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Die Idylle täuscht: Hinter jeder Ecke lauert der Tod. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe von Eschborn wurde eine ältere Dame aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Kurz darauf ereignet sich ein ähnlicher Mord: Eine Frau wird durch das Küchenfenster ihres Hauses tödlich getroffen. Beide Opfer hatten kein Die Idylle täuscht: Hinter jeder Ecke lauert der Tod. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe von Eschborn wurde eine ältere Dame aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Kurz darauf ereignet sich ein ähnlicher Mord: Eine Frau wird durch das Küchenfenster ihres Hauses tödlich getroffen. Beide Opfer hatten keine Feinde. Warum mussten ausgerechnet sie sterben? Der Druck auf die Ermittler wächst schnell. Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein fahnden nach einem Täter, der scheinbar wahllos mordet – und kommen einer menschlichen Tragödie auf die Spur.


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Die Idylle täuscht: Hinter jeder Ecke lauert der Tod. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe von Eschborn wurde eine ältere Dame aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Kurz darauf ereignet sich ein ähnlicher Mord: Eine Frau wird durch das Küchenfenster ihres Hauses tödlich getroffen. Beide Opfer hatten kein Die Idylle täuscht: Hinter jeder Ecke lauert der Tod. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe von Eschborn wurde eine ältere Dame aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Kurz darauf ereignet sich ein ähnlicher Mord: Eine Frau wird durch das Küchenfenster ihres Hauses tödlich getroffen. Beide Opfer hatten keine Feinde. Warum mussten ausgerechnet sie sterben? Der Druck auf die Ermittler wächst schnell. Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein fahnden nach einem Täter, der scheinbar wahllos mordet – und kommen einer menschlichen Tragödie auf die Spur.

30 review for To Catch a Killer: 4

  1. 5 out of 5

    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I AM YOUR JUDGE is the latest book published here in Sweden. It's the seventh book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series. Before I started to read this book, did I take on the two previously published (Swedish) books and they were fabulous. I was at first a bit confused when I read SNOW WHITE MUST DIE. It felt like I started to read a story in the middle, liked I had missed the beginning. However, I learned that this was because SNOW WHITE MUST DIE is book four. The first three books haven't been I AM YOUR JUDGE is the latest book published here in Sweden. It's the seventh book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series. Before I started to read this book, did I take on the two previously published (Swedish) books and they were fabulous. I was at first a bit confused when I read SNOW WHITE MUST DIE. It felt like I started to read a story in the middle, liked I had missed the beginning. However, I learned that this was because SNOW WHITE MUST DIE is book four. The first three books haven't been published in Sweden. It explained a lot. I hope to see them published in Swedish some day. I AM YOUR JUDGE is a fantastic crime novel. We have lone gunman that seems to kill people without any rhyme or reason. He just shoots people and the citizens in the city are afraid to go out. Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchhoff are working hard to find something that binds the people killed together. They are under a lot of stress. Any day can someone new be shot. Nele Neuhaus has stepped right into my list of favorite authors. I just love her books. All the books I have read so far (three) has held the same high standard and I'm impressed how she managed to write the stories in such a way that I always suspect a lot of people. I was so thrilled with the books that I ordered the only book I could find translated into English that I had yet to read. And that's THE ICE QUEEN, book three in the series. I hope more books will be translated into Swedish or English. I wouldn't mind either to see the books turned into movies or mini-series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Nele Neuhause's Bodenstein & Kirchhoff books each have their own theme. This one was about donorship and organ transplantation. For me this was one of her best books so far. I wasn't bored for a minute, the pace was good. Nele Neuhause's Bodenstein & Kirchhoff books each have their own theme. This one was about donorship and organ transplantation. For me this was one of her best books so far. I wasn't bored for a minute, the pace was good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tien

    I’m pretty sure I check on Goodreads before I pick or request certain books BUT for some reason, I’m still caught up with picking up and reading books from the middle of a series! I’m not just being pedantic but in this particular book, it was a little confusing trying to pick up where their personal relationships are at... for example, this guy got up from bed quietly so as not to wake someone in bed and a sentence later, it was mentioned that he’s divorced. It skipped a few steps of his stages I’m pretty sure I check on Goodreads before I pick or request certain books BUT for some reason, I’m still caught up with picking up and reading books from the middle of a series! I’m not just being pedantic but in this particular book, it was a little confusing trying to pick up where their personal relationships are at... for example, this guy got up from bed quietly so as not to wake someone in bed and a sentence later, it was mentioned that he’s divorced. It skipped a few steps of his stages in life of some years that I was quite confused! I had to work this out for a few of the characters. On the other hand, the mystery itself was very good. What seem to be random killings of unlikely victims just before the holiday season threatened the peace of the public. Whilst people are hiding out at home to avoid being randomly murdered, the police are short-staffed and Detective Pia Kirchhoff decided to stay home to catch this serial killer than going on her honeymoon cruise. Oliver von Bodenstein, happy to have his partner on board, was not happy with the way the team’s dynamic has been disturbed with the specialist profiler they’ve seconded from another department. However, who is this profiler? And why does he seem to be incompetent? To Catch a Killer will keep you guessing right up to the end. I would probably read the next book in the series but am not keen to pick up earlier books (I don’t like looking backward!). The main mystery was solved but I am left with several questions... there was an open situation left with certain character. Thanks to MacMillan Australia for paperback copy in exchange of honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Berg

