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Sulzbach im Taunus: An einem regnerischen Novemberabend wird eine Frau von einer Brücke auf die Straße gestoßen. Die Ermittlungen führen Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein in die Vergangenheit: Vor vielen Jahren verschwanden in dem kleinen Taunusort Altenhain zwei Mädchen. Ein Indizienprozess brachte den mutmaßlichen Täter hinter Gitter. Nun ist er in seinen HeimatortSulzbach im Taunus: An einem regnerischen Novemberabend wird eine Frau von einer Brücke auf die Straße gestoßen. Die Ermittlungen führen Pia Kirchhoff und Oliver von Bodenstein in die Vergangenheit: Vor vielen Jahren verschwanden in dem kleinen Taunusort Altenhain zwei Mädchen. Ein Indizienprozess brachte den mutmaßlichen Täter hinter Gitter. Nun ist er in seinen Heimatort zurückgekehrt. Als erneut ein Mädchen vermisst wird, beginnt im Dorf eine Hexenjagd......

Title : Schneewittchen muss sterben
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Schneewittchen muss sterben Reviews

  • Dan Hurwitz
    2019-02-07 18:47

    Book forced me into a hate triangle composed of the author, the translator, and myself. Of the three, the strongest emotions were directed against myself for continuing to endure the pain of listening to the book to its very end.Out of respect to a fellow author, I cannot bring myself to blame him for the inane comments that kept emphasizing things that would be obvious for any reader above the age of six. Surely these had to be less mind-numbing in the original German if they appeared at all.Absolving the author for the above still leaves plenty of room for criticism. The book takes place in a village in which practically every resident is guilty of one heinous fault or another and must, therefore, be properly punished, however implausibly. By the book's end, they've all been done away with, one way or another, leaving, one supposes, nothing but a ghost town. That being the case, it will presumably be stricken from official maps and the place consigned to its well deserved oblivion.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-02-14 19:34

    When I started this book I was what I'd call "mildly interested". It's not the type of book I'd call my "favorite" though I do like a good thriller now and then. The synopsis peaked my interest and I sent to the library for it.From the beginning I was drawn into the prose (translation) and interested in the characters. I had to get comfortable with some of the German names but that's a small thing and only requires the mind to shift into the book's "mode". This book is one of those rare volumes that is neither predominately character nor plot driven but has an excellent balance of both. Here we have well formed complete characters within an enthralling plot.After doing 10 years for a crime he's pretty sure he didn't commit (sadly he has no actual memory of the night the murders he went to prison for happened) Tobias sets out to find what really happened. Well of course he does, otherwise we'd have no novel.I can highly recommend this one and I plan to read more by the author when I can. Recommended, enjoy.

  • Fiona
    2019-02-14 20:34

    I am not the reader I used to be, and I don't know if that's a good thing or not. Five years ago, three years ago, maybe even eighteen months ago, I would have enjoyed this book for what it was: a perfectly serviceable cold case police procedural, albeit with a few odd elements in it (I don't know what the German statute of limitations looks like, but I'm pretty sure it's harder to waive it over here). I don't know what's gone wrong but I can make a couple of educated guesses.Guess the first: I’ve read more things, so it’s harder to please me. I’m noticing mistakes more. I’m spotting the tropes, I’m rolling my eyes more at the things I don’t like. For example, this book’s attitude to women made me tired. A couple of years back, I instated a rule about the media I consume, which is defined thus: We do not accept hoeing as motive. Which is to say, in murder mysteries, I do not like it when women die because of who they slept with, or didn’t sleep with, or flirted with, or didn’t flirt with. We do not accept “she had an affair, so of course she had to die” at face value. We do not accept “jealousy, amirite?!” as a de facto reason for killing a person. In context of SWMD, that means that you don’t get to kill two teenage girls as the hook and then leave them faceless and lusted after. It’s lazy, it’s boring, you’re contributing to the problem. This is in so many damn mysteries; I don’t like it and I don’t want to read about it any more.You also, incidentally, don’t get to have your other hook be a middle aged woman getting shoved off a bridge in traffic, and then NEVER REFER TO HER AGAIN because it’s the dead, pretty, teenage girls that’s more interesting. We do not accept hoeing as motive.Guess the second, and related to guess the first: I’ve turned into a literary thrill seeker and this isn’t a good enough fix any more. More than likely to some extent. I found this article shortly after finishing SWMD. It’s got a good point, and I don’t really know what to do about that at the moment.Guess the third: I’ve read more broadly, so my tastes have shifted. I used to avidly consume anything and everything I could find, and these days I’ve got more discriminating and a bit more literary. This is why I care about lazy writing, because I’ve discovered that I like challenging things, I like being challenged, I like it when both I and the author have had to work. And that’s not to say you can’t get that with this kind of novel – I defy anyone to look Maj Sjowall, Henning Mankell, Elizabeth George, Val McDermid in the eye and tell them you can’t write a clever police procedural that is challenging in its presentation of the puzzle and also of the world that it comments upon. I love a good procedural, it is one of my favourite things and I will never feel ashamed of reading them – god no. But I like them for their opportunities to question, to draw social juxtapositions, to make connections between people and things and situations that otherwise wouldn’t get a look in. I am sad that this book was a wasted opportunity for so many interesting things.Guess the fourth: I write more stories now, and I’m also not very good at it, so I recognise the metaphorical pencil marks when I see them. Can’t fool me, Nele Neuhaus. I know what a plot strand thrown out to be possibly picked up if I run out of steam later looks like. Doesn’t endear me any. A well-written novel looks like the product of a magic trick, like it came out of the ground whole, not like it was put together piece by piece with no idea of what the end product would look like. At any rate, a few parts just felt a bit slapdash.Guess the fifth: I’ve lost the ability to switch off the contextualising and just focus on what’s on the page in front of me, rather than what I wish it could be. I hope, hope, hope it’s not this but I fear it might be.At any rate, I was disappointed, which was a shame, because this was bought for me by my mum and I had high hopes for it. Which leaves me with a weird conclusion: since I started this as comfort reading, and comfort reading isn’t working for me at the moment – if I start thrill-seeking in earnest, am I going to end up burning myself out and not looking at a book for six weeks? I guess there’s one way to find out.

  • Michael
    2019-02-21 18:42

    Ever since Stieg Larson's Millenium trilogy hit it big, it seems like the mystery shelves have been flooded with a ton of imported mysteries and thrillers, all attempting to capture lighting in a bottle for a second time.Of the translated thrillers I've read over the past couple of years, it's Snow White Must Die that not only captured me and wouldn't let go but also left me hoping that the rest of this series will get translated and published in America ASAP. Simply put, Snow White is one of the most entertaining and enthralling mystery novels I've read in a long time.Over a decade ago, two girls with a romantic connection to Tobias Satorius went missing. Suspicion centered on Tobias, who experience a 24-hour blackout around the time of the disappearances, leading to Tobias' conviction and ten year jail sentence. As he's released from prison, Tobias returns home to find his parents estranged, his father's business in ruin and the town unwilling to forget the crimes of which he was convicted. When Tobias' mother is assaulted on an overpass and put in the hospital and another young girl disappears, the town is only too ready to convict Tobias again in the court of public opinion. Enter police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein who are summoned to the scene of the attack on Tobias' mother and slowly begin digging into the details of the current crime and trying to unearth whether or not Tobias was actually guilty of the crimes a decade or more before.While Snow White Must Die is clearly trying to hitch its wagon to the Girl With the... phenomenon, the novel reminded me more of the best works of Elizabeth George and Laura Lippman (who I feel are two of the best writers publishing today, mystery or otherwise). The team of Kirchhoff and Bodenstein reminded me a bit of the early days of Lynley and Havers in all the right ways. As the fourth book in the series featuring them and the rest of their team of detectives, I found myself yearning to spend more time getting to know these characters and see where their stories led next. As for the mystery, it works fairly well for much of the novel, though I was able to discern some of the twists from the later half of the book before our detective heroes do. But that's because the reader is clued into certain pieces of information and character moments before the detectives are. The only other drawback is several of the names in the novel are similar, creating some bit of confusion as to who is who in the early going, but this confusion is quickly left behind if you're willing to invest a little time and attention to the novel.And that won't be a difficult thing to do. Snow White Must Die is a rewarding and compelling mystery thriller that had me eager to turn the next page and saying to myself, "Just one more chapter" at the close of each chapter. A solid mystery with some interesting detectives all adds up to a satisfying first American entry into this series. And one I hope that to visit again sooner rather than later.

  • Michael
    2019-02-21 23:55

    Skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood… Snow White Must Die is far from a fairy Tale. In a small German town, after serving 10 years for the murder of two 17 year old girls, Tobias Sartorius is released. The town is not happy with his return and when another pretty girl goes missing the suspicion obviously is put on him. As the police race to find the missing girl they start to discover things are not as black and white and maybe Tobias isn’t the killer they all thought he was.Snow White Must Die is my first German crime novel and I was very impressed with the way this book played out. You start off with a suspicion and slowly through the complex twists you discover that this is just a huge web of lies. The book starts off with Tobias return and the whole town angry toward him, it reminded me a little of We Need to Talk about Kevin with the author exploring the psychology of trying to live in a town where everyone hates you.Then you discover all the evidence that convicted Tobias was circumstantial and that’s when the questions start. I spent a lot of time trying to understand the motivations of each of the characters, always suspecting they are hiding something. Nele Neuhaus plays with the reader really well, always hinting but never showing her hand too early. The complexity of this case grows but Neuhaus beautifully handles it all without going overboard.I love the way Nele Neuhaus starts off the story with Tobias as the lead and then when things start getting more centred around the crime it shifts focus toward the detectives working the case. I think this was masterfully done and left it open to kill off lead characters if she wished without throwing the story out. As the corruption and the conspiracy within this town begins to be uncovered, no one is safe and this leaves the reader with an anxiety when they put the book down.I don’t remember the last time I’ve read a police procedural that I’ve enjoyed this much, I’ve noticed this is book four in a series but it reads like a standalone book. I really hope they translate more of Nele Neuhaus novels because I’m really impressed with her style and would love the chance to enjoy more of her books.Snow White Must Die is a well crafted thriller that while brutal and violent, it still remains accessible. I would have liked this book to be a little darker but it was still a brilliant book of lies, greed and corruption. I would love to read some more German novels, crime ones in particular if anyone has some good recommendations. Nele Neuhaus showed real skill when she wrote Snow White Must Die and it was a real pleasure to experience it. I wish I could read German to enjoy this book in its original text.This review originally appeared on my blog;

  • Lou
    2019-02-19 23:55

    Hace tiempo que me recomendaron este libro y al terminarlo me ha dejado con muy buen sabor de boca. Blancanieves debe morir es una buena novela de intriga, adictiva y con una trama interesante y bien desarrollada que consigue dejar todos los cabos (que no son pocos) perfectamente atados. Eso sí, al principio me costó un poco entrar en la historia por la cantidad de nombres que aparecen. Hasta que no me los aprendí y conseguí situarme, iba bastante perdida. Por lo demás, muy bien.

