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Snow White Must Die (Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #4)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  7,320 Ratings  ·  1,022 Reviews
Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 3.5 million copies in print!

On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Dan Hurwitz
Mar 09, 2013 Dan Hurwitz rated it did not like it
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.

Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 23, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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
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’
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 th
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 t ...more
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Αγωνία, ανατροπές, μυστήριο .... 3 αστεράκια άνετα...
Armin Hennig
Als Soap durchaus befriedigend, als Krimi allzu repetitiv und klischeehaft

Teil 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 leb
Oct 07, 2014 Marian rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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 child ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 29, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Tanja Berg
Aug 02, 2011 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
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 ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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
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
Sep 12, 2014 F.R. rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Patty rated it it was amazing
Snow White Must Die
Nele 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 b
aPriL does feral sometimes
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 t
Dec 28, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, crime, read_2013
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 seede ...more
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 ...more
Darlene Quinn
Jan 20, 2013 Darlene Quinn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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 f ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
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 ...more
L.A. Starks
May 10, 2014 L.A. Starks rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 09, 2012 Jacqui rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
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 sentenc
Aug 05, 2013 Larraine rated it it was amazing
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
Helensvale Library
Jan 24, 2013 Helensvale Library rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sam, mystery
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 k ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 betrü
May 06, 2016 Kajsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
That was a real page-turner!
Mr. Gottshalk
Mar 06, 2017 Mr. Gottshalk rated it liked it
I jumped in to this series with book #4 in the popular German duo-detective series of Pia Kirchoff and Oliver Bodenstein not knowing what to expect. As a mystery, the characters were many, colorful, all flawed - which is great. The setting in Hessen (northern Germany): pretty cold, although I can't really relate to northern Germany. The plot: OK. Sometimes I was compelled to keep reading, and other times I thought: when does this end?
One big complaint I have is the text itself. There is way too
Steven Z.
Mar 29, 2016 Steven Z. rated it it was amazing
In the fall of 1997 two young girls are murdered in the small German village of Altenhain. Eleven years later the convicted murderer, Tobias Sartorius, is released from prison and returns home. During his absence many things have changed, but not the hatred for Sartorius, and villagers are up in arms that he has resurfaced, and many seek revenge. We also learn that bones and a human skull have been located inside a fuel tank found at a construction site where workers were demolishing a former mi ...more
This book opens slowly, with an abundance of perspective - it’s difficult to even pin down one main character with the shifting point-of-view nearly equally between an ex-con, a seventeen year old waitress and two separate police officers. Unfortunately, as the plot moves and the pacing begins to pick up, it becomes more and more clear that for some sadistic reason, the publishers have chosen to start the English translation publication of Neuhaus’s acclaimed Bodenstein and Kirchoff series midwa ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
When Stieg Larsson wrote "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" the literary world was taken by storm. That novel, and its two sequels, introduced one of fiction's most intriguing characters, Lisbeth Salander, and world clamored for more. But unfortunately Larsson passed away before any more Salander novels could be written. Now comes Nele Neuhaus, author of "Snow White Must Die," and Larsson lovers can rest easy. This book is every bit as gripping and suspenseful as Larsson's, with the same "Europea ...more
Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 16, 2014 Geraldine O'Hagan rated it it was ok
Far too long for such a basic story. Two interchangeable teenage girls disappear. Since we know little about them other than one looked like Snow White and one didn't, it's hard to be too upset. Local Golden Boy Tobias Sartorius is imprisoned for the crimes, and therefore obviously didn't commit them. After an 11-year pause for plot development he is released. Then there are some more murders/disappearances. Policeman whose wife is cheating on him and Policewoman who has problems with building p ...more
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... geboren in Münster / Westfalen und aufgewachsen in Paderborn, lebt seit ihrer Kindheit im Taunus und schreibt bereits ebenso lange. Sie arbeitete in einer Werbeagentur, studierte einige Semester Jura, Geschichte und Germanistik, bis sie nach ihrer Heirat ihren Mann im familieneigenen Betrieb unterstützte.

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