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Snow White Must Die (Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #4)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  5,394 ratings  ·  834 reviews
A tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than2.5 million copies in print

On a rainy November day policedetectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A womanhas fallenfrom a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath.According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed.
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Dan Hurwitz
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
Tanja Berg
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
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
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
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
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
Darlene Quinn
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
Helensvale Library
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
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
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
L.A. Starks
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.
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
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
Patricia Locati
Fantastic Read!!! I'm not sure why I'm so attracted to European authors (i.e. Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Bareclona author, Stieg Larrson – Swedish author) ... and this book is written by a German author – Nele Neuhaus. At the beginning of any foreign book, it's difficult to remember place names and the names of the characters and how they are related to each other ... because the names are so foreign ... but once I get them in my head ... I'm soooo good to go. The name of this book cracks me up – "Snow ...more
Special thanks goes to my friend Barb for recommending this book, which was one of the Amazon Best Books of the Month for January 2013. Translated from the original German by Steven T. Murray, the book is the fourth in a series of six featuring police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein. I could be wrong, but I believe only one other has been translated - Bad Wolf, the sixth in the series - which based on how much I enjoyed this one, is on my to-read list as well.

This one begins
Diane S.
The murder of two girls, a young man who may not be guilty is released after spending 10 yrs. in jail.
This German crime novel is a complex thriller, without all the gore that usually accompanies these. A one time or another I thought almost everyone in this novel was guilty of something. The tone is sinister, as is this village. A good read and series for mystery lovers of psychologically complex thrillers.
Amie Devero
I'm listening to this on Audible -- and am absolutely riveted; sitting in grocery store parking lots waiting to get to a point where I can bear to take a break. I haven't been this enraptured by a book since Dragon Tattoo...
Story: C
Narration: B+

The Plot:

Tobias (Tobi) Sartorius was sent to prison for the murder of two girls the summer after he graduated from high school. The case against him was circumstantial since the bodies were never found. After ten years he’s been released and returns to his hometown to find his childhood home in disarray, his father’s restaurant shut down, his parents divorced, and he and his family facing boundless hostility from the townsfolk in Altenhain. When his mother is assaulted and a
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

Nach der Verbüßung einer zehnjährigen Haftstrafe kehrt der inzwischen dreißigjährige Tobias Sartorius in sein Heimatdorf im Taunus zurück. Der Haß der Dorfgemeinschaft schlägt ihm entgegen und hat sich zwischenzeitlich auch auf seine Eltern ausgeweitet - immerhin soll er damals im September 1997 zwei seiner Mitschülerinnen brutal erschlagen und deren Leichen versteckt haben. Oder doch nicht?

Dies ist das vierte Buch aus Neuhaus' Bodenstein/Kirchhoff-Reihe, allerdings auch das erste welches ich ge
Christine B.
Well, there are aspects of this book that are engaging, but it's a mess.

First, it's a series (which I didn't realize) so there's way too much side stuff about the two main cops, Bodenstein & Kirchhoff, that I didn't care about. The book is, overall, filled with tangents. The tangents aren't horrible, but they detract from the main plot.

Second, this book has almost NO likeable characters. Almost everyone is a monster. Even the few characters who aren't monsters make the most annoying and rid
Tobias Sartorius hat zehn Jahre lang wegen Mordes an zwei Mädchen im Gefängnis gesessen. Nun wird er entlassen und kehrt in sein Heimatdorf zurück. Dort wird er gleich von beinahe sämtlichen Bewohnern angefeindet – den Mädchenmörder will man in Altenhain nicht mehr haben. Tobias selbst kann sich an die Geschehnisse jener Nacht vor 11 Jahren nicht erinnern und weiß selbst nicht, ob er die beiden Mädchen wirklich getötet hat. Dann wird Tobias’ Mutter Opfer einer Gewalttat – und ein weiteres Mädche ...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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