  • Armin Hennig
    2019-02-09 22:47

    Als Soap durchaus befriedigend, als Krimi allzu repetitiv und klischeehaftTeil vier der Vordertaunus-Soap um das Ermittler-Duo Bodenstein-Kirchhof, das mit seiner Zweisträngigkeit nicht nur Krimi-Aficionados, sondern die (Harmonie-)Bedürfnisse von gleich mehreren Leserschichten anspricht. In welcher Reihe heiratet der Sohn schon der älteste Sohn das Mädchen, das dem Ermittler-Vater schon in Teil eins gefallen hat, weil ja schon die Mama die große Jugendliebe gewesen ist? Und in welcher Reihe lebt die Ermittlerin mit dem sympathischen Zoodirektor und Ersatzvater von einem der Jungkriminellen aus Teil zwei in harmonischer Partnerschaft zusammen? Und dann findet auch noch der, seit den Anfängen der unbeliebten Frau bestehende, Abwärtstrend von Cary-Grant-Lächler Bodensteins Ehe seinen vorläufigen Endpunkt. Zwei fiese oder faule Kollegen fallen unangenehm auf, bzw. greifen in die Ermittlungen ein und können endlich gemüllt werden, ja die K11-Soap schreitet munter voran und wer wissen will, ob Bodenstein einer der persönlichen Gewinner des mörderischen Spektakels von Altenhain ist und selbst in verwandtschaftliche Beziehungen mit dem Paten gerät, der muss auch Band fünf lesen, in dessen Verlauf wohl auch die zwischenzeitlich gar von Obdachlosigkeit bedrohte Pia Kirchhoff in ihr neues Heim einzieht. Damit das auch richtig standesgemäß und noch tierlieber ausfällt, hat ihr geliebter Zoodirektor eine fette Entschädigung für das Land unter dem illegal errichteten Hof heraus geschlagen. Ein doppeltes Happy End, das trotzdem Lust auf mehr macht. Geschickt eingefädelt, Nele Neuhaus, zumal die zahlreichen Frauen, die auf Partnerschaftsportalen allesamt zuerst einen gepflegten und dann erst einen gut aussehenden, eleganten oder sportlichen Mann und am besten alles zusammen, beim Krimi Lesen doch nicht alle ganz andere Neigungen entwickeln dürften. Oder gibt es da doch einen ganz privaten weiblichen Dreckspatz-Fetisch, der bei der Lektüre von Krimis mit ungewaschenen, dauerverkaterten Ermittlern ausgelebt werden muss, die geradezu magisch ihre Wegwerfgeliebten anziehen? Für alle Leserinnen, die nicht darunter leiden, bietet Nele Neuhaus die ideale Krimikost.Der immer weiter fortlaufende Strang um das K11 sorgt sicherlich für einen gewissen Serien-Sog und auch sonst enttäuscht der plötzlich wieder ganz heiß gewordene Cold Case nicht die Erwartungen der Fan-Gemeinde. Auf die geschlossenen Gesellschaften eines exklusiven Reiterclubs, in dem die Rosstäuscher den Ton angeben und einem Zirkel von Ökofaschisten mit einem Rudel rebellischer Söhne von eifrig miteinander kungelnden Ortsgewaltigen folgt in Schneewittchen muss sterben die geschlossene Dorfgemeinschaft von Altenhain, ein Dorf im Vordertaunus, in das der in einem reinen Indizienprozess wegen des Doppelmords verurteilte Tobi Sartorius zurück kehrt. Außer einer kleinen Gesichtsverletzung, die ihn noch interessanter macht, hat der Einserabiturient, der während der Haftzeit BWL studiert und zudem noch eine Schlosserlehre absolviert hat, aber keine weiteren Schäden davon getragen. Natürlich war Tobi auch noch eine Sportskanone und wird von einer berühmten Schauspielerin und früheren Jugendfreundin abgeholt, für die er nach wie vor die Liebe ihres Lebens ist, auch wenn seine Liebestechnik immerhin stark verbesserungswürdig ist. Wieder zurück im vollkommen verdreckten väterlichen Hof erweist sich der junge Mann auch noch gleich als Putz- und Aufraumgenie und zieht die ebenfalls Sympathin gezeichnete Amelie an, auf die auch der auf diese Altersgruppe spezialisierte Ortsgewaltige Claudius Terlinden ein Auge geworden hat. Zu allem Überfluss ist die ausgewilderte Großstadtpflanze nicht auch noch Siebzehn, sondern sieht auch noch wie das Schneewittchen aus, für dessen Tod Sartorius ja 11 Jahre seines Lebens verloren hat.Ein verwunschener Märchenprinz, den der weibliche Teil der Leserschaft sicher ebenso schnell ins Herz schließen wird wie Oliver von Bodenstein, den frau schon seit dem ersten Teil wegen der Ehe mit dauerweltreisenden Fernsehtante Cosima bemitleiden darf. So viel männliche Attraktivität gab es in den mir bekannten Vorgängerbüchern nicht, der Märchenbezug und die Doppelgängerinnenthematik mögen ebenfalls dazu beigetragen haben, dass der vierte Teil der Reihe einen enormen Schub bescherte.Der Rest ist Nele Neuhaus Business as usual, innerhalb der jeweiligen geschlossenen Gesellschaft gibt es zahlreiche Abhängigkeitsverhältnisse und nicht wenige offene Rechnungen aus den Jahren und Jahrzehnten zuvor. Übermächtige Väter und unglückliche Söhne spielen mal wieder eine Rolle, ebenso der Faktor Neid im Fall von Tobi und seinen nicht ganz so brillanten Altersgenossen. Wieder einmal rollen Kirchhoff und Bodenstein eine lokale Seilschaft auf und wieder einmal gibt es für aufmerksame Leser viel Leerlauf, weil Frau Neuhaus nicht so recht unter Kontrolle hat, wie viel ein Autor beim mehrsträngigen Erzählen an Indizien preis geben kann, ohne die Ermittler als mal wieder emotional verstrickte Volldeppen dastehen zu lassen. Immerhin gibt sie Bodenstein, der im Verlauf der Ermittlungen seine Cosima beim Arbeitsessen mit ihrem Liebhaber ertappt, so etwas wie ein Alibi für seine Abgelenktheit. Ansonsten ist mir zu viel einfach dahin gewurschtelt, bzw. der übliche Eintopf klassischer oder politisch korrekter Krimi-Elemente. Die Mörder sind natürlich allesamt Luschen, die nicht viel mehr auf die Reihe bringen als junge Mädchen im Rudel zu vergewaltigen oder humorlose Trottel, die von ihren übermächtigen Frauen auf Ministersessel geschoben zu werden. Im gekürzten Hörbuch beim Autofahren hat mich ihre Wurschtelei nicht so sehr gestört wie beim Lesen, im Moment bin ich her in der Stimmung, wenn schon dann als Hörbuch, aufgrund des Soap-Faktors werde ich mir wohl doch noch den dritten Teil mit dem für eine Liebesnacht unter Drogen gesetzten Bodenstein sogar in der gedruckten Version antun, aber Teil fünf Böser Wolf kommt mir allenfalls zu Gehör.

