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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.

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  • Larry
  • Montara, CA, United States
  • 02-10-15

Hackneyed plot with too many characters for Audio

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.

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I QUIT!

Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

Maybe, depends on the narration. This was so bad...adolescent!

Has The Ice Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

No way!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sounded like it was narration for kids. Terrible directing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Story sounded interesting but couldn't stand narration...so I dropped it. Very rare for me to do this.

Any additional comments?

Not very well written...lacked credibility...depth or sensible development. Didn't sound or seem very German in character, colloquiallisms, etc.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 01-03-18

I did not quit, but I should have!

I really liked Snow White Must Die, the first novel in Nele Neuhaus' Bodenstein & Kirchhoff detective series. In The Ice Queen she (the author) has far, far too many significant characters for audio, or for any format. The suspense mystery murder plot is quite good but the number of significant characters ruined this novel for me. The translator from German to English may be part of the problem. On the other hand narrator Robert Fass does an exceptionally good job.

The Ice Queen caused me a lot of frustration so I recommend against purchasing it.

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Good but not my favorite by this author

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.

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What you expect from a story with nazis

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.

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  • Tracey
  • Danville, AR, United States
  • 01-17-15

Gripping German police procedural

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.

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Wow

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.

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  • Ronda
  • Sidney, ME, United States
  • 01-20-15

Great intrigue!!

I Loved the story. This is not your typical generic storyline. Lots of twists and turns and mystery surrounding the characters.

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Still enjoying

This book had some bad reviews, so I was apprehensive to buy it. I'm happy to say I'm still enjoying this series.

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Narration is fantastic for this audible mystery

The Ice Queen is a complicated mystery with an incredible narrator who helps the story unravel in a captivating performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful