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review 2018-06-08 16:24
Emmerichs zweiter Fall
Die rote Frau: Ein Fall für August Emmerich (Die Kriminalinspektor-Emmerich-Reihe, Band 2) - Alex Beer,Cornelius Obonya

Wien nach dem 1. Weltkrieg. Das Stadtbild wird von Hunger, Elend und Kriegsveteranen geprägt. Die Kriminalbeamten von Leib und Leben sind mit dem unfassbaren Mord am geschätzten Stadtrat Fürst betraut, währen sich Kriminalinspektor August Emmerich und sein Assistent mit Schreibarbeit quälen. Allerdings entdecken sie einen bisher unbekannten Zusammenhang und fangen mit eigenen Ermittlungen an.

"Die rote Frau" ist der zweite Teil der historischen Krimireihe um Kriminalinspektor August Emmerich, der in der Donaumetropole nach dem 1. Weltkrieg angesiedelt ist.

Polizeiagent Emmerich und sein Assistent Ferdinand Winter sind vom Regen in der Traufe gelandet. Zwar dürfen sie nun endlich in der begehrten Abteilung "Leib und Leben" ermitteln, sie haben sich darunter allerdings keine Schreibtischarbeit vorgestellt. 

Den Einsatz als Tippse im Hintergrund haben sie Emmerichs Starrsinn zu verdanken. Denn dieser legt sich gern mit Vorgesetzten an und hat es sich zur Regel gemacht, seine Kompetenzen zu überschreiten, was von höheren Beamten natürlich nicht gerne gesehen wird.  

In seiner Sturheit ist Emmerich aber auch genial, weil genau dieser Wesenszug meistens sehr hilfreich bei Ermittlungen ist. Außerdem ist er blitzgescheit, verfügt über eine umfassende Kombinationsgabe und setzt seinen Hausverstand ein.

Im Fall um die rote Frau legt sich Emmerich nicht nur mit Vorgesetzten sondern gleich mit dem Umfeld von Stadtrat Fürst an, wo er prekären Geheimnissen auf der Spur zu sein scheint.

Die Krimihandlung ist solide, interessant und entführt in die problematischen Tage dieser Zeit. Mordopfer Fürst ist ein Wohltäter gewesen und hat sich allseits großer Beliebtheit erfreut. Deshalb kann sich die Polizei das Mordmotiv nicht erklären. War es die Verzweiflungstat eines armseligen Kriegsinvaliden? Oder steht sogar politische Motivation dahinter?

So steckt Emmerich bei seinen Ermittlungen die Rahmenbedingungen des Mordhergangs ab, kommt zu vielen Theorien und entkräftet sie auch wieder. Mir persönlich waren Tathergang, Überführung und Motivation etwas zu weit hergeholt, was aber nur ein kleiner Kritikpunkt meinerseits ist. Denn die Ermittlungsarbeit selbst ist gut und spannend zu lesen, allein, weil Alex Beer mit dem historischen Setting besticht.

Mit August Emmerich verliert man sich im Wien der 1920er-Jahre. Man kann kaum fassen, in welchem Elend die einst strahlende Donaumetropole erstickt. Die Straßen sind von Entstellten und Verstümmelten, Verhungernden und Verzweifelten geprägt. Die Menschen leben unter schwierigsten Bedingungen und vegetieren meist eher dahin.

Zudem steuert die Autorin gut bekannte Ecken, Straßen und Gebäude an, wodurch das Wiener Stadtbild absolut authentisch wirkt. 

Meiner Meinung nach hat Alex Beer damit eine exzellente Melange aus Ermittlungstätigkeit, historischem Rahmen und Kriminalhandlung kreiert, die den Leser in das alte Wien entführt.

Unbedingt erwähnen möchte ich noch die Mundartphrasen, die quer durch die gesamte Handlung anzufinden sind. Nach wie vor wird genauso gesprochen und ich musste oft schmunzeln, weil mancher Dialog dadurch noch glaubhafter wirkt.

Meiner Ansicht nach hat Alex Beer ihre Reihe spannend, historisch interessant und gekonnt fortgesetzt. Ich freue mich, wenn es mit August Emmerich wieder etwas zu ermitteln gibt.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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quote 2018-05-05 15:54
Arguments can always be found to turn desire into policy.
The Guns of August - Barbara W. Tuchman

--Barbara W. Tuchman "The Guns of August"

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review 2018-03-16 17:00
A Compelling Thriller of Puerto Rican Daily Life and Murder
August Murder - Miranda Lee

August Murder creates a fast-paced thriller about terrorism, murder, politics, and one man who doesn't believe the report of events surrounding his son's death in Puerto Rico, and who assembles a posse of lawyers and investigators to uncover the truth. 

 

The story is actually based on real life - there was such an event in Puerto Rico. Two young men were murdered by police agents on one of the country’s mountains, and said agents were later detained at the insistence of the Puerto Rico Legislature, investigated, tried, and found guilty of police wrongdoing (despite other probes that exonerated them, conducted by the FBI and police agencies). 

 

Although August Murder is loosely based on these events, it adds drama, thriller elements, and suspense to wind Puerto Rico's real-world culture and history into the true story. 

 

The underlying focus on political investigations and a web of intrigue and conspiracy, combined with a heavy dose of Puerto Rican politics and cultural insights, lends to a creation which serves to both entertain and enlighten. 

 

It takes a talented hand to wind nonfiction facts into a fictional mystery, grapple with a myriad of characters which prove compelling and recognizable in their own rights through the story line, and maintain a flow of action and drama that easily holds reader attention. 

