Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nele Neuhaus Giveaway

In keeping with Monday's theme, I'm giving away a Nele Neuhaus pack today! Here's a bit about each of the books in today's giveaway (from Goodreads):

The Ice Queen: The body of 92-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 Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really? Two more, similar murders happen—one of a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, and one of a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia—and slowly the connections between the victims becomes evident: All of them were lifelong friends with Vera von 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.

Snow White Must Die: On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?

In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is—and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

Bad Wolf: On a hot June day the body of a sixteen-year-old girl washes up on a river bank outside of Frankfurt. She has been brutally murdered, but no one comes forward with any information as to her identity. Even weeks later, the local police have not been able to find out who she is. Then a new case comes in: A popular TV reporter is attacked, raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. She survives, barely, and is able to supply certain hints to the police, having to do with her recent investigations into a child welfare organization and the potenial uncovering of a child pornography ring with members from the highest echelon of society. As the two cases collide, Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein dig deep into the past and underneath the veneer of bourgeois society to come up against a terrible secret that is about to impact their personal lives as well. In Nele Neuhaus's second U.S. publication of her enormously popular series, tensions run high and a complex and unpredictable plot propels her characters forward at breakneck speed. 

Neuhaus made her US debut with Snow White Must Die back in 2013. I thought the book was pretty great, but was surprised to find that it was actually the fourth in her Bodenstein and Kirchoff series. Fortunately, in the time since its release, Bad Wolf and The Ice Queen have also hit shelves here and I Am Your Judge is due out shortly. I can't explain the thought process in the release order or the chosen titles to release here, but I can give you the official reading order:

The Ice Queen (book 3 in the series)
Snow White Must Die
Bad Wolf (book 6 in the series)
I Am Your Judge (book 7 in the series)

Weird, I know.

Anywho, this German series is definitely one that I want more folks to check out so today I'm giving away the first three (US) titles to one of you lucky readers! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, January 4. Open US only.

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7 comments:

rhonda said...

What a great giveaway.Books look perfect for me.Happy
Holidays,

JJT said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I love books!

traveler said...

What a captivating giveaway. Thanks. Merry Christmas.

Terry said...

This sounds like a great series. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

bn100 said...

interesting sounding

Carol M said...

This sounds like a series I would enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to read it!

Kimberly V said...

I've never heard of this author before, but her books do sound interesting. That is a very weird order in which to read the books. Thank you for the chance to start a new series.