  • Λίνα Θωμάρεη
    2019-02-02 16:36

    Αγωνία, ανατροπές, μυστήριο .... 3 αστεράκια άνετα...

  • F.R.
    2019-02-13 16:40

    When a German novel has been translated into lumpy and plodding English, who does one blame? Is it the author or the translator? After all, if the book was originally written in lumpy and plodding German, surely it behoves the translator to them render it in similar quality English? That would be the best representation of the book, after all. But what if the translator isn’t that good? What if, no matter how scintillating, poetic or beautiful the original German, this particular translator can only render it into the lumpiest and most plodding English? What if lumpy and plodding English is the absolute height of this translator’s skills? Obviously I’m opening the gates on a whole philosophical minefield here, one where I don’t have any answers and, if I’m honest, do not want to spend hours engaging with. So okay, if I can’t really judge it on the quality of the prose, I’ll have to look at how well it works as a thriller. Sadly there, more in my field of expertise, I found it wanting. This is a book which relies on a truly massive coincidence, with a few smaller coincidences thrown in for good measure, and has a town where every single character (even those who don’t have lines, so are just names with vague shapes) keep terrible secrets. Fine, there are a lot of actually good thrillers with flaws on that scale, but this one has none of the sleight of hand needed to slip those improbabilities past the reader. What we end up with is an undoubtedly ambitious book, but one which can’t keep a firm grasp on itself and so leaves the reader staring goggle-eyed and incredulous.A young man is released from prison after serving a sentence for double murder. His arrival home is the catalyst for other crimes and slowly the seams of the original investigation to fall apart. I’ll be fair and say that at points it’s gripping, but there also points where it’s tedious soap opera. In the end this is a bog standard thriller and in of itself there’s nothing wrong with that. Most readers have moments where they reach for a bog standard thriller. This one is at the muddier end of the bog however.

  • Marian
    2019-02-04 20:57

    Skin as white as snow, hair as black as ebony and lips as red as blood… But this is no fairy story… In a small town in Germany a boy is accused of murdering a beautiful girl. But does a “wicked queen” lurk in their midst? On a September evening eleven years ago, two 17-year-old girls vanished without a trace from the tiny village of Altenhain, just outside Frankfurt. In a trial based on circumstantial evidence 20-year-old Tobias Sartorius was convicted and imprisoned for the murder of his childhood friend Laura and his beautiful girlfriend Stefanie – otherwise known as Snow White. After serving his sentence, Tobias returns home. His presence in the little German village stirs up the events of the past. Events that the locals would prefer to remain hidden. When the Sartorius family is subjected to a number of attacks, Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff and DS Oliver von Bodenstein are tasked with monitoring the tense atmosphere in the tight-knit community. As the village inhabitants close ranks it becomes apparent the disappearance of Snow White and her friend was far more complex than imagined. Then history starts to repeat itself in a disastrous manner when another pretty girl goes missing. The police are thrown into a race against time. Will they be able to save her, or is she destined to die?

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-01-28 18:48

    When I started this book I was what I'd call "mildly interested". It's not the type of book I'd call my "favorite" though I do like a good thriller now and then. The synopsis peaked my interest and I sent to the library for it.From the beginning I was drawn into the prose (translation) and interested in the characters. I had to get comfortable with some of the German names but that's a small thing and only requires the mind to shift into the book's "mode". This book is one of those rare volumes that is neither predominately character nor plot driven but has an excellent balance of both. Here we have well formed complete characters within an enthralling plot.After doing 10 years for a crime he' pretty sure he didn't commit (sadly he has no actual memory of the night the murders he went to prison for happened) Tobias sets out to find what really happened. Well of course he does, otherwise we'd have no novel.I can highly recommend this one and I plan to read more by the author when I can. Recommended, enjoy.

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-02-17 20:38

    Eine sehr spannende Geschichte! Nele Neuhas hat mit den Ermittlern Oliver von Bodenstein und Pia Kirchhoff eine sehr schöne Krimserie im Gange - ich kann das nächste Buch kaum abwarten! In diesem geht es um Tobias Sartorius, der nach elf Jahre Haft in seinem alten Heimat in Altenhain zurückkehrt. Er ist wegen des Todes zwei Mädchen - die aber nie gefunden worden sind - verurteilt worden. Man kann nicht sagen das er in Alteinhain willkommen gehiessen wird - die Dorfbehowner hätte ihm am liebsten nie wieder gesehen. Als Laura, einer der ermordeten Mädchen, gefunden wird, kommt ein Ball im rollen die viele Dorfbewohner nervös Machen. Es wird nicht besser, wenn Amelie, ein 17-jähriges Mädchen, anfängt schwierige Fragen zu stellen weil sie gefallen an Tobias findet und ihm Unschuldig finden will. Wenn Amelie verschwindet spitzt sich alles zu. "Schneewittchen muss sterben" ist ohne Frage die beste Krimi die ich in diesem Jahr gelesen habe. Sehr empfehlenswert!

  • Azumi
    2019-01-22 16:30

    3,5 estrellasPues me ha gustado mucho. Es un libro del que no se puede contar mucho de la trama por no hacer spoilers pero tiene muchos frentes abiertos y la autora consigue cerrarlos todos estupendamente.He visto que hay como 3 libros más de la misma serie ¿serán tan adictivos como Blancanieves?

