• A Night of Long Knives

  • Hannah Vogel Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Beverley Murray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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A Night of Long Knives

By: Rebecca Cantrell
Narrated by: Beverley Murray
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Publisher's Summary

Following the events of A Trace of Smoke, journalist Hannah Vogel has been in hiding in Bolivia with her young ward, Anton, for the past three years. She believes she has outwitted Ernst Röhm, the head of the Nazi Party’s Storm Troopers who believes himself to be the boy’s father, so she seizes the offer from a newspaper to cover the journey of a zeppelin from South America to Switzerland, particularly as it will allow her a rare opportunity to meet with her lover, Boris Krause. When the zeppelin is diverted to Germany, she knows she’s walked straight into a trap.

Röhm, facing expulsion from the party as a result of rumors of his homosexuality, has decided to claim his alleged son, and marry Hannah as a beard. Unfortunately for him, his solution has come too late. Hitler has supplanted the Storm Troopers with the SS, headed by Himmler, and the resulting purge, forever known as The Night of the Long Knives, has begun. Hannah manages to escape in the melee, while Röhm faces a firing squad. She and Anton were separated, and Hannah must enlist all her allies - and a few of her enemies - to track him down before the Gestapo can.

With nowhere else to turn, Hannah finds herself at Boris’ door in a wedding dress. She expects a safe haven, but she learns that her presence and search for Anton are putting Boris at risk. During her absence he has been helping Jews escape and he is already under suspicion. Finally she traces Anton to the home of Röhm’s mother, who offers a deal - her son's body in exchange for Anton. Traveling to Berlin, Hannah is caught up in the Nazi’s continuing purge and must learn to trust - and protect - those she has loved, and hated, in order to survive.

©2018 Rebecca Cantrell (P)2020 Rebecca Cantrell

Critic Reviews

“Cantrell knows suspense, and in Hannah Vogel she has created a compelling character. The first person narration draws you right into the action, and pairing that with graphic, visceral descriptions makes this book a hard one to put down...emphasizes the chilling dehumanization of the Third Reich.” (Susan Engberg at Bust)

A Night of Long Knives, Rebecca Cantrell’s second novel featuring journalist Hannah Vogel, again flawlessly captures Germany’s descent into darkness under growing Nazi power. Can Hannah survive - and can she protect her adopted son Anton from his murderous Nazi father, Ernst Röhm?” (jewishjournal.com

“Rebecca Cantrell has written another exciting thriller and with Hannah Vogel’s sometimes frenetic first person narrative she gives the reader a feeling of what it must have been like to be in Germany during those terrible years. She has cleverly blended her fictional story in with real life events and real life characters, such as British journalist Sefton Delmer, while cleverly imparting snippets of information that add to the atmosphere.” (CrimeScraps)

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Hard to take serious. Seems so lighthearted

It’s like narrator was reading a child’s book. Just not the nuance I expected. This was a dangerous time I just couldn’t really enjoy it and was glad to see it end although the second part of audible was better than the first. I realize it was historical fiction mostly but a lot of historical truth. I doubt I listen to anymore of her books..I tried to give. Only 3 stars but it wouldn’t let me

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I love historical fiction!

I love historical fiction and this book delivers! Rebecca Cantrell has a grasp on the mood of the era and her characters are so believable that is hard not to wonder why they’re not in the history books. Love, heartbreak, camaraderie and compassion, I’m ready for the next book in the series on audio, I can’t wait. I thoroughly enjoy the historical ride!

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Interesting

I enjoyed this book, it had some interesting and sad history of the war, but not depressing. The human stories came through and was enjoyable in the end.

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Great Mystery

The second novel in the Hannah Vogel finds Hannah and her son returning to Germany. Hannah's story finds her wrapped up in a kidnapping and murder mystery. The story of the Rohm purge, or The Night of Long Knives, is not a new story, but Cantrell brings an interesting outside perspective to the story from Hannah's view.

I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • 05-19-20

Fantastic, gripping story, well narrated.

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Would really recommend it. You can't help but get drawn into the dark streets of 1930s Berlin!

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  • The Curator
  • 05-11-20

Can’t listen to any more of this narration

I’ve quite enjoyed the stories of the two books in the series but I can not understand the production decision to have it narrated in a sing song style. It frequently felt like a recital of a children’s story and just drove me mad.