 

August Murder succeeds in all these aspects, and is a compelling saga of conflicting evidence and motivations for murder, crafting an especially astute eye to capturing Puerto Rican daily lives and experiences: "Mr. Miller, policemen in Puerto Rico don’t make a lot of money. The average salary for a police officer is around $30,000, about the same as the average salary for a teacher. For that kind of money, they risk their lives in dangerous places. They have to deal with young delinquents in the projects who may make $30,000 in one week, and who are much better armed than any policeman. It’s amazing that more of them are not taking money to look the other way or do worse." 

 

  1. Miranda's ability to take a real-world scandal and use its details to enlighten readers about the underlying culture, social issues, and political pressures in Puerto Rico contributes to an outstanding thriller especially recommended for modern readers who would gain a sense of the island's processes and peoples. 
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review 2017-12-12 21:05
Forbidden Love - Andie M. Long,Anna Bloo... Forbidden Love - Andie M. Long,Anna Bloom,Bethany Lopez,Grace Augustine,Jade C. Jamison,Jeanne St. James,K.L. Shandwick,Kat Mizera,L.A. Remenicky,Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

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  On the whole this series of short stories is good to the point of me looking for books following on or related to the characters in some of them, some really stood out as slightly better than others like Anna Bloom's and Kat Mizera. KL Shandwick's Under The Radar is related to her Ready For Flynn series which I have read, so I really enjoyed this story especially since I was already familiar with the characters and some of their story. It is focussed on their relationship and a discussion on mov On the whole this series of short stories is good to the point of me looking for books following on or related to the characters in some of them, some really stood out as slightly better than others like Anna Bloom's and Kat Mizera. KL Shandwick's Under The Radar is related to her Ready For Flynn series which I have read, so I really enjoyed this story especially since I was already familiar with the characters and some of their story. It is focussed on their relationship and a discussion on moving forward with it, one character wants more the other is worried how it would effect her job and son. Very intense and emotional, well written and enjoyable. If you have read the series then I would definitely suggest getting this for that story alone. There were a couple of stories I felt were very rushed, the wording and sentences almost clipped as though a read through or edits and corrections hadn't been made. This is a shame as the stories themselves were quite good but this did let them down and I must say I have read arcs with much better layout and spelling, luckily this is in the minority in this box set and was only two stories so didn't spoil it to much. Most authors had done a thorough job and I really enjoyed reading them.

 

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text 2017-11-20 19:49
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square 4
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs
The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 Nove... The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 - Frederick Taylor
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum

Square 4, Part 1: Penance Day

Book: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Task: 5.5 Theses of Book Blogging

 

1. Don't sell ARCs. Donate them to a charity or stock a free little library with them, but don't sell them. I don't read ARCs for a bunch of personal reasons, yet I feel really sorry for the authors who have their ARCs sold.

 

2. Stop the "real" books versus e-Reader/app debate. We all know you are just doing it for page views/social engagement and it is a tired argument. Some bloggers bring this up at least monthly so their numbers look good - ESPECIALLY on FB. Reading is reading and some readers have disabilities/conditions that technology has helped to read more/read again. The argument is classist and ablest and I will unfollow a blogger in a hot minute if I start seeing this.

 

This goes double with audible books. Some people like to read and do crafts/garden/cook/clean at the same time and a lot of them don't have the time in their day to schedule all the things as individual tasks.

 

3. Don't be afraid to review/talk about books from your personal stash, freebie books found in the Nook or Kindle store or even *gasp* the books from your local library. In the daily push to promote NEW! sometimes bloggers get burnt out. Give yourself permission to once a month write about those long cherished books and why they hold/don't hold up. Don't lose your blog's personality in the quest to look good for publishers/blog tour operators.

 

4. Don't be afraid to address serious topics in your review. Authors really need to get over having their book babies get criticized for racism, homophobia, etc that the reader finds. Authors should coral their fans and let's not start in with death threats and slurs directed at the book blogger. And GR/BL, Twitter, and FB could give a helping hand to the blogger/reviewer when shit hits the fan.

 

5. Don't feel the need to be on every social media platform so that your blog gets noticed. Seems like an awful lot of work in creating and maintaining a page on FB for your blog for nothing, since a lot of FB's algorithim will keep your post/page hidden from readers feed. Twitter is one big garbage dump fire. Other platforms seem more in line with helping book bloggers.

                         5.5 However, if a blogger really likes a social media platform, say Instagram, and enjoys coming up with photos of books and bookish stuff, MORE POWER TO YOU. Honestly I am a big fan of "bookstagram" and love to see what you guys and gals come up with. Keep them coming!

 

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Square 4, Part Two: Thanksgiving

Book: The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston - I read it but my review got eaten by BL's bug fixing and I don't feel like re-writing my review. I gave it 5 stars and will probably gush about the entire series for at least the rest of the year.

 

Task: Picture of my new books. The family and I went to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford on Veterans' Day/Armistice Day (cause we know how to party, lol) and let's just say I can't be left in a museum gift shop by myself....I picked up The Berlin Wall 13 August 1961 - 9 November 1989 by Frederick Taylor; most likely the inspiration was seeing a piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the museum.

 

On a different day earlier in the month I went shopping at my favorite local charity shop for a White Elephant gift for the upcoming library staff and volunteer holiday party. I picked up Forgotten Voices of the Great War: A New History of WWI in the Worlds of the Men and Women Who Were There by Max Arthur.

 

 

 

 

 

Total points for this square: 4

 

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