    I keep returning to Nele Neuhaus despite the fact that she is a fairly uneven author and I never know what I'm going to get. This book is much better than "Böser Wolf" thankfully. There is more insight into the personal life of the main characters, which is the main reason for reading. Pia Kirchhoff is about to go on her honeymoon when a sniper interrupts her plans and her vacation. Her boss, Oliver Bodenstein, appreciates her sacrifice. Soon there are more deaths. They all appear to be in connec I keep returning to Nele Neuhaus despite the fact that she is a fairly uneven author and I never know what I'm going to get. This book is much better than "Böser Wolf" thankfully. There is more insight into the personal life of the main characters, which is the main reason for reading. Pia Kirchhoff is about to go on her honeymoon when a sniper interrupts her plans and her vacation. Her boss, Oliver Bodenstein, appreciates her sacrifice. Soon there are more deaths. They all appear to be in connection with the death of a woman whose family was pressured into giving up her organs after she was proclaimed brain dead. The sniper leaves clues, saying that so-and-so had to die because of what his or her father did or didn't do. This book certainly gave me new angles to organ donation than I had had before. The descriptions of it were off-putting to say the least. Makes me wonder whether I really would like to die on an operating table with several surgeons, standing foot-deep in my blood, working quickly to remove all organs and then leaving my emptied shell for someone else to take care of. If that really is what happens, I don't know, but it's how Neuhaus describes it anyhow. It was an okay story, but I will probably only remember the details of the private lives of the main characters and forget the rest.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    If you like the type of murder mystery that keeps you on edge, then Nele Neuhaus's new book will be the next book you will read. You learn about all the characters throughout the book, Pia Kirchoff, or I should say Pia Sander, Bodenstein and his ex girl friend Inka Hansen, and all the suspects who were involved with Helen Stadler's mother's death. All revolving around being brain-dead and the issuing of body parts. Nele weaves in and out with each suspect and drives you with each person as it un If you like the type of murder mystery that keeps you on edge, then Nele Neuhaus's new book will be the next book you will read. You learn about all the characters throughout the book, Pia Kirchoff, or I should say Pia Sander, Bodenstein and his ex girl friend Inka Hansen, and all the suspects who were involved with Helen Stadler's mother's death. All revolving around being brain-dead and the issuing of body parts. Nele weaves in and out with each suspect and drives you with each person as it unfolds into a well written story. You won't regret reading this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Mensing

    Nele Neuhaus' Detective Pia Kirchhoff mysteries are intricately plotted, and I AM YOUR JUDGE is no exception. Pia is just about to go on a honeymoon trip with her new husband when a sniper kills a woman walking her dog. Pia gets the call, and since she has finished packing and has the time, she jumps in to help her boss and partner, Oliver von Bodenstein, by showing up at the scene until he can arrive. Bodenstein is short-handed, given Pia's vacation and a flu that seems to have decimated his st Nele Neuhaus' Detective Pia Kirchhoff mysteries are intricately plotted, and I AM YOUR JUDGE is no exception. Pia is just about to go on a honeymoon trip with her new husband when a sniper kills a woman walking her dog. Pia gets the call, and since she has finished packing and has the time, she jumps in to help her boss and partner, Oliver von Bodenstein, by showing up at the scene until he can arrive. Bodenstein is short-handed, given Pia's vacation and a flu that seems to have decimated his staff. While it wasn't clear at the outset whether the shooting was a random affair or a deliberate assassination, at least to the police, a pattern soon emerges as another sniper attack takes place. Pia struggles with deciding whether to stay to help with the case or go on her honeymoon, with the former winning out. Once she has decided to stay and join the investigation, she takes a lead role in untangling the complicated motive behind the shootings. Additional shootings take place and the sniper starts leaving clues as to his choice of victims in obituaries. Throughout the book, Neuhaus offers a great deal of information about the medical and legal processes and consequences of organ donation. She does not do any favors for those who need transplants and are waiting for an organ donor with the correct blood type to die. Having read the book, some may reconsider signing their own organ donor cards. In addition to this theme, Neuhaus deals with the issue of privilege as Bodenstein tries to make a decision about whether to remain in the police force, and she handles a variety of family situations sensitively. The intricacies of the plot and of the relationships make for slow reading. At just about 400 pages, the book is overlong to maintain suspense. Pia, Bodenstein, and their team are exhausted throughout the book, and realistic mistakes are made in questioning suspects. The exhaustion carries over to the reader, however, making the reading of the book as much of a trudge as the police work at times. The book would have benefited from a little less detail and a little more speed. Nonetheless, the underlying theme was fascinating, and Neuhaus does manage to make the reader care about Pia and Bodenstein, and even some of the more transitory characters. This review first appeared at reviewingtheevidence.com.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

