The body of 92-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death, execution style, in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm - a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really?
Two more, similar murders happen - one a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, the other a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia - and slowly the connection between the victims becomes evident: all of them were lifelong friends with Vera Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for - and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.
The Ice Queen, prequel to the best seller Snow White Must Die, is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and secrets long forgotten, secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.
©2015 Nele Neuhaus (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
The basis for this book is one of the most hackneyed postwar plots in modern literature. The book itself does not lend itself to an audio treatment as there are so many characters with such confusing back-stories that a searchable E book would be better. In edition to the unoriginal central plot he author has thrown in gratuitous cliches, seemingly at random.
Maybe, depends on the narration. This was so bad...adolescent!
Sounded like it was narration for kids. Terrible directing.
Story sounded interesting but couldn't stand narration...so I dropped it. Very rare for me to do this.
Not very well written...lacked credibility...depth or sensible development. Didn't sound or seem very German in character, colloquiallisms, etc.
I really like the police characters. One complaint is that there are way too many names and relationships to keep straight unless you make a list as you're listening. Doesn't help that the names are in German and locales are in Poland and Germany. And much of the story refers to events 60 years in the past which adds to the complexity.
Narrator was fine. This book didn't require the use of different voices.
It is fabulous! I kept guessing the wrong people until the very end- and even after it ended, I thought the author must be wrong.
Overblown story. Nazis. Old grudges. Hidden identities. Lots of murders taken fairly casually. You know the kind of book I mean. I didn't care about anyone by the end.
I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)
This is a fast paced police procedural with an intricate plot, with ties going back to WWII. I did find myself rewinding frequently toward the end to keep the developments straight, so having the kindle version as well would have been handy. I shall definitely be listening to more Neuhaus novels.
I Loved the story. This is not your typical generic storyline. Lots of twists and turns and mystery surrounding the characters.
Not after this.
Pronunciation of names slurred. Jumped into chapters too quickly.
None. And there were so many with so many long foreign names how could one keep track? And for this situation.gel, easy to figure out in the beginning plot?
I bought her first books but can see she's trying to get too complicated and pretentious so. Never again! If they'll take it back I'll return it.
When 92-year old Holocaust survivor Jossi Goldberg is found executed in his home, Detectives Kirchhoff and Bodenstein are given the case. When they are being pressured into letting the case go - but not before they have a chance to order an autopsy - the detectives become intrigued. During the autopsy a strange tattoo is found on Goldberg, the type that was given to SS soldiers, it doesn't seem possible this Holocaust survivor was an SS soldier. Within days, two similar murders are committed. The one common thread between all the murders is all of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family. The detectives find themselves being drawn into a murder mystery where no one is who they claim to be.
This was a great story and great narration. I highly recommend!
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