On Sale: June 3, 2014
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Mystery | Literature and Fiction Literary | Suspense
The Times Literary Supplement said of The Murder
Farm, “With only a limited number of ways in which
violent death can be investigated, crime writers have to use
considerable ingenuity to bring anything fresh to the genre.
Andrea Maria Schenkel has done it in her first novel.”
The first author to achieve a consecutive win of the German
Crime Prize, Schenkel has won first place for both The
Murder Farm and Ice Cold.
The Murder Farm begins with a shock: a whole family
has been murdered with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the
farmer, an overbearing patriarch; his put-upon devoutly
religious wife; and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose
husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter little
Marianne. She also had a son, two-year-old Josef, the result
of her affair with local farmer Georg Hauer after his wife’s
death from cancer. Hauer himself claimed paternity. Also
murdered was the Danners’ maidservant, Marie.
An unconventional detective story, The Murder Farm is
an exciting blend of eyewitness account, third-person
narrative, pious diatribes, and incomplete case file that
will keep readers guessing. When we leave the narrator, not
even he knows the truth, and only the reader is able to
reach the shattering conclusion.
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