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by Quercus, 7 August 2014. ISBN: 978-1780877730
Germany, in the 1960s. A pub
owner has problems with a drunk in his bar, a man who keeps talking about a
murder just after the war that was never investigated. He leaves a newspaper
cutting behind him, and the case is re-opened.
short novel reminded me of Capote’s In
Cold Blood. The story is told partly through third-person narration, partly
through first-person memories of witnesses from that time. We get to know the
rebellious Afra, who had an affair with a Frenchman in the war, and came home
pregnant to her parents’ farm; her religious father, who is struggling with the
onset of dementia; her patient mother. We’re shown the carelessness and bias of
the original police investigation, and understand why the wrong person was
blamed. The poverty and hard word of a small farm in the 1940s is vividly
evoked. Gradually, the tagedy is unfolded, and the ending is chillingly
absorbing and moving novel.
Andrea Maria Schenkel was born March 21,
1962 in Regensburg, Germany.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.