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Die Schlangengrube: Kriminalroman

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  803 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Secrets lurk under the smooth surface of a wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, until a murder reveals all

Sofie and her husband have left Manhattan in search of a more tranquil life in the suburbs. But when a member of Sofie?s new neighborhood book club turns up dead, things get messy. She discovers that everybody has something to hide, including her own husband. Her neighb...more
Published 2009 by Knaur-Taschenbuch-Verl. (first published December 18th 2007)
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I really liked this book. I'm not a big fan of reading the synopsis before I start a book, so I generally go into a novel with a clean slate. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of reading the back of the book shortly after I started reading. I wish I hadn't. It spoiled a bit of the fun for me... so, if you want to read this book, trust me when I say to just read it and ignore what people are saying. I think the story will be better if you don't know quite what you're in for.

I loved the quote "boo...more
I really loved this mystery. It was so different from the typical mysteries I've read from Harlan Coben, James Patterson, and Dean Koontz. This book is rather soap-opera-ish with high class privileged women in a book group when they discover one of their book group members has been killed. They then set out to solve the mystery themselves. It was full of twists and turns that kept me guessing and unable to put the book down.

I loved almost everything about this book except for the fact that the "...more
Well I was introduced to this book being told it was Agatha Christie meets Desperate Housewives. I have to say it was WAY more of the latter than the former. Also, I am a fan of Agatha Christie and when in the book, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was mentioned, it was like telling me exactly how this book was going to end. And I was right.
It also gets a two for poor writing: I have never seen a book start SO many sentances with the words And or But. Wow. Also, while the ending was most likely suppo...more
When Sofie's husband persuades her to leave Manhattan for a life in the Connecticut suburbs, she does not expect the biggest excitement to come when one of the women in her book group is murdered!

This is a delicious book, which started out a little slowly but gained in complexity as it continued, with a very clever ending. I had read the author's YA novels, and enjoyed them, but this I couldn't wait to recommend.
This is a very quick read. A mystery novel about women living in the suburbs. I read it in two days. A page turner!
If James Patterson wrote an episode of Desperate Housewives, it would be this book.
Toni Osborne
Sofie and her husband moved to Greenwich a wealthy Connecticut neighbourhood in search of a more tranquil life in the suburbs. When Julia a member of Sofie's book club is found dead, things get messy. There are four other women in the group all married with lives that are not exactly the way they appear, everyone has a secret...For diverse reasons the members of the group decide to try their hand at solving the murder....What will they uncover....

This book explores the knowledge of how well you...more
I surprised myself by liking this book. It's not the type of book I like - everyone is a Stepford wife and unhappy marriages unbound with no survivors. Having said that though, it was a mystery and as mysteries go this one was great. Up until the last page you weren't sure how it would turn out. You think you know, then something is revealed and you aren't so sure. Another revelation and it changes again. I did have the final suspect figured out but wasn't sure how it happened and after I read t...more
Michael Jenkins
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Rebecca Trujillo Batty
May 03, 2009 Rebecca Trujillo Batty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: SLCLS reader's choice
Book clubs, murder, desperate housewives, know it all detectives and a new twist around almost every corner....this book had me from the start! We have Sofie, our main character, who has worked at a mystery book store a big share of her life. In the beginning, she loses her dad and finds a supportive husband, Dean, who a short time later suggests his brilliant idea of moving from their Manhattan apartment to Wisteria Lane, ok, not really, but it isn't that far off, imo! They sell their apartment...more
Julie Davis
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This is the story of Sofie, and her husband Dean's move from NY to upperclass, snooty-city Greenwich, CT. After the death of Sofie's father the couple decides to "get away from it all" and retreat to the country. Here the meet the other ridiculously rich couples in their neighbor and Sofie joins the Mystery Book Club. And some time after, a mystery falls in their lap.

