Zons Crime

2 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 75 ratings

Fatal Puzzle Publisher's Summary

1495: In the peaceful medieval city of Zons, on the banks of the Rhine, a young woman is found hanging from a parapet, raped and mutilated. A month later, another maiden falls prey. Bastian Mühlenberg, head of the City Guard, is determined to decipher the murderer's gruesome code, unaware that he and the woman he loves are in the killer's sights. With the help of an old psychic, a priest, and the stars above, Mühlenberg must solve the "fatal puzzle" before it's too late.

Present day: Journalist Emily Richter is thrilled when she's assigned a series of articles about the historic Zons killings. However, right before her stories are to be published, a young woman's body is found hanging from a city tower - grossly maimed and wearing a linen gown, like her medieval predecessors. Detective Oliver Bergmann leads the investigation, tapping the knowledge of the attractive young journalist. Working together - and using Mühlenberg's old notes - they race to stay one step ahead of the copycat killer.

©2013 Alexander Hartung (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Translation © 2014 by Julia Knobloch.
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  • Book 1

    • Fatal Puzzle

    • By: Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch (translator)
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore, Tanya Eby
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48

    1495: In the peaceful medieval city of Zons, on the banks of the Rhine, a young woman is found hanging from a parapet, raped and mutilated. A month later, another maiden falls prey. Bastian Mühlenberg, head of the City Guard, is determined to decipher the murderer's gruesome code, unaware that he and the woman he loves are in the killer's sights. With the help of an old psychic, a priest, and the stars above, Mühlenberg must solve the "fatal puzzle" before it's too late.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It had promise...

    • By Christy on 01-05-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 2

    • The Reaper of Zons

    • Zons Crime Series 2
    • By: Catherine Shepherd, Julia Knobloch - translator
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore, Tanya Eby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Year 1495: In the medieval city of Zons, head of the City Guard, Bastian Mühlenberg, wonders how a place so idyllic could produce yet another vicious serial killer. From the shocking state of each new victim's body, Mühlenberg determines the latest madman's weapon of choice is a golden sickle. The hunt for the killer leads him into an underground maze in search of a treasure chest that his old friend Father Johannes guards the keys to. Can Mühlenberg beat the next swing of the sickle?

    Regular price: $10.49