- Series: Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (January 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312604262
- ISBN-13: 978-0312604264
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ice Queen: A Novel (Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein) Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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About the Author
NELE NEUHAUS is one of the most widely read German mystery writers and the author of Snow White Must Die and Bad Wolf. More than four million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.
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Those who are less compulsive, and want a compelling read, give it a try. The story begins with the murder of an elderly gentleman believed to be a Holocaust survivor, who turns out to be something rather different: a former SS official. Our detectives are told very firmly to stay very far away from this case: strings are clearly being pulled by powerful people. But when another murder follows -- also of a former SS official -- the case can't be kept off limits. A wealthy and aristocratic family, it becomes clear, is deeply involved, and murder follows murder. Like "Snow White Must Die", this was a hard book to put down, which means that it meets my first requirement for a thriller. It's not, however, as good a book, in my view, as "Snow White Must Die", largely because the story goes so far over the top. As an aficianado of Scandi noir, I am perfectly willing to accept multiple murders, baroque murder methods, and truly outre murder motives, but this one tests the limits.
It would have been nicer if I started with the chronological order of the books, since the Snow White takes place after this novel's happenings so knowing a little bit into the characters' futures is weird. Nevertheless it does not spoil anything in a major way. However, if you haven't read anything from Neuhaus, try to go with the bodenstein & kirchoff series in order.
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I've enjoyed other books by this author but just couldn't get into this one....