Looking back: June 2012

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Bernie Gunther, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Historical, memes

June was another successful reading month, and although I could not call it an enjoyable read Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr was my pick of the month. A clever blend of the classic locked room and country house mystery was used as a contrast to the brutality and barbarity of the Nazi regime. An eighth outing for Bernie Gunther, a flawed hero chasing a murderer among mass murderers.

 

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  1. Mrs P. says:

    I have Prague Fatale on my Kindle and am intrigued to read it following your review. I’ve had a bit of an up and down relationship with this series – I loved the initial trilogy, but became a little frustrated by some that followed – but know that I’ll keep reading them, just to see where Kerr takes Bernie next. The ‘Nazi country house mystery’ sounds pretty audacious and shall read with interest to see if Kerr/Bernie pull it off! Thanks for the great review, and best from Mrs. P. 🙂

  2. Norman – So glad you enjoyed it! It’s good to hear that it keeps that very strong series going well. I confess I’ve not yet read it, but like Mrs. P I’m anxious to find out what’s in store for Bernie Gunther.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m not going to argue with that, Norman. I loved this book.

  4. Norman Price says:

    Thanks for your comments, Mrs P, Margot and Sarah. I think Prague Fatale was a better less confused novel than its predecessor, Field Grey. But if there are more than one back story in a book I forget what is going on in the main theme. 😉 Prague Fatale was a well constructed book and the country house mystery was certainly a fine tribute to the golden age of detective stories.

  5. kathy d. says:

    Maybe someday I can read crime fiction with Nazis in the mix, but thus far, not. If I could do that, your review certainly makes this book sound quite interesting, especially the tease of “locked-room” and “country house mystery.”
    Right now, I’ll gladly read your and other bloggers’ reviews.

  6. Maxine says:

    I must read a Philip Kerr one day…….(I know I keep writing that)…….

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