  • Rheama
    2019-01-25 22:51

    DNF. Just couldn’t get interested.

  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    2019-02-14 20:32

    Snow White Must Die is the first of Nele Neuhaus's crime novels featuring the police detective team of Oliver von Bodenstein and Pia Kirchoff to the be translated from her native German into English, though the fourth in the bestselling series. A complex and thrilling mystery, Snow White Must Die begins with the release of thirty year old Tobias Sartorius from prison after serving ten years for the murder of two seventeen year old girls. Convicted solely on circumstantial evidence, when the body of one of the young girls is unearthed just days after Tobias's release, Pia begins to question the findings of the original investigation. As she probes the holes in the case, another teenage girl, last seen in the company of Tobias, goes missing and the townspeople is certain Tobias is to blame.For Tobias the return to the community in which he grew up is difficult. He is devastated to discover his parents have divorced, his father's life is in ruins and he quickly becomes targeted by vigilantes within the village. Only Nadia, his childhood best friend, and Amelie, a young stranger in the town, are welcoming. In defiance of the towns vitriol Tobias refuses to leave, determined to first help his father regain his footing and perhaps uncover the truth about the murders of which he was accused. But when Amelie goes missing he is once again the focus of the police investigation and the target of the townspeople.Despite being told to leave the case alone, Pia is bothered by it's inconsistencies, especially when Tobias's mother is thrown from an overpass. It seems likely that the near fatal incident is related to Tobias's return and when the townspeople of Altenhain close ranks against the police, Pia becomes convinced they are hiding more than the identity of the attacker. The multiple twists and turns of the plot are intriguing as the author connects the past and the present. I did think the pacing was a little uneven. After a slow start it begins to pick up but midway the plot loses momentum, adding detail here and there to the story and characters, but not really moving towards a resolution. Yet as the threads finally do begin to unravel, I couldn't put it down.The translation, by Steven T Murray, is a little awkward at times but not unduly so. I have to admit that I was thrown on occasion by the unfamiliarity of German names, especially with such a large cast to keep track of. Snow White Must Die is an elaborate, engrossing crime novel where greed, betrayal, fear and the instinct for self preservation all collide to create a multi-layered story. I really enjoyed it and I hope that Neuhaus's previous novels in the series find their way into the English speaking market soon.

  • Alexandra
    2019-02-13 16:56

    Schnewittchen ist ein sehr guter Krimi, den ich bedauerlicherweise mit 2 Sternen Abzug abstrafen muss.Gekonnt beschreibt die Autorin zu Beginn des Romans diese agressive Dorfatmosphäre, die dem selbstverständlich unschuldig verurteilten und entlassenen Mörder, der seine Strafe abgesessen hat, und seiner Familie entgegenschlägt. Leider beginnt bereits ab S. 99 das schwülstige Liebes- bzw. Sexgeplänkel und die Hinaufstilisierung des unschuldigen Mörders zum Traummann. Was haben die meisten (nicht alle) Krimiautorinnen immer mit dieser Genre Mischung aus Liebesroman und Thriller? Ein Goodreads Freund nannte es "Bauknecht weiß, was Frauen wünschen" und hat damit ironisch voll ins Schwarze getroffen, denn welche moderne Frau hat heutzutage noch eine altmodische Bauknechtküche. Ich nenne es ja eher das Märchenprinzsyndrom, dem viele Autorinnen unterliegen, und das sie auch ihrer weiblichen Klientel diagnostizieren mit den einhergehenden krankhaften Symptomen, Lüsternheit, sexuelle Ausschweifungen, dumm naive Romantik, Gummiknie, und Abschaltung des logischen Denkens.... So ein Blödsinn würde einem männlichen Krimiautor nie einfallen, da sind die männlichen Identifikationsfiguren entweder versoffene kranke ausgebrannte Arschlöcher (Harry Hole, Wallander, Van Veteren...) oder mehlwurmartige Weicheier vom Dienst wie der Brenner und der Metzger. Auf jeden Fall sind sie als Männerpersönlichkeiten weitaus realistischer als diese romantischen Mannskonstrukte ala Märchenprinz, die mit der rosaroten Brille gezeichnet wurden. So jetzt habe ich genug kritisiert und abgestraft und komme zu den Stärken des Romans.Das Geflecht von Verbrechen, Beihilfe und Vertuschung in der eng verwobenen Dorfgemeinde macht den Krimiplot zu einem wirklich spannenden Mörderraten. Ein paar Aspekte hätte ich als Kommissarin zwar aufgedeckt, aber nie mit derart komplexen Amigo-Strukturen gerechnet. Sehr innovativ, spannend und nicht an den Haaren herbeigezogen! Das Böse entpuppt sich vor allem in spießigen langweiligen Dörfern, in denen jeder jedem einen Gefallen schuldet, nach und nach, wächst sich zu atemberaubender Schlechtigkeit aus und endet in einem furiosen Finale aus Schuld. Die Figuren der Autorin sind sehr tief und liebevoll gezeichnet, zusmeist eine Stärke von weiblichen Autorinnen, eben fast zu tief, denn ich will wirklich nicht jedes Sexabenteuer im Detail und jede schmalzig romantische Anwandlung (man könnte es auch Gedanken nennen, wenn das Hirn eine Rolle spielen würde) wissen.Fazit: Wenn man die Sexszenen nur andeuten, das unrealistische Männerbild und das schmalzige Gesülze herausstreichen würde - also alle nicht krimirelevanten Komponenten des Romans beseitigen würde - dann wäre dies für mich ein Krimi, der sich 5 Sterne verdient hätte.

