Elsebeth Egholm, who made her debut as author in 1999 and whose twelfth novel will be published in 2013, is one ofDenmark's most read authors. Her books are sold in large numbers, and they are among the most borrowed at Danish libraries. Her books are also published in other countries having been sold for publishing in Swedish, Norwegian, German, French, Icelandic, Italian, Dutch, Polish and English.
Elsebeth Egholm was born on 17th September 1960 in the town of Nyborg on Funen, she grew up in Lisbjerg on the outskirts of Aarhus, and graduated from high school in the city quarter of Hasle. After one year of studying musicology at Aarhus University she studied for four years at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, before switching to study journalism at the Danish School of Journalism in 1985. In 1989 she was hired as back page editor at the Berlingske Tidende newspaper. From 1992, at which time she also moved to the small Maltese island of Gozo, she took up freelancing as a journalist, writing columns for Berlingske Tidende and the ladies’ weekly Alt for Damerne among others, whilst beginning to make a name for herself as the author of a string of short stories published in women's magazines in both Denmark and the other Scandinavian countries. Her first novel, the best-selling 'The Free Women's Club', was published in 1999. Elsebeth Egholm was married to the late British thriller novelist Philip Nicholson from 1994 until he died in 2005.
After 'The Free Women's Club', Elsebeth Egholm published in 2000 the novel 'Scirocco' and 'Mig og min ø' (Me and my island), a collection of stories from Gozo, which was followed by the novel 'Opium' in 2001. 'Hidden Errors', the first in the series of crime novels about Dicte Svendsen, was published in 2002, after which followed 'Own risk', 'Personal Damage', 'Next of Kin', and 'Against All Odds'. 'Three Dog Night' and 'De døde sjæles nat' (Dead souls' night), published in 2011 and 2012 respectively, are thrillers with Dicte's son Peter Boutrup as the protagonist. The spring of 2013 will see the publication of the novel 'Eget ansvar' (No one else to blame), which will be the first Dicte mystery in three years.
Elsebeth Egholm was also the creator of TV2 Danmark's crime series 'Those Who Kill' from 2012. This series will be aired in the USA in an American version this year.