    A good paced interesting case. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book and the working relationships in the police team.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    2.5 stars... but just barely. This book suffers from the same issues as others in the series, namely: * Bloat! It just feels so long. Yes, it's a complex story, but lots of points are repeated ad nauseum. Also, I think we could probably have done without one of the 23948230 bad guys who are, ahem, "implicated." * A crappy translation (or maybe crappily written source material; I have no way of knowing). Here is a real live sentence from this book: "He was super pissed off." This MUST be a crappy t 2.5 stars... but just barely. This book suffers from the same issues as others in the series, namely: * Bloat! It just feels so long. Yes, it's a complex story, but lots of points are repeated ad nauseum. Also, I think we could probably have done without one of the 23948230 bad guys who are, ahem, "implicated." * A crappy translation (or maybe crappily written source material; I have no way of knowing). Here is a real live sentence from this book: "He was super pissed off." This MUST be a crappy translation of German (in which, I'm sure, there's a single word that means "super pissed off"), right?! Beyond odd wording like this, the dialogue is kinda horrendous. * Weird plot inconsistencies that maybe are caused by translation issues? Suddenly Neff is into Kim, and it totally comes out of nowhere but is presented as a fact. Only much later is Pia like, "Oh, wow, how weird!" Also, on p. 269, Henning says they they're going to celebrate New Year's Eve "at Ralf and Tina's place" -- which is where one of the murders happens later that very night. YET NOBODY EVER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HENNING APPARENTLY KNOWS THEM, even after one of them is killed. It also seems to suggest that Ralf is maybe Henning's brother?!? Which is never acknowledged?!? But again, the translation is so unclear and vague that it's hard to tell. Also, my god, this police department is incompetent. I know they blame Neff and various interlopers for their failings, but wouldn't they double-check alibis and facts about people intimately involved in the case? I don't get it. They just drive all over the place, asking soft-ball questions and taking people's statements at face value, instead of doing actual detective work. I keep reading because I enjoy Pia and Bodenstein, and the stories themselves are creative and (sometimes) decently plotted. But halfway through this book, the cracks started showing, and I started getting irritated. Oh, also -- it felt a little odd that Neuhaus seems to be condemning organ transplantation through this outlandish story. I guess by the end we're supposed to know that it was just a few bad actors behaving in this immoral way, but... it rubbed me the wrong way a bit.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    3.8 out of 5 stars -- Police Procedural dealing with themes of revenge, retribution and vengeance. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff investigate murders committed by a sniper in this 7th book in the series. The killings are not random, and the duo soon finds the link between the victims but it takes quite a long time before they solve this case. This is not a fast-paced thriller, nor is it extremely suspenseful, but the reader gets a sense of the frustration and meticulous attention to detail that is the 3.8 out of 5 stars -- Police Procedural dealing with themes of revenge, retribution and vengeance. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff investigate murders committed by a sniper in this 7th book in the series. The killings are not random, and the duo soon finds the link between the victims but it takes quite a long time before they solve this case. This is not a fast-paced thriller, nor is it extremely suspenseful, but the reader gets a sense of the frustration and meticulous attention to detail that is the real meat of a detective's job. The police seem to be behind at every turn and their exhaustion and anger at the perpetrator is evident really demonstrating the depth of these characters and their commitment. The case touches on issues of organ donation and transplantation and may hit a nerve or two in the readers from the medical community. The urge for money, power, and fame often corrupts. I enjoyed this and believe that there would be a lot in here that would make for a great book club discussion. I like the characters and learning more about their personal lives. I think it best if you've read the previous books in the series as those cases are often mentioned in the narrative. I'll be looking forward to the next. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul T