  • Patty
    2019-01-30 15:55

    Snow White Must DiebyNele Neuhaus My "in a nutshell" summary...A ten year old crime comes to the surface again when the convicted man...Tobias... is released from prison and returns to his home.My thoughts after reading this book...OMG...what a fast paced thrill ride this book was. I never tell the story of a mystery. Mysteries are best left for the reader...the guessing, the action, the surprise, the fear...just the sheer joy of discovering who the real bad guy is...such lovely fun! This book began with a question and just sort of took off. There were great characters...tons of characters that you love to hate. There were so many people who were just hateful. The only thing I knew for sure was that Tobias had to be innocent...I was so positive of this but halfway through this book I began to doubt that! Pia and Oliver...chief detectives...are a likeable duo...each with their own issues. Oliver has marriage woes...Pia has house issues. I loved the side stories of their respective relationships.What I loved about this book...I loved it is a big fat juicy mystery. Its pace is fast...its plot amazing...its characters fascinating. I loved Pia and Oliver as a team. Pia is persistent to the point of probably being annoying...but that makes the book ever so good!What I didn't love...The small minded people in this town. The idea that they stuck together and were so mean to Tobias and his father was annoying.Final thoughts...I found this book to be one of the best mysteries I have read in a while. It held my interest. It was a delicious fast paced book.

  • Emmy H. Nathasia
    2019-02-04 16:46

    So good, unexpected! Recommended thriller read!

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-01-22 15:52

    Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff is about to embark on one of the saddest cases she has ever run across. Unaware of tragedies she will unearth, she is called out to view the bones of an unknown individual discovered in an old underground jet fuel tank on a former military airfield at Eschborn, Germany. Her partner and boss, Bodenstein, hasn't been himself lately, and Pia finds herself taking the lead on the case as secrets begin to unravel.Another body, seemingly unrelated to the discovery at the airfield, brings both detectives to the scene of a 7-car collision in Sulzbach, caused by the attempted murder of a woman pushed off of a bridge into traffic. She barely survives with multiple injuries. Tracing her movements back to her car, they learn her name is Rita Cramer. From her apartment and her answering machine, phone numbers lead to Cramer's doctor, her ex-husband, and the small town of Altenhain.Everybody knows everybody in Altenhain. Families have lived there for generations. Almost everybody works on some level for the same man, Claudius Terlinden, owner of half of the town. The town feels fortunate that Terlinden takes care of them all. Especially since Tobias Sartorius has returned on release from prison to his father's Altenhain house. Tobias has finished serving a ten-year term for the murder of two beautiful local girls whose bodies were never found. Despite there being only circumstantial evidence, most people are satisfied that Tobias is the killer, and they are not happy that he has come back. The town decides he will not be permitted forgiveness, although Claudius is oddly supportive of the murderer. Tobias himself, unable to remember what happened that terrible night when the girls disappeared, does not want to be there, but he finds his father has divorced his mother and he has lost his restaurant business because of the disappearances. Tobias begins to restore his father's rundown house to some livability. Several things happen in quick succession: Kirchhoff and Bodenstein inform Tobias that the woman in the hospital who someone had tried to kill is his mother. The skeleton found at the airfield was one of the murdered girls. There is no way he could have driven her there. Acts of vandalism begin to happen to his father's dilapidated home, which soon escalate into more dangerous threats. Four old friends seem to accept him without reservations, but weirdest of all, he has met a newcomer to the town, a waitress, Amelie, who looks exactly like one of the missing girls, with Snow White coloration and beauty....I found 'Snow White Must Die' a little stilted, perhaps because of the translation, but I quickly became accustomed to the occasional awkwardness. It is a police procedural, European style. The fact that this is written by a German author was a cause for great curiosity on my part. I've never read a book written by a German writer that wasn't on a 'Great Books' list, as in the classics author, Thomas Mann. So I was eager to read this on that point alone!Hooray! It was good! Complex, full of twists and turns, a town full of possible suspects and so many motives the reader might need to diagram the possibilities out, it is an interesting read. Alliances and (im)moral influences have been amplified by the usual small town anxieties and unexamined gossip.I think it was very European in that it included a lot of details on the officers' personal family life that one almost never sees in American police procedurals. Here in the USA, fictional cops are usually extremely damaged and depressed, unable to hang onto any relationships for long without causing their loved ones maximum destruction. In European mysteries, cops are supported more by community and friends. There is more formality, but it is an easy going kind of formality. Individualism isn't as pronounced or emphasized as in American detective mysteries. 'Snow White Must Die' is not a cozy, though. There is rape and nightmarish murders, as well as a town full of individuals who are operating more as a lynch mob protecting personal interests rather than honest citizens seeking justice. This is not a book which the reader should set down too long before picking up again, though. The 'red herrings' and variety of characters are numerous and tangled, ensuring confusion if left too long unread. I don't think it is helpful that it is book four in a series, either. Backstory information on the police is compressed and quickly told, although I wasn't lost by the swift review. It works as a standalone.

  • Repix
    2019-02-19 21:41

    Una trama muy bien tejida que te descoloca y hace que sospeches de unos u otros en cada capítulo. Muy recomendable.

