Thursday, June 16, 2011

Secrets of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff, 370 pages

Detective Simon Ziele is back investigating the troublesome case of a judge's murder during the trial of an anarchist. Criminologist Alistair Sinclair is a family friend called in to help and he insists on Simon's participation. With this being a high profile case involving the commissioner himself, Simon could easily find himself out of a job if he crosses his bosses. And Simon quickly comes to believe there is more to the case than just anarchists, especially when other people start to die, with a white rose and Bible at the scenes. Also, a family member of Simon's dead fiance, Hannah, seems to be involved, forcing Simon to face memories of the past. Will Simon be able to solve this troublesome case and maintain his friendship with Alistair? Will Simon even live long enough to solve the case?
I've enjoyed Stefanie Pintoff's works ever since Lisa recommended them to be, but I feel like they are homages to The Alienist by Caleb Carr. While solid reads, they won't ever be my favorite mysteries, being a little too dry for my tastes.

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