    The attempt at idiomatic English translation coupled with Germanish four syllable words made the read a laugh out loud exercise.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    A taut, exciting thriller and an enjoyable read. Kept me guessing to the end. Sometimes the translation was a bit clunky, and I did get confused with all the similar sounding German names, but definitely better than the average book in this type of genre.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I found this to be a very run-of-the mill police procedural. A mysterious sniper kills a number of people who, at first glance, have no connection to each other. He obligingly sends messages that explain that these folks were killed out of vengeance, and that the real target is not the victims themselves, but their inconsolable daughter/husband etc. Pia Kirchhoff and her team find out that the connection between the families affected by the murders is the tragic accidental death of a young woman I found this to be a very run-of-the mill police procedural. A mysterious sniper kills a number of people who, at first glance, have no connection to each other. He obligingly sends messages that explain that these folks were killed out of vengeance, and that the real target is not the victims themselves, but their inconsolable daughter/husband etc. Pia Kirchhoff and her team find out that the connection between the families affected by the murders is the tragic accidental death of a young woman 10 years before, and the less-than-ideal way in which her organs were harvested and used for transplantion. I felt that there was little originality in the book. Workaholic, disillusioned police officers ? check. The terrible toll that police work can take on private and family life? check. Devious serial killer who taunts the police by anonymous messages? check. I also found that there was actually very little detection going on in the book. Most of the breakthroughs came from an amateur, daughter of one of the first victims, who took it upon herself to investigate her family's past. It seems the author needed to have the police make some pretty elemental mistakes in order to be able to keep up the mystery long enough to fill the entire book. So it seemed to me that the police characters in the book spent most of their time worrying about their family/private life, dealing with office politics and PR, and rehashing their findings. On top of that, the translation was far from perfect.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    I'm ambivalent towards this one. It was ... meh. I didn't have the urge to chuck it across the room, though, so that's good, right? I quickly got annoying with Oliver. It seemed like his only purpose in this book was to get mad at everyone, then tell us how personal this case is to him, and think about his relationships. I thought the motives for the killings were stupid too. I can't believe that someone who is supposedly as motivated and cunning as that wouldn't realize that the only people who'd I'm ambivalent towards this one. It was ... meh. I didn't have the urge to chuck it across the room, though, so that's good, right? I quickly got annoying with Oliver. It seemed like his only purpose in this book was to get mad at everyone, then tell us how personal this case is to him, and think about his relationships. I thought the motives for the killings were stupid too. I can't believe that someone who is supposedly as motivated and cunning as that wouldn't realize that the only people who'd care about their family members dying aren't the ones that actually did the killing. It was an interesting take on revenge but someone willing to kill for greed isn't probably going to feel much for their family members dying. His choices were just to wide, if that makes sense.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Майя Ставитская

    The composition is multi-figure, with multiple side branches, the action is always stalling, the tempo is lost, the attention is scattered. The motivations of the characters are blatantly unreliable: when the idefix of a young beauty becomes quasi-guilt in the death of her mother, with whom she did not go for a run on X-day, even fuck with it. But when, because of these torments, she, a few years later, and on the eve of the wedding, repeats the feat of Anna Karenina, and others take it for gran The composition is multi-figure, with multiple side branches, the action is always stalling, the tempo is lost, the attention is scattered. The motivations of the characters are blatantly unreliable: when the idefix of a young beauty becomes quasi-guilt in the death of her mother, with whom she did not go for a run on X-day, even fuck with it. But when, because of these torments, she, a few years later, and on the eve of the wedding, repeats the feat of Anna Karenina, and others take it for granted - then, guys, something is wrong with your heads. Об органах «Если строитель построил человеку дом и свою работу сделал непрочно, а дом, который он построил, рухнул и убил хозяина, то этот строитель должен быть казнен. Если он убил сына хозяина, то должны убить сына этого строителя» Кодекс Хаммурапи В юности я попала в аварию. Сильно переломалась, черепно-мозговая травма, сутки в коме, двадцать шесть швов на лицо, изрезанное осколками лобового стекла. Когда пришла в себя, его как раз шили. Увидела над собой две фигуры в зеленых хирургических халатах масках и шапочках, панически испугалась, что похищена на органы и вот прямо сейчас у меня вырезают почку или печень. Стала отталкивать их кричать: "Не трогайте меня". И одна другую спросила с сильным казахским акцентом: - Эт хто такая наглая? - Это с ДТП. "Дорожно-транспортное происшествие", - медленно со скрипом провернулись в голове колесики, поняла, что почки мои со мной, и стало мне счастье. На самом деле, до счастья оказалось достаточно далеко, первое время от симпатичной девушки, ставшей уродом, люди отводили глаза. Но косметологи творят чудеса, лицо вернулось. Однако на собственном опыте убедилась в живучести любимого желтой прессой мема о похищении на органы: эта мысль была первой, до того, как пришла в себя и вспомнила, кто я такая. Неле Нойхаус не прогадала, сделав эту беспроигрышную, с точки зрения читательского интереса, тему основой своего детектива. Некто, называющий себя Судьей, убивает людей. Всегда по одной схеме - выстрелом из снайперской винтовки в присутствии свидетелей, сопровождая очередное убийство письмом, которое сообщает, что жертва в родственных отношениях с человеком, причастным к гибели женщины, чье сердце несколько лет назад было пересажено другому человеку после смерти ее мозга. Непонятно? Ну смотрите, была фрау, нестарая и спортивная, судя по тому, что инсульт случился у нее во время пробежки, но и немолодая, имея в виду двоих взрослых детей. Обеспокоенные тем, что мама долго не возвращается, они пошли искать ее, нашли без сознания, вызвали скорую. Водитель с бодуна, угодил в кювет, приехал со значительным опозданием. В клинике, куда женщину доставили поздно, констатировали смерть мозга в результате обширного инсульта, а на ее близких сразу начали давить, буквально вырывая у них согласие на пересадку органов. Сердце пересадили, но муж погибшей подал на клинику в суд на том основании, что согласия на донорство не давал. В результате разбирательств, клиника выплатила солидную компенсацию (там что-то, действительно, не в порядке было с оформлением согласия), а семья мальчика, получившего сердце - вовсе астрономическую, хотя то неофициально. Дело закрыто. И вот теперь, спустя годы "Судья" убивает близких тех, кто был вовлечен в ту давнюю ситуацию - пусть, мол, помучаются. Следствие ведут аристократ Оливер фон Боденштайн с бессменной напарницей-подчиненной Пией Кирххоф. "Живые и мертвые" седьмая часть детективного сериала этой пары героев, и в целом они умеют завоевывать симпатии даже с такого кавалерийского наскока, каким мне довелось брать этот барьер для игры. Думаю, у поклонников, давно интегрированных в серию, вовсе должны быть любимцами. Но детектив как таковой вряд ли можно назвать удачным. Композиция многофигурная, со множественными боковыми ответвлениями, действие все время пробуксовывает, темп теряется, внимание рассеивается. Мотивации персонажей вопиюще недостоверны: когда идефикс юной красавицы становится псевдовина в смерти матери, с которой не пошла в день Х на пробежку, еще хрен бы с ним. Но когда из-за этих терзаний она, спустя несколько лет, и накануне свадьбы повторяет подвиг Анны Карениной, а окружающие принимают это как должное - тут уж, ребята, что-то у вас не то с головами. Так здесь в абсолютном большинстве случаев. Какая-то ходульная или вовсе детсадовская аргументация в сочетании с изрядно раздражающим самолюбованием своей немецкостью и высокомерием в отношении мигрантов (о русских снисходительно, как о людях третьего сорта). Чего стоит дама, ведущая спортивный порше и собственное расследование против своего отца, которому в значительной мере обязана благосостоянием. Она остро переживает смерть матери, не забывая при этом прикинуть сколько удастся добавить из маминого наследства к стоимости своей элитной квартиры, чтобы купить приглянувшийся загородный дом. Но главное. конечно, негатив, который выливается на врачей трансплантологов, представленных в книге циничными беспринципными мерзавцами, готовыми ради славы и денег идти по головам. Просто наследники Менгеле. Думаю, после нее многие люди, склонные посмертно пожертвовать свои органы для пересадки, откажутся от этой идеи. Нехорошо, спекулировать ради тиражей на теме со многими морально-этическими аспектами, неминуемо опошляя и упрощая сложное Русское убеждение, что в малом количестве немец пошл, а в большом - пошл нестерпимо, было, он знал это, убеждением, недостойным художника: а все-таки его пробирала дрожь. Набоков "Дар"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gisela Hafezparast