  • Josh
    2019-02-17 17:50

    SNOW WHITE MUST DIE is a German crime novel full of complex twists and tangled webs of lies. An eleven year murder resurfaces when the convicted killer is released back into the small town community and a 17yr old goes missing. However, something much more harrowing and sinister is unearthed as Detective Inspector Pia Kirchhoff digs deep into the investigation eleven years earlier and discovers holes in the prosecution. Revisiting the case yields new information and the discovery of a deep seeded plan of corruption and corroboration by townsfolk in high positions directly relating to the murders of Laura and Stefanie. While Bondenstien, Pia’s boss investigates crimes of the present day targeted against Tobias and his family.It’s easily apparent that the two lead detectives have featured in previous books (which I believe have not yet been translated to English) yet Neuhaus writes them so well that their respective back-stories are explained through a drip feed of information throughout the course of the novel meaning the pre-reads aren’t a necessity. While the plot drives SNOW WHITE MUST DIE, it’s the well rounded and beautifully crafted characters that really engross the reader. I was surprised to find myself sympathising with the originally touted killer of Snow White, the convicted Tobias and his family (with whom suffered unjustly for crimes they weren’t privy) and rode the bumpy personal rollercoaster of Bodenstein’s domestic situation and Pia’s struggle to maintain her home despite a rather unfair land ownership mishap. SNOW WHITE MUST DIE contains jaw dropping scenes of cruelty inflicted upon the unjust by perpetrators fuelled by their murderous convictions. The constant shift and change of direction makes it hard to pinpoint who is on the right side of the law. Neuhaus slides her characters around a proverbial chest board to craft this deeply engrossing crime fiction. No one is who they seem to be and I had a great time trying to guess the outcome. I hope more of the German books in this series get translated as not only would they compliment SNOW WHITE MUST DIE (the 4th book in the series – though it reads well as a standalone) but it would also bring new meaning to some of the minor character interactions, notably those within the police force itself. This is one of those books you can’t help but read. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it, and when I was reading it I didn’t want it to end. Few police procedurals have drawn me in like SNOW WHITE MUST DIE. I highly recommend it – 5 stars.

  • Becky
    2019-01-24 17:42

    The title of this book ensured that it had to go on my to-read list, who could resist something as stark as this? I assumed that it was likely to be in the style of some of the Scandi crime novels that have taken over the crime world; and in many ways I was right to make this assumption. Set in small town Germany, in the shadow of the mountains this is a very dark story about a double murder and the lengths the locals go to to ensure that the truth remains hidden. This is the fourth story in the series in the original German, and at times it shows just a little. Some familiarity with the characters of the police involved is implied from time to time. I do understand why publishers release these translated versions out of sequence sometimes but it is still a little annoying when it happens, especially if you don't realise until you've read the whole thing (as happened with Alex by Pierre Lemaitre earlier in the year) Anyway.......... this novel has some wonderfully creepy scenes and some totally deranged characters and manages to pull them together into a really competent whole. One to read.

  • Darlene Quinn
    2019-02-18 17:55

    Excellent story with phenomenal twists. My favorite way to enjoy a story is with a book in my hand, however, I have recently become an avid fan of audio books, finding I am able to enjoy many more books and authors in this manor (while on a walk, in the car, getting dress, and a myriad of mindless tasks) Although the narrator of this novel was very good, he did not clearly indicate changes in chapters or scenes, therefore due to being unfamiliar with German names, audio was not the best choice for me to enjoy this book. However, this was an excellent novel and Nele Neuhaus is an author I would love to follow. Since I do not know German, hopefully some of her other novels will be translated into English.

  • Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
    2019-02-17 15:59

    Sięgając po „Śnieżka musi umrzeć” należy spodziewać się doskonale poprowadzonej akcji, której osią główną jest śledztwo, ale to ludzie są poszczególnymi wątkami. Każdy kto coś ukrywa jest tu elementem układanki, a sekrety mają niemal wszyscy. Całość przypomina mozolne przedzieranie się przez ciemny, mulisty tunel, w którym dopiero z czasem widać przesmyki światła, odkrywające brud osiadły na ścianach. I tylko Śnieżka leży od lat w ciemności, czekając na pocałunek, który uśmierci ją raz na zawsze i pozwoli odejść w zapomnienie.

  • L.A. Starks
    2019-01-27 23:58

    I was very glad to have this book recommended by the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller group of Goodreads. I particularly liked the setting, where Switzerland is next door and Berlin is "the big city."Without giving any spoilers, there was a bit of cliché in the characters and an unbelievable twist at the end--the reason for four stars instead of five--but I look forward to reading other books by Nele Neuhaus. I recommend this as a great "locked-town" mystery in an unusual location.

  • Jacqui
    2019-02-20 15:54

    With "Snow White Must Die" (Minotaur Books 2013), Nele Neuhaus shows the reading world that she can spin a tale steeped in small town politics, local culture, European geography, and that places the reader at the epicenter of a grisly mystery. Does that sound easy? It's not, proven by how many failed authors litter the literary highway. If Neuhaus keeps writing like this, she won't have to worry about failing.This is the tale of a double murder where a high school boy is found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison. While he served his time, the small town that had nurtured and protected him for twenty years drove his parents out of business and treated them as pariah--despite that he never confessed to the crime, didn't remember doing it, and the bodies were never found. The story begins with his return when it becomes clear someone is not only unhappy he is back and afraid of the truths that might still come out. This mystery is a rich interweaving of setting and story. The taste and scent of European village life permeates everything and the characters provide a window on a world most of us will never experience. Although the book nicely wraps readers into the drama of a high school wonder boy who falls from grace, is convicted of murder, and returns home to try to restart his life after paying his societal dues, there were a few bumps along the way: * Despite the sensational name, it doesn't encapsulate the story. Yes, there is a character nicknamed 'Snow White', but she's dead. No one runs through the plot figuring out how to kill her. In fact, the story unravels why she did die. Since publishers name novels, I wonder what Neuhaus originally called this one--Why Did Snow White Die? or Tobias Must Die. Granted, neither of those has the sensationalism of the current title. * I found it hard to believe Tobias would have a second black out just in time for another girl to disappear. When it happened, I figured someone was causing him to black out, but no, it was coincidence. Hmm... The last 25% of the story bogs down in drama that doesn't move the plot forward. I ended up skimming chunks of the late chapters without missing anything. What Neuhaus thought to be tension-building was actually pace-stalling. * the book never ended. Every time it reached a natural conclusion, something else popped up. * Why is it set four years in the past? Is this intended for some reason that isn't explained or did it take four years to get the book from the author's computer to my early-reader hands? If the latter, that's frightening for would-be writers and one measure why publishers have difficulty competing with Indies. These are likely new author issues. What can't be argued is that Neuhaus is a talented, expressive writer who knows how to tell a story and is the reason I gave it four stars. I look forward to more of her work.

