Fatal Puzzle by Catherine Shepherd

fatal puzzleBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

1495: In the peaceful medieval city of Zons, on the banks of the Rhine, a young woman is found hanging from a parapet, assaulted 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.

My Review

I was attracted to the word puzzle in the title and the cover, I know, another example of do not judge it´s book by the cover, but for me it is the first impression from which I decide if or not to read the blurb. It is an enjoyable murder mystery with some descriptions and  details of the murders but nothing too gruesome. This book is all about a cozy murder mystery that took place 500 years before and how it connects to a recent murder in the same town in the present time.

“Since that night when he´d sneaked into the church and spied on Bastian and the priest discussing his “fatal puzzle” he had felt irrepressible pride. “

It is written from various points of view, and different times, the present and 500 years in the past. My favourite character was Bastian, determined and brave. I enjoyed both past and present, but particularly enjoyed the past.
This is a translation from the original in German. The only downside of the book is that it is too short, I finished it in one sitting but I wanted more. This is part one of a series.

Netgalley copy.


catherine shepherdAbout the author

Thriller author Catherine Shepherd lives with her family in the medieval town of Zons, Germany, the setting of Fatal Puzzle. Since leaving her successful career as a project manager at a major German bank, Shepherd has devoted herself to writing full-time. Fatal Puzzle, the first book in the Zons series, hit number one on Amazon’s bestseller list in Germany.






Book details

Genre: crime, cozy murder, historical

  •  File Size: 2689 KB
  •  Print Length: 155 pages
  •  Page Numbers Source

              ISBN: 1477826505

  •  Publisher: AmazonCrossing (January 1, 2015)
  •  Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  •  Language: English
  •  ASIN: B00KO3MS4E

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