    Definitely one of the best in the series and brings up interesting questions about donating your organs and the medical profession, ethics, etc. Also a new interesting character and some new insights into some established characters. Would have been 5 stars, but a bit too much love interest in it for me. I like knowing about the detectives private life, but only at the periphery.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I do really like her books. They keep you on your toes the whole time. They also includes a lot of topics that are important today and any day. Read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    Once again Neuhaus delivers a thrill of a crime read with this latest outstanding instalment in the Pia and Bodenstein series. A sniper is killing seemingly innocent people and not for a reason that stands out initially. They refer to themselves as the judge and are acting as god taking people’s lives as they see fit, with the public panicking the police have to act fast. The only trouble is they keep coming across red herrings that slow them down and Neff an analyst does his fair share of hinde Once again Neuhaus delivers a thrill of a crime read with this latest outstanding instalment in the Pia and Bodenstein series. A sniper is killing seemingly innocent people and not for a reason that stands out initially. They refer to themselves as the judge and are acting as god taking people’s lives as they see fit, with the public panicking the police have to act fast. The only trouble is they keep coming across red herrings that slow them down and Neff an analyst does his fair share of hindering the investigation. This is another gripping thriller that drew me in from the first page and I could not put this down. There are a lot of plot twists throughout this that keep it fresh and the reader on their toes and plenty of red herrings as well to lead you in the wrong direction. I would say this is perhaps a little bit too long and I thought it was dragging towards the end and perhaps a little of the detail was unnecessary. Aside from this I thought it was another exceptional plot. Although a part of a series I do not think you need to read them in order, they are not translated in order anyway but Neuhaus provides enough detail concerning prior events with the result of the reader being fully informed and the actual crime investigations themselves are standalone. As well as the re-occurring characters being in this again there are additional characters added notably Pia’s sister Kim and they help to keep the book feeling fresh and act as an aid for the regular characters to form new relationships with other characters. Neuhaus does have a rather irritating habit of switching between first names and surnames which can lead to confusion and in particular with this book there are a lot of characters in this and I found it very confusing to remember who the characters were related to and what role they played in the plot. Overall this is a sensational crime with a few negatives that let it down but mostly very enjoyable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Olivermagnus