  • Larraine
    2019-01-28 15:43

    I must confess that I almost returned this book unread after picking it up from the library. The description sounded lurid. What had made me reserve this book? That's the problem with long term library reserves. You see a book, reserve it from the library, wait patiently for your turn. A couple of months or longer have passed, and you forget why you asked for it to begin with! Well, I'm glad I didn't return it. The book is written by a popular German author, Nele Neuhaus, someone I hadn't heard about before since this is her first book translated into English. I admit to having a special spot in my heart reserved for Germany since I lived there for seven years. I only wish I had learned enough German to read the original. Hopefully, more of Ms. Neuhaus' books will be translated because this is a real page turner. The book opens with Tobias Sartorius returning home to his village of Altenhain after 10 yrs in prison for killing two young women as a "juvenile." His conviction was based on circumstantial evidence since it couldn't be absolutely proven that he had killed them. However, nobody believed that he blacked out after a night of heavy drinking. He comes back to his home village to find that his mother and father are divorced and his father's property has fallen into disrepair. The rest of the village had shunned his parents for years, and someone has sprayed his father's former inn with red spray paint that says "a murderer lives here." Not long after he comes back, another young woman disappears after his former friends embrace him and they have a night of heavy drinking together. The author also intertwines the personal lives of the squad in the story. There's Pia who is living with a wonderful man after a disappointing first marriage. Her boss is a member of the upper classes - hence the "von" in front of his first name. However, the power and the money in his life come from his wife, a filmmaker. Meanwhile, the residents of Altenhain know a lot more than they let on as they maintain a "Sicilian code" of silence. There are, as one expects from a book like this, a lot of twists and turns until the shocking and surprising ending.

  • Helensvale Library
    2019-02-13 22:36

    This amazing novel begins with a question and takes off with a vengeance. I found it on the library's Hot Reads stand and after reading the back cover blurb I just had to read it. Snow white must die is a thriller, a mystery and was a violent and heart wrenching experience for me. Oh but I am so happy to have read it as I really enjoyed the power of the writing - how it frightened me and how it kept me thinking about the characters even when I had to stop reading to do other things. I couldn't keep away for long and I spent most of the weekend buried deep in its pages :-)It begins with Tobias' release from jail after serving a ten-year sentence for murder, a murder that he was convicted of but possibly didn’t actually commit? The question of innocence and guilt is a continuing topic throughout the story. His release triggers some evil forces in his home town as the residents are outraged about his freedom and also are very distrustful of him. Only his childhood best friend and a young girl new to the town treat him with a bit of compassion. It is this humanity that could prove deadly for the young girl?The situation turns even uglier when the young girl vanishes without a trace AND the body of one of the girls Tobias was convicted of killing is found. This prompts a renewed investigation into the original murder case and a full fledge effort into finding the missing girl. A unique pair of police investigators make the cases their priority and they work well together, each has personal baggage which they bring to work and this helps to lighten the mood.The descriptive writing will draw you in to the lies, the greed, the violence, the murderous conspiracy theories and ultimately into the path to justice. The constant change in direction makes it a challenge to pinpoint the right side of the law and I found I was continuously doubting myself and changing my mind. There are a number of twists and turns as the author connects the past with the present. It is a read for the thrill seeker and I recommend it to readers who don't mind some violence scenes.

  • Nadine
    2019-02-20 22:56

    Schneewittchen muss sterben war mein erstes Nele Neuhaus Buch. Das Label "Taunus-Krimi" hatte mich immer abgeschreckt.Nachdem er 10 Jahre im Gefängnis gesessen hatte, ohne sich an den Doppelmord, der ihm zur Last gelegt wurde erinnern zu können, kehrt Tobias in sein Heimatdorf zurück, wo er alles andere als mit offenen Armen empfangen wird. Bodenstein und Pia ermitteln, nachdem eine der Leichen gefunden wird, wobei beide auch private Sorgen zu meistern habe. Bodensteins Frau scheint ihn zu betrügen und Pia erhält schlechte Neuigkeiten bezüglich des geplanten Anbaus ihres Hofes. Sie ermitteln innerhalb der eingeschworenen Dorfgemeinschaft, die allerhand zu verbergen hat, Tobias aber sehr entschieden verurteilt. Immer mehr Details des Mordabends vor 11 Jahren kommen ans Licht.Das Buch war sehr spannend geschrieben und auch recht action-reich. Allerdings fand ich die diversen Auflösungen zu verwickelt. Ich habe zwar soweit alles verstanden, aber wenn ich in 2 Wochen noch einmal zusammenfassen sollte, wer was getan hat und warum, wäre ich aufgeschmissen. Irgendwie gab es auch zu viele Schuldige. Naja, besser, als wenn die Auflösung zu simpel wäre und es nur einen Universalschuldigen für alles gibt... Trotzdem ein klasse Krimi. Die Balance zwischen Privatleben und Beruf der Ermittler fand ich sehr gelungen, nicht zu viel Privates, aber eben genug, um ihnen etwas Hintergrund zu geben.

  • Marta Serrano
    2019-02-03 20:45

    No conocía nada de esta escritora y fue gracias a la recomendación de La Sombra que me decidí a comprarlo. Y me encantó, tanto que aun estando de viaje devoré sus más de 400 páginas en dos días. Y es que Nele Neuhaus teje una historia de intrigas que mezclan pasado y presente, un tema muy manido pero del que ella consigue sacar muy buenos frutos. Parte de una premisa que parece irrefutable: la salida de un asesino condenado de la cárcel tras 10 años en prisión. Y hasta aquí puedo contar.Consigue enganchar, es una muy buena novela negra, a la altura de los maestros actuales de la misma, como Philip Kerr o Henning Mankell. Me quedé con ganas de leer más libros de los comisarios Pia Kirchhoff y Oliver von Bodenstein, aunque ya me han avisado de que lo que hay publicado en castellano es más flojo que este Blancanieves. Lo tendremos que comprobar.