Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

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Hemmed in by the ties that bind, it is jaw-droppingly implausible and totally believable that events unfold as they do. She also creates an effective group of detectives fitting the fight for law and order round their own private battles.
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Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 3.5 million copies in print!

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.
An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.

 

About Nele Neuhaus

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NELE NEUHAUS is one of the most widely read German mystery writers. More than three million copies of her books are currently in print. She lives near Frankfurt, Germany.
 
Published January 15, 2013 by Minotaur Books. 383 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Jan 25 2013

German author Nele Neuhaus makes Holmes's point again, sending a modern-day squad of Frankfurt cops to investigate dire doings at a picturesque village...in the exciting and well-crafted "Snow White Must Die,"...

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Reviewed by Caroline Jowett on Jul 12 2013

Hemmed in by the ties that bind, it is jaw-droppingly implausible and totally believable that events unfold as they do. She also creates an effective group of detectives fitting the fight for law and order round their own private battles.

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