    This is the fourth book in the police procedural series featuring Pia Kirchhoff/Oliver von Bodenstein series by German author Nele Neuhaus. Pia is just about to go on her honeymoon with new husband, Christian, when a sniper kills a woman out walking her dog. Her boss, Oliver, is unavailable so she decides to fill in for him until he can get to the crime scene. Before long a second woman is assassinated. Margarethe Rudolf was making Christmas cookies in her kitchen with her granddaughter, when a This is the fourth book in the police procedural series featuring Pia Kirchhoff/Oliver von Bodenstein series by German author Nele Neuhaus. Pia is just about to go on her honeymoon with new husband, Christian, when a sniper kills a woman out walking her dog. Her boss, Oliver, is unavailable so she decides to fill in for him until he can get to the crime scene. Before long a second woman is assassinated. Margarethe Rudolf was making Christmas cookies in her kitchen with her granddaughter, when a shot comes through her kitchen window, killing her immediately. Pia struggles with deciding whether to stay to help with the case or go on her honeymoon. Additional shootings take place and the sniper sends obituaries to the victims' family, leaving obscure clues. The family members all have secrets, which makes the motive difficult to discover. In addition, many of the team are missing from a horrible flu that's running rampant through the police station. This book has an extremely complex plot and readers unfamiliar with the intricacies of German names might have a problem with a slowing down of the suspense. The discussion of the evidence goes on a bit repetitively too. The translated series has been published out of order but I didn't feel like it was detrimental to the story line. I would still recommend reading one of the earlier books to familiarize yourself with the characters since most of them appear in all of the books. If you like your mystery novels deep and complex, you will absolutely enjoy I Am Your Judge.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anyasilver

    This was probably the least favorite of the Neuhaus crime novels for me, because it's Book 6 in the series, and Book 5 hasn't been translated into English yet. This left me befuddled as to what has happened to two of the characters between books 4 and 6. I can't understand why a publisher won't publish books in order. That said, you don't need to have read the other books to enjoy this one. It's true that there are perhaps too many characters and that the novel could have been more heavily edite This was probably the least favorite of the Neuhaus crime novels for me, because it's Book 6 in the series, and Book 5 hasn't been translated into English yet. This left me befuddled as to what has happened to two of the characters between books 4 and 6. I can't understand why a publisher won't publish books in order. That said, you don't need to have read the other books to enjoy this one. It's true that there are perhaps too many characters and that the novel could have been more heavily edited, but it brings up interesting moral issues about organ donation. Unlike other reviewers, I was less interested in the mindset of the killer than I was in the Pia/Oliver relationship and other relationships explored in the series. I enjoy the sometimes mind-bending switches from dinner menus to dead bodies, and how the novel refuses to let anyone off the hook entirely when it comes to moral guilt. I very much like the characters in these books, and this one is as witty as the others. My family is from the town in Germany in which this takes place, and so of course the local connection is a lot of fun, but even without that link, I find it enjoyable to read books that take place in other countries, and I find the translation good. The ending was a bit rushed, after such a long book; one character, in particular, didn't have enough closure for me and I wasn't even sure to what extent he was involved in the crimes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Cole

    I've read other books in the Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein series and have enjoyed them for the two main characters and the books' plots. Once again, author Nele Neuhaus has created a really good storyline that takes a lot of deduction to put everything together, and it's one in which readers witness the sacrifices dedicated police officers often have to make in their personal lives, but-- ultimately-- I Am Your Judge just was not my cup of tea. My reasons for this are mostly subjective, beginnin I've read other books in the Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein series and have enjoyed them for the two main characters and the books' plots. Once again, author Nele Neuhaus has created a really good storyline that takes a lot of deduction to put everything together, and it's one in which readers witness the sacrifices dedicated police officers often have to make in their personal lives, but-- ultimately-- I Am Your Judge just was not my cup of tea. My reasons for this are mostly subjective, beginning with the title. I am a contrary soul, and when someone tells me point blank that he/she is my judge, I beg to differ. In addition, one of the storylines that I do not care for at all is the one in which the sins of the fathers are visited upon their children. I say, if you have a serious problem with your father and think he needs to die, then kill him, don't kill someone who doesn't have a thing to do with the situation. As you can see, Neuhaus did get a firm grip on my emotions with her plot and her killer, but it wasn't necessarily in a good way. It also didn't help that this book suffers from too much middle and could easily have lost around one hundred pages to tighten it up and heighten the suspense. Yes, my dislike of this book is mainly subjective, so keep this in mind when you're trying to decide whether or not to read it. Your hot buttons may not be the same as mine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ma Ri

