I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
When reading the description for this new detective series, I felt that it would meet all my criteria for a great mystery series: interesting place, intriguing title, police procedural and unique story. It started off so well that I started calling friends to tell them to grab this new book. Well, now I am embarrassed because I will need to follow-up with my friends to let them know that the last half of the book does not hold up to a good beginning.
I was more than half way through the book thinking everything was going well when I noticed that the detectives, Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff, were not particularly smart for detectives (well, maybe Oliver more than Pia was not so brilliant). I kept thinking anyone would have figured out the main mysteries and filed their reports before it reached a ridiculous crisis point. As I was listening, I kept wishing I had a notebook to write down all characters and extra plot twists that weren't really necessary in the end. I can't say I hated it, but I was so glad when it was finally over. Not sure I will continue this series unless there is some proof the writer can start off strong and finish strong with her story.
The narrator was underwhelming. The female voices were annoying, and I would have enjoyed a German accent to get in the mood. I think some of the dialog was very awkward. I probably should blame the author and not the narrator for some of the ridiculous conversations.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
So much happening. An engaging back story, two actually... woven into a curious whodunit. Like the medieval feelings that Neuhaus seems to pour over his tiny village life. Not great, just good. Which is always good enough, right?
This is definitely not a home run type book but it is at least an entertaining run of the mill mystery novel.
There are definitely a few premises or plot lines that are a little ridiculous or as another reviewer put it too coincidental. I think if you can accept that and go on and enjoy the story, you will enjoy it.
It's not something that makes me want to go out and look for another book by this author, but if I see something that has good reviews I would give it a try.
The narrator does a good job, nothing spectacular, nothing aggravating.
Overall I would recommend the book. It's a solid story and worth the time and credit - just don't expect a big hit.
This book was a good fast paced thriller that kept you wanting more. I enjoyed each of the characters and found it to be worth listening to.
Love this book it was a great story hard to stop listening must listen if you have time. Great commuter book made my 10hrs of commuting a week seem to fast. lol
I heard a review on this book before a year or two ago and I came across the opportunity it was not disappointed it was every turn of the tip of the chapter great performance and look into German life
I really enjoyed the character development. Many unforeseen twists. I was so disappointed to be nearing the end, that I looked up more books by the author and already ordered the next book. Can't wait to get started on it.
This has been one of the top three I've listened to
I never knew what to expect from this story. I was enticed the entire time
As this book is a murder mystery, I appreciated that the narrator sounded like he was presenting a 48 Hours or Dateline
Even when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about the book. I was very invested in the characters. To be honest, I am still sad it is over.
Well worth a credit for anyone who enjoys thrillers and mentally engaging novels.
I chose a five star rating because I really enjoyed this book. The plot twists were plenty and having lived in Germany, I was delighted to hear about the various German towns and streets in the story.
I commute daily and I caught myself regularly almost being late because I didn't want to stop listening. I heard this is part of a series so I'm so excited to listen to the rest.