Death of the Blue Flower - Roxann Hill, Paul Wagle

Description (Goodreads):


Working in an exclusive, high-end rehab clinic in Germany, ex-con Alicia Petersen does her job well enough to get through the day. Battered by life, she’s generally not one for conversation, escaping her dreary existence through daydreams of her childhood. These dreams and the friendship of Miriam Morgenroth, an elderly patient, are all that keep her going.


One day, Miriam disappears without a trace. But patients do walk away from rehab time and again, so no one suspects foul play—no one except Alicia. Determined to conduct her own search, she asks for help from a chemo-ravaged police detective, Chris Winkler, who jumps at a chance to put his dormant expertise to use in the investigation.


From the Bavarian Alps to the northern German Coast, the two follow a bloody trail into a world of betrayal, revenge, and murder, with motives that reach far back into an appalling past. As Alicia and Chris grow closer, they soon discover that Miriam had many secrets—the sort that threaten the lives of those who attempt to bring them to light. 


My thoughts:


This is a mystery novel set in Germany. Like most mystery novels there is more than one mystery that the story centers around. We have a dead woman and some missing diamonds stolen back in Nazi times. There are quite a few characters to keep track of, but they are written differently enough that there isn't much confusing. I did find the dialog to be slightly flat. The whodunit was easy for me to figure out early on, but there was just enough story there to save me from boredom. 


This was originally translated from German. The translator did an amazing job.




You may like this if you are a fan of mystery novels and do not find subject such as Nazi Germany difficult to read about. This definitely meant for adults do to sensitive subject matter. I also want to add that I do not think the book is worth the almost five dollar price tag. It is available in Kindle Unlimited, and if you are already a subscriber, it would be worth a try if you think you may enjoy it.


I won this book on Goodreads.