    I turn to Nele Neuhaus for that specific kind of time-killing mystery novel that works best for waiting rooms, cafes, airplanes or other places where I want to zone out and get absorbed with some not-too-difficult problem. The Bodenstein/Kirchoff novels are mostly fun can be very uneven in terms of characterization and the intricacy of the story. Personally, I found I Am Your Judge to be the weakest one so far. In Snow White Must Die and Bad Wolf, I appreciated that the detectives were almost min I turn to Nele Neuhaus for that specific kind of time-killing mystery novel that works best for waiting rooms, cafes, airplanes or other places where I want to zone out and get absorbed with some not-too-difficult problem. The Bodenstein/Kirchoff novels are mostly fun can be very uneven in terms of characterization and the intricacy of the story. Personally, I found I Am Your Judge to be the weakest one so far. In Snow White Must Die and Bad Wolf, I appreciated that the detectives were almost minor characters who popped up from time to time and didn't say much more than what was necessary, but they felt more present in IAYJ. I also felt like Neuhaus used way too much expository dialogue -- not only for the detectives but for most characters. The dialogue was very awkward in general; insults were too pointed but also too hokey, evasions were obvious and frustrating. There was also a lot of winking, chuckling and other very goofy things to be happening during a police investigation... The central mystery was pretty simple, but the premise of crazed victims of organ donation was fresh (the best aspect of this novel). I did enjoy reading it but I wish it had felt more mature... enough with the winking and silly nicknames!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    A police procedural set in Frankfurt, translated reasonably well, although there were a few odd turns of phrase. This seems to be one of a series, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the convoluted relationships everyone seemed to be involved in; all the characters seemed to be on their second marriages and regarded their children as an inconvenience. I enjoyed it for the most part, although there were far too many doctors with varying roles for me to keep them apart in my mind. It went on A police procedural set in Frankfurt, translated reasonably well, although there were a few odd turns of phrase. This seems to be one of a series, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the convoluted relationships everyone seemed to be involved in; all the characters seemed to be on their second marriages and regarded their children as an inconvenience. I enjoyed it for the most part, although there were far too many doctors with varying roles for me to keep them apart in my mind. It went on too long as well and the body count was pretty high. The ending was (despite the epilogue) confusing to me: (view spoiler)[ What exactly was Hartig's involvement? Why did Thomsen keep secrets and then suddenly divulge them all? Why did Erik's version of his mother's death have him and Helen discover her collapsed and then use her phone to call an ambulance, when the plot required Helen to have asked Renate to call the emergency services for them and her forget to do so? - This led me to assume that Erik was implicated in some way. (hide spoiler)] Ultimately it was just too convoluted and there were just too many threads of wrong doing at the hospital (none of which I believed could really go on in Germany in the 21st century). I don't think I'll read any more of these.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Enjoyed this latest installment by Nele Neuhaus which again features detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein - this time purchased as an audio book. Although not my favourite Neuhaus novel, the premise of the story centering around organ transplantation was intriguing and somewhat controversial. On the other hand, some of the characters appeared a bit too stereotypical and the plot somewhat predictable. That said, the story contained enough red herrings and plotlines to keep me intere Enjoyed this latest installment by Nele Neuhaus which again features detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein - this time purchased as an audio book. Although not my favourite Neuhaus novel, the premise of the story centering around organ transplantation was intriguing and somewhat controversial. On the other hand, some of the characters appeared a bit too stereotypical and the plot somewhat predictable. That said, the story contained enough red herrings and plotlines to keep me interested until the end. I would have liked a bit more storyline on Kirchhoff's and von Bodenstein's lives in this novel, which in past books has given the reader the emotional connection to the main protagonists ... von Bodenstein did not feature much in this one at all, though we find out a bit more about Pia's family background. The ending lacked a final unpredictable twist which delivers that special "wow"-factor that makes a book great, but all in all I really enjoyed the read and look forward to Neuhaus' next installment in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    German Audiobook--I have read several of Neuhaus's books and all are good. Pia has to figure out who is killing family members of people related heart transplants at the Frankfurt University Clinic. The killer is a sharp shooter. There are several possible suspects, all relating to a lady brought to the clinic and declared brain dead-supposedly so that her organs could be harvested. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe German Audiobook--I have read several of Neuhaus's books and all are good. Pia has to figure out who is killing family members of people related heart transplants at the Frankfurt University Clinic. The killer is a sharp shooter. There are several possible suspects, all relating to a lady brought to the clinic and declared brain dead-supposedly so that her organs could be harvested. Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe von Eschborn wurde eine ältere Dame aus dem Hinterhalt erschossen. Kurz darauf ereignet sich ein ähnlicher Mord: Eine Frau wird durch das Küchenfenster ihres Hauses tödlich getroffen. Beide Opfer hatten keine Feinde. Warum mussten ausgerechnet sie sterben? Der Druck auf die Ermittler wächst schnell. Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein fahnden nach einem Täter, der scheinbar wahllos mordet – und kommen einer menschlichen Tragödie auf die Spur.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    The entire question about reading a series in order goes out the window with Neuhaus' terrific books. They were published out of sequence in the US, beginning with #4, followed by #6, then back to #3, and now to #7. If you get a sense of whip lash about what is going on with various characters' private lives, you are not alone. Regardless, these are terrific crime novels and I'm glad to have them to read in any order rather than not at all.... Once again Neuhaus is dealing with a serious issue wi The entire question about reading a series in order goes out the window with Neuhaus' terrific books. They were published out of sequence in the US, beginning with #4, followed by #6, then back to #3, and now to #7. If you get a sense of whip lash about what is going on with various characters' private lives, you are not alone. Regardless, these are terrific crime novels and I'm glad to have them to read in any order rather than not at all.... Once again Neuhaus is dealing with a serious issue within society, and doing so with a most complex plot involving numerous people in tense, intense, and often frightening situations. We learn more about the personal lives of Pia Kitchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein, the main characters of this police procedural mystery/thriller. I wish all the books in the series were available, but will just have to make do with what I can have.

