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The body of 92-two-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 von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really?
Two more, similar murders happen - one a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, the other a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia - and slowly the connection between the victims becomes evident: all of them were lifelong friends with Vera 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.
The Ice Queen, prequel to the best seller Snow White Must Die, is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and secrets long forgotten, secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.
©2015 Nele Neuhaus (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Larry on 02-10-15

Hackneyed plot with too many characters for Audio

The basis for this book is one of the most hackneyed postwar plots in modern literature. The book itself does not lend itself to an audio treatment as there are so many characters with such confusing back-stories that a searchable E book would be better. In edition to the unoriginal central plot he author has thrown in gratuitous cliches, seemingly at random.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 01-25-15


Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

Maybe, depends on the narration. This was so bad...adolescent!

Has The Ice Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

No way!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Sounded like it was narration for kids. Terrible directing.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Story sounded interesting but couldn't stand I dropped it. Very rare for me to do this.

Any additional comments?

Not very well written...lacked credibility...depth or sensible development. Didn't sound or seem very German in character, colloquiallisms, etc.

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36 of 40 people found this review helpful

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