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A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel Novels Book 3)
A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel Novels Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, talented writing!, 5 Sept. 2013
Rebecca Cantrell has outdone herself (no small accomplishment) in this, her third, Hannah Vogel mystery. I love the setting of historical Berlin so strongly brought to life, and the breathless suspense of the story.

Hannah has re-entered Hitler's Germany to engage in a hazardous game: carrying Nazi secrets to the British. Bearing an assumed name, she attends the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games as a reporter. There in the stands, her long-time writing mentor dies in her arms; the first in a chain of deaths and dangers. As if being in Berlin, where she is wanted by the Nazis, is not peril enough, she can't know if her partner in espionage is her best friend or worst enemy. Regardless of the risk, she is determined to learn what her anti-Nazi mentor died for, and all she has to go on is cryptic writing in his notebook, and her tough, independent nature. Lethal developments come in small packages, and everyone holds a secret. A Game of Lies is a MUST READ!


Place of Refuge (An Emma King Mystery)
Place of Refuge (An Emma King Mystery)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sense of place! Great sense of doom!, 23 May 2013
In ancient Hawaii, break the Kapu, or sacred laws, and you were dead. Your only hope to keep breathing was to flee to a puuhonua, a place of refuge. If you made it your transgression could be absolved by ceremony and you could rejoin society. In Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, the most famous of those puuhonua has been restored and preserved as an impressive and meaningful National Park.

When Emma King accompanies her scientist boyfriend there to help him conduct endangered bat studies, she expects to relish the serenity of the lush setting and enjoy Jake's company. But when night falls, the magic quickly turns to mayhem and the sanctuary becomes a trap. As one murder follows another, Emma and Jake flee a sinister stalker with little hope of escape. A great read with a surprising and satisfying conclusion.


A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel)
A Night of Long Knives (Hannah Vogel)

5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Hearts in a Dark Time, 9 May 2013
After reading TRACE OF SMOKE, Rebecca Cantrell's first novel in her Hannah Vogel series, I was completely hooked. Her depiction of 1930's Germany through the eyes and actions of crime reporter Hannah is suspenseful and emotionally compelling. A NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES ratchets the stakes even higher.

Germany is the last place Hannah wants to be after 3 years on the run, but it is no coincidence that the zeppelin taking her and her foster son, Anton, to Zurich, Switzerland veers off course and lands just over the border in Germany. She is wanted by powerful storm trouper, Ernst Röhm, who fathered Anton to quash rumors of his homosexuality. To Röhm, her rescue of the boy is kidnapping. She is could lose the boy and her life.

In the chaos of Hitler mercilessly slaughtering his political opponents and former friends to gain control of the Nazi party, Hannah escapes but Anton does not. She fights to get out the story of a thousand grieving mothers, while tracing the fading trail of her own son.

THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES is a terrifying tale that twists and turns to a surprising conclusion. But in her all-too-real-depiction of dark hearts in a dark time, Cantrell always shines a beacon of hope, showing us what just one courageous and determined person can do to fight evil.


A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel Novels)
A Game of Lies (Hannah Vogel Novels)
by Rebecca Cantrell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary talented writing, terrific story!, 9 May 2013
Rebecca Cantrell has outdone herself (no small accomplishment) in this, her third, Hannah Vogel mystery. I love the setting of historical Berlin so strongly brought to life, and the breathless suspense of the story.

Hannah has re-entered Hitler's Germany to engage in a hazardous game: carrying Nazi secrets to the British. Bearing an assumed name, she attends the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games as a reporter. There in the stands, her long-time writing mentor dies in her arms; the first in a chain of deaths and dangers. As if being in Berlin, where she is wanted by the Nazis, is not peril enough, she can't know if her partner in espionage is her best friend or worst enemy. Regardless of the risk, she is determined to learn what her anti-Nazi mentor died for, and all she has to go on is cryptic writing in his notebook, and her tough, independent nature. Lethal developments come in small packages, and everyone holds a secret. A Game of Lies is a MUST READ!


A Trace of Smoke (Hannah Vogel Novels)
A Trace of Smoke (Hannah Vogel Novels)
by Rebecca Cantrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Adventure, 22 April 2013
Readers of historical mysteries have a phenomenal adventure ahead of them when they pick up Trace of Smoke, the first book in Rebecca Cantrell's fine Hannah Vogel series. I found myself transported to (and by) the world of 1931 Berlin. The boots of facism threaten to trample the flowering of science, art, cinema, medicine, philosophy that followed the Great War, and Germany accelerates toward the brink of darkness. Cantrell immerses me in the everyday realities of Hannah's life and losses as her city fragments into desperation, decadence, and danger. During Hannah's routine check of police files for stories she can pen as crime writer Peter Weil, she sees a new photo on the Wall of the Unnamed Dead that changes her life. It is the nude body of her murdered brother, a popular transvestite with a vamp's voice, a singer at the notorious gay bar, El Dorado.

Because Hannah and her brother loaned their identification papers to Jewish friends fleeing to America, Hannah cannot engage the police to solve the mystery of his murder. But, her quiet courage and steel self-control--cultured to endure her childhood and to teach her bother how to survive their father--are weapons she can use in her fight for the truth. A new relationship with a handsome, stable, and well-off banker complicates her mission, as well as the arrival on her doorstep of an orphaned waif who stoutly maintains she is his mother. Though the claim is ridiculous and the boy endearing, what is she to do with him? As her search to find her brother's killer takes her nearer and nearer to the core of the Nazi regime, she finds the boy is in peril, and she must risk everything she has and is to save him.


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