In the summer of 1936, the racial and political climate in Munich are growing tense, and Kommisar Rolf Wundt and his wife Klara are increasingly desperate to leave Nazi Germany while they still can. But when a member of the League of German Girls is found brutally murdered and posed in the yard of a dilapidated farmhouse, Rolf’s supervisor declares that they can’t leave until he’s solved the case.
The numerous outstanding features making this novel a must read are plenty. Snowden does a wonderful job with the political climate in Germany with Hitler’s ascent. He paints a clear and rather accurate picture of the various parties, the horrific and unfair treatment of the Jewish population. The 1930’s, the intimate intricacies of the Third Reich are exposed and all too real. The overall tone of the time is well executed, really creating a powerful backdrop for the narrative. You will be captivated with this story from the very beginning. The characters pique your interest and are well developed. Not your average murder mystery, Snowden encompasses all aspects of a more than competent author to provide a unique reading experience along with masterful storyline. Snowden certainly deserves acknowledgment of his stellar research, very apparent with the historical references, nothing less than accurate.
To reiterate the comprehensive research really makes this book standout. The political aspects immaculately accurate. The major political players of the time presented with such clarity and certitude it enhances the entire reading adventure – Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich and Goering. Snowden thoroughly brings these figureheads to life through his prose, interactions and persons.
A different take on a murder mystery, allowing the peruser an in depth view of Germany’s crude past complete with power struggles among the Third Reich. Highly highly recommend this well crafted and researched novel.
Published July 26th 2013 by Booktrope Editions (first published July 25th 2013)
A copy provided in exchange for an honest review