  26. 5 out of 5

    anne

    Argh. The writing (especially the dialogues) was so chunky and uneven, I hated the profiler character (the least nuanced portrayal of profiling ever, no one is *that* unlikeable tbh) and the personal relationship stuff was, as in the last couple ones from the series, very weird to it, because it feels to me like Neuhaus is going back on a lot of the previous characterizations (especially of Bodenstein's ex-wife). The murder mystery is interesting in itself (as is the topic of organ donation) but Argh. The writing (especially the dialogues) was so chunky and uneven, I hated the profiler character (the least nuanced portrayal of profiling ever, no one is *that* unlikeable tbh) and the personal relationship stuff was, as in the last couple ones from the series, very weird to it, because it feels to me like Neuhaus is going back on a lot of the previous characterizations (especially of Bodenstein's ex-wife). The murder mystery is interesting in itself (as is the topic of organ donation) but it starts too slow and then too many thing happen and characters are involved, even if the the way it's solved is pretty neat. Also, frankly, I'd prefer less serial killers with a ~special~ motive in my murder mysteries and more "regular" crimes - serial killers seem like a weird trend every crime author jumps on these days and it's so overdone.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mainlinebooker

    I have been in love with Scandanavian litererature for quite a while but after reading a few of Neuhaus's novels, I feel it is time to put Germany under the microscope. This solidly written mystery of Detective Pia Kickoff and her partner, Oliver von Bodenstein is the fourth in a series. Kia was about to leave for a trip with her secretly married husband when she is called in to help with a murder. It is Xmas time and the office is short staffed. The murder involves the shooting an an elderly wo I have been in love with Scandanavian litererature for quite a while but after reading a few of Neuhaus's novels, I feel it is time to put Germany under the microscope. This solidly written mystery of Detective Pia Kickoff and her partner, Oliver von Bodenstein is the fourth in a series. Kia was about to leave for a trip with her secretly married husband when she is called in to help with a murder. It is Xmas time and the office is short staffed. The murder involves the shooting an an elderly woman who is walking her dog. More shootings begin to pile up and the suspense escalates as the next victims are claimed. The web of deceit and machinations make this police procedural very vivid and real, as one attempts to decipher the connections leading to the killers' identity and whereabouts.

  28. 4 out of 5

    World Literature Today

    "Publishers have a pretty good idea what bells and whistles best-sellers should sound and tend to reduce these things to formulas. The book delivers discoveries exactly when it’s supposed to. You can hear 'pins drop' as secrets are revealed and the irrational murderer is exposed as having a rationale, and we end up with a happy kiss of newlyweds—literally. In other words, nothing much is a surprise and the accomplishment of this manages to require over four hundred pages." - J. Madison Davis This "Publishers have a pretty good idea what bells and whistles best-sellers should sound and tend to reduce these things to formulas. The book delivers discoveries exactly when it’s supposed to. You can hear 'pins drop' as secrets are revealed and the irrational murderer is exposed as having a rationale, and we end up with a happy kiss of newlyweds—literally. In other words, nothing much is a surprise and the accomplishment of this manages to require over four hundred pages." - J. Madison Davis This book was reviewed in the September/October 2016 issue of World Literature Today magazine. Read the full review by visiting our website: http://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I enjoy the Nele Newhaus' series and the only fault I have with this one is I felt it rambled on in places and could have been not quite so drawn-out. All-in all a good read with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. I enjoy the Nele Newhaus' series and the only fault I have with this one is I felt it rambled on in places and could have been not quite so drawn-out. All-in all a good read with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rayb24

    Very gritty and scary in a hell is paved with good intentions sort of way... The only thing I didn't like was in the translation from German they obviously substituted americanisms in some places. I'd have preferred keeping too the original text just translated. Very gritty and scary in a hell is paved with good intentions sort of way... The only thing I didn't like was in the translation from German they obviously substituted americanisms in some places. I'd have preferred keeping too the original text just translated.

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