreams of escape, revenge and forbidden love. Fifteen-year-old Thorbi dreams of killing the freak Dora, his sister’s murderer. When Dora is kidnapped by mysterious men, her friend Laban plans to escape from Olympo to rescue her. Thorbi goes along on the dangerous journey. If he gets the chance, he’ll avenge his sister.
Far away, an ancient movement has arisen and is preparing to start a war. Thorbi and his friends find themselves in the midst of a terrible plot to conquer Europe. The army they encounter has two goals. Slavery and extermination.
Purebred II (The Master Race) – They think she’s locked in her uncle’s house, but she wanders the dark alleys of Bottom hidden under a hood. Dora is fifteen years old and a freak. Everyone in the forgotten town of Olympo detests her, no one knows her.
One night she meets Mira and that changes everything. But what begins with friendship and love ends in murder and betrayal. Alone, misunderstood and desperate, Dora is kidnapped and taken to a place where ancient ideals and evil strive for world domination. Dora learns that she’s a purebred and discovers what that means.
Purebred III book one (The General’s Mistress I) – We’ve reached the third and final part of the dystopian trilogy Purebred and the war is approaching. Die Herrenvolk has bred a lot of soldiers in The Pure Breed Plant research facility and is preparing to conquer Europe.
At the same time that Whanzi is being taken from the labor camp, the dreaded General Tarz is plotting at the headquarters of die Herrenvolk. The old stone castle towers high above the city of Pandor and its infamous death camp. There they take Whanzi, and there nothing but hard work, hunger and death awaits her. But Whanzi manages to escape, and the resistance movement sends her to the High Palace, directly into the inner circle of die Herrenvolk. Her task is to work in secret to find the informant who can help them overthrow the oppressors. Whanzi gets caught up in a world of espionage, intrigue and murder, and must endure many horrors before she can see her friends again.
Purebred III book two (The General’s Mistress II) – Whanzi believes she’s lost everything, and when war breaks out, she sets out on a deadly journey. But the path she chooses brings her back to what she fled from, and once there, she’s thrown into an event that tears down all her previous doubts.
How will she be able to go on living if the worst that can happen really does happen?
The Post War, Dark Romance THE HUNT (a stand-alone sequel to the dystopia Purebred)
The Hunt I – Siri (available in Swedish (book)) – We’re in a future Europe and the war is finally over. The evil organization die Herrenvolk is defeated. Whanzi and her friends rejoice in victory – but they’ve paid a high price and find it hard to leave the horrors of war behind. In their thirst for revenge, they take up the hunt for the cruel General and the camp guard Sonia Laden.
But when one of the friends sets out on a personal vendetta, the group splits. At the same time, Whanzi’s demons drive her away from the one she loves – an escape that’s fatal consequences.
The Hunt II –Tatra (available in Swedish (book)) –
Europe, sometime in the future. After the terrible event in Margorz, one of the friends has disappeared, and the roles have changed – they’ve gone from hunters to hunted. They’ve no choice but to face the threat.
With no idea of the horrors that await them, they head west to stop General Tarz. They fear that the two children conceived at The Pure Breed Plant will be used to create a new, elite race, or that the General has an even more evil plan up his sleeve.
Before their journey is over, one of them is forced to make a fatal decision. Will it save them all, or will it all be for nothing?
The Pulp SciFi DEFCON EUROPA #1
The Ghost, The Agent & A Femme Fatale (available in Swedish (book)) –
A Pulp SciFi full of badass heroines
bold men, beautiful women and ruthless villains!
It began with waiting. In the dark alleys of Murgendorf a ghost was dwelling with a fat bundle of cash in its pocket, in the mountains of the Carpathians an agent was trying to save a scientist from the clutches of the Coalition, and far away a beautiful woman was longing for her beloved.
Then it was about information and what’s true and false. About a man obsessed with power and two cold children and their hatred. It was about a total ban on dangerous technology and a gala. About a way through the Barrier’s fence.
In the end, it was about doing the right thing and surviving or dying.
I have written three books for kids under the pen name Lisa Kiddo:
Spy & Spy and The Great Gold Scoop (6 – 9 yrs) only available in Swedish (book & audio)
Flisan and Myran are two little girls enjoying their first summer vacation when they discover that there are nobblers lurking in the neighborhood. There’s that strange man in the graveyard who writes things in his little notebook, and the woman in the yellow jacket who walks around in the woods behind their yard pretending to pick mushrooms.
Flisan and Myran immediately found the Spy & Spy detective agency and begin spying on the nobblers, convinced that something is fishy. Their mission leads them to the graveyard in the middle of the night and shortly after they find themselves on a wild chase deep in the woods, riding their fat ponies Rocket and Moose.
And after that it becomes really dangerous!
Spy & Spy and The Hatter’s Secret (6 – 9 yrs) only available in Swedish ( audio)
The August moon shines on four children creeping through the forest. Who are they and where are they going? Are they not Myran and Flisan behind the trees? Yes, indeed, and they’re together with the twins Aston and Mats. They’re on the best riding camp in the world and have found nobblers in the small village.
Who’s the strange hatter Hansson, and what’s he doing in his cellar? And who’s the thief who seems to be wondering the same thing? Spy & Spy saddle up and gallop into adventure without hesitation!
Foul Play at High Chaparral (12 – 15 yrs) only available in Swedish (book)
Four kids spend a few days at the Western amusement park High Chaparral in Småland, Sweden. They’re watching the western show Ranch Horse Classic and having a good time at the park when strange things start happening. Who’s the man with the dog who lurks in the most unexpected places? And what’s it about the lonely, pale children that old Trapper Gus tells them about? Is it just a ghost story, or do they really exist?
Determined to solve the riddles, the kids get into an adventure that’s far more dangerous than they ever expected.