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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3 out of 5 stars
By Christy on 05-01-15

It had promise...

I was curious when I saw the length of the book and wondered if an author could do justice to a good, complex thriller in that time frame.

The story was interesting, shifting from present day to 15th century and back many times. The shifts are well marked (important). Takes place in Germany (German author - good translation ). I found there's a nagging sense of the supernatural in the tone, and I was hoping the author could resolve it without going there.

Spoiler Alert:

So I listened to it. And as it's wrapping up, the one puzzler as to whether the supernatural or time travel was involved has not been answered.

And I swear, practically in the middle of a sentence that is beginning a next chapter, the narrator says: "to be continued..."

In my opinion, if the author had left it where Anna is wondering if she has imagined her encounters with Bastian, that would have been satisfactory. Kind of leave it to the reader to decide. That makes this book something that could stand alone, and I would have given it a better rating.

I don't know whether, all in all, I liked the story enough that I would want to continue with the series. I think a series based on a modern-day writer researching crimes of the past might be interesting, and I don't know whether that's where this author is going.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 23-10-17

hated it

it was too gruesome from the get go. could not get into it and didn't finish.

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