The charachters are entertaining. You don't want to like the woman because they are so damn rich that they don't even work! no, th...more
Cindy Lim
Truthfully, I expected a love romantic story of a couple going through hard times but was able to pull it through with their lasting strong love. I mean, because the title is called “They did it with Love”. I assumed two people so deeply in love would overcome difficulties that came into their lives. It was not even in the back of my head to expect a mysterious murder scene within the neighborhood of the richest suburbs of Connecticut.
At first, it was very difficult for me to keep up with who t...more
I was attracted to this book by its cover (a red stiletto-heeled shoe lying forlorn in a leafy lane, but the proverb about not judging a book by its cover was right. The story starts out promising : Sofie, now a well-to-do woman after the death of her bullying father, is convinced by her charming husband to leave Manhattan for upscale Greenwich, Connecticut. Through a mystery book club, she meets a handful of other wives of Master-of-the-Universe types. Then one of the women, the beautiful but n...more
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I loved this book!! I was not expecting to like it nearly as much as I did (I received it as a gift), but it was really wonderful. I was expecting a cheesey murder mystery, really over the top, but that is not at all what it turned out to be. It was very well written- good prose. It reminded me of Desperate Housewives in that it is about a group of women living a privilidged life in the suburbs of Connecticut. The women have a book club in which they read mysteries (an interesting level built in...more
This book is a highly enjoyable valentine to mysteries. Morgenroth has basically written a modern-day Agatha Christie novel, using Christie's tropes and character archetypes to create a twisty tale of murder and deception. The book club setting lends itself to a lot of self-commentary, with the very books the group is reading lending clues to the nefarious goings-ons. My only complaints are that the characters are pretty thinly drawn and there are some clunky bits (a lawyer lecturing about Occam...more
Cindy S
Intriguing mystery set in the affluent town of Greenwich, CT. They mystery book club is faced with the death (suicide or murder?) of a new member. Suddenly, secrets come crawling out of the walls and nothing is at it appears. The cast of characters, and their husbands, are all hiding something. A surprise twist at the end makes this a good read.
In this mystery, Sofie and her husband, Dean, move out of the city to Greenwich, Connecticut after a substantial inheritance from Sofie's father. Sofie feels cut adrift from her former life in the city which included a part time job in a bookstore. She is an avid reader of mysteries, and she joins a mystery book club group in her neighborhood. Months later, Sofie and another book club member find the body of a third book club member hanging from a tree in the neighborhood. Suspicion quickly come...more
This is one wierd mystery. Sophie is an intuitive mystery buff who moves from NYC to somewhere in Connecticut where apparently everybody is richRICHrich, crazy, pushy and (mostly) bitchy. That's the women. The men are bringing home the expensive smoke cured bacon, doing business in the city and having affairs. The bored wives have a mystery bookclub that uber-bossy Priscilla runs like a suburban Stalin in her ice-white living room that you aren't allowed to wear street shoes in. Thus, all the ot...more
Coral Rose
This was a quick read, a book I couldn’t put down. Sofie and her husband move out of the city to the suburbs, where she joins a mystery book club full of women who are as different as can be, and then ends up embroiled in her own mystery when one of the book club ladies is murdered. I feel like I should say that I really enjoyed reading this book, but I have two caveats. First, apparently it is impossible to live in the suburbs and have both spouses remain faithful. Have I mentioned that infidel...more
I haven't read a mystery in a long time. This is a great mystery story. It centers around the members of a book club--a mystery only book club. One of the members turns up dead and the others decide to help the police solve the crime. They actually uncover clues that the police miss at first.

One of my favorite elements of this book is the chapter titles. The book focuses on members of the club and their spouses and the chapter titles reflect on who each chapter is about (Dean, Sophie & Pris...more
It's the Real Housewives meet Agatha Christie in this mystery novel set in a quiet Greenwich neighborhood. Sofie and her husband Dean move to Greenwich from NYC, after the death of her father, who left them (her) quite a bit of money. Sofie is sad to leave her dream part-time job at a mystery book store and is thrilled to learn the neighborhood bookgroup, steered by Priscilla, is devoted to mysteries. Aptly enough, the group, comprised of Priscilla, homebody Susan, second wife Ashley and prickly...more
It wasn't very good, a rather silly story, but it did keep me turning pages because i had no idea who did what. Sophi and her husband Dan move from the noise of the city to a small Connecut "Payton Place." The social center is a mystery book club run by Priscilla - the bitch. People need to be invited to the club. Sophi is invited. The book club is simply the setting for who is sleeping with whom. Very desperate housewives. When Julia turns up murdered the book turns to solving the mystery. The...more
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This is a murder mystery (the title is a homage to Agatha Christie's THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS) set in a Connecticut suburb. The would-be sleuths are members of a mystery book club currently reading--you guessed it--Agatha Christie. One of their members ends up dead and there is no shortage of suspects. It's kind of like DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES crossed with, oh, LAW & ORDER (there are a couple of real detectives trying to solve the case as well).

The mystery is good and made me turn the pages fast...more
May 29, 2014 Janelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: book-club
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Dark before 'dark' was a genre. Read years ago.
Nothing smexy here, just an evil little tale set in Stepford-land where you will ADORE the bad guys before *and* after you realize they are even bad.
Makes Desperate Housewives (tv series) look pretty tame.. and yeah, makes you never want to move to the suburbs of Connecticut....apparently there are a lot of wacko folks living there.
May 16, 2013 Pam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book club
Rather fun little mystery; fast read. It got a little long in the end; was ready for it to be solved since I thought I had figured out most of it. Like the way it was set up; we met all the couples and it was rather like "Desperate Housewives"; kept envisioning the TV program as I read.
Women's mystery book club in an affluent neighborhood; murder happens part way through and the rest of the novel is the attempt to solve it. As it went along, enough clues were dropped that I could begin to solve...more
G.P. Ching
If you want a fun, entertaining read with enough twists and turns to keep you up late into the night turning pages, this book is for you. Don't read it if you are in the mood for a deep character study or an eloquently written literary novel. Kate Morgenroth stays true to the mystery genre with an intricately plotted who-done-it. Her characters are well-developed although not overly complex and the world she creates is a believable exaggeration of a neighborhood you might know. Throughout this m...more
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