Many thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.
Whoa!! An unexpected read this was. Simone Buchholz was the new author on my block whose taut but strangely rhythmic writing had me gasping. The excitement was slow to build up, but boy, did the main character make me giddy. Sarcasm and self-deprecating dialogues had me loving this babe.
A car burning on the street, a man was found locked in it. And the team investigated. Organized crime, corruption, violence soon emerged during the police investigation.
My first book by this author, the main character Chastity Riley and the writing caught my eye. A crime thriller it was at the core with a murder and a love story at the base, followed by the whorls of mystery being revealed.
Chas was simply wonderful, she was strong, bold, smoked like a chimney, drank when she wished, tough when needed, soft rarely. Her non-chalance and irreverent attitude made me love her. The gritty crime was made enjoyable just by her presence. Her pairing with Detective Stepanovic was smooth. They worked well together and matched each other.
The writing was different initially until I got into the depths of the story, then it became quite hypnotic, for lack of better word. It was lyrical at times,which quite surprised me. The author’s talent was evident in the way she balanced the darkness of the night and the intensity of the prose with humor, sarcasm, and forbidden love.
My first book in the series, I wasn’t lost in the book. There was camaraderie emanating from it, enough to help me understand and like the characters. Overall, an interesting read about a disturbing story made light only by Chastity Riley.
I received a free ARC from Anne and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
All my reviews can be read here
Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no suspect. Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty. The body of Nouri Saroukhan—prodigal son of the Bremen clan—is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide. Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation, which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random attacks, and there are more on the cards.
Publication Date: March 2020