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Die Schlangengrube: Kriminalroman

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  915 Ratings  ·  261 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
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Published 2009 by Knaur-Taschenbuch-Verl. (first published December 18th 2007)
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Ann
Aug 04, 2013 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Angie
Jan 28, 2009 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jodi
Feb 04, 2015 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 "
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Callie
Feb 15, 2009 Callie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lindsay
Nov 25, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a different mystery than I typically read, but I really enjoyed it! Considering the subject matter it was light and quick to read.
Peggy
May 16, 2009 Peggy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Suburban neighborhood in Greenwich, Conn..........the women in this neighbornood have a mystery book club somewhat controlled by Priscilla. Two of the women go for a walk a discover the body of one of the book club members hanging from a tree. They go on to try to prove this was murder and not suicide but uncover all kinds of secrets among the book club members (and their husbands). All kind of affairs and liasons. I'd say the book was a waste of my time to read.
CLM
Oct 06, 2014 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elizabeth K.
Aug 05, 2009 Elizabeth K. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-new-reads
This is like a Desperate Housewives murder mystery. I wanted to like the premise -- the members of a mystery novel book club need to solve the murder when one of them is found hanging from a tree in her front yard -- but it was challenging when the characters were both unlikeable and hard to believe. There were a few editorial errors that had me clawing my eyes out as well, which added distraction.
Alisa
May 18, 2010 Alisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readers-choice
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Marvelle Morgan
Mar 06, 2009 Marvelle Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A stupid murder mystery with twists and turns. It reads much more like a soap opera than a mystery. Everyone is having affairs. The characters are shallow, vapid, and unlikable. It was difficult to like any of them. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Megan Gery
Aug 02, 2015 Megan Gery rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the worst books I've ever read. The characters are stiff and stereotypical. Not a single one is believable. There are a billion relationships, but I only liked one. There's almost no setting, and the basic plot is decent, but waaaaaaaaaaaaay drawn out. And I can't stand Morgenroths's writing style. She likes to move the plot forward with dialogue, which is great, but then she feels the need to narrate important plot points again, even though he ...more
Laura
Sep 29, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very quick read. A mystery novel about women living in the suburbs. I read it in two days. A page turner!
Kori
Mar 06, 2008 Kori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If James Patterson wrote an episode of Desperate Housewives, it would be this book.
Sarah
I'm not sure I have ever read a worse book in my life. TERRIBLE. Don't waste your time.
Toni Osborne
Feb 08, 2009 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Talleyfamily6
Feb 05, 2011 Talleyfamily6 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca Trujillo Batty
May 03, 2009 Rebecca Trujillo Batty rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jul 07, 2010 Julie Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Roxy
Aug 09, 2008 Roxy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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
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Cindy Lim
Jun 07, 2010 Cindy Lim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Robert
Apr 09, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sally
Dec 31, 2008 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brendan
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.
Christa
Jun 03, 2008 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksfree-com
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
Amanda
Aug 02, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2010 Coral Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, own
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
Patricia
Jan 17, 2016 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun fast read. Reading the other reviews about it, I think you either hated it or liked it...depending on your reason for reading it. I read it because someone in my book club picked it to read and I liked it because I think we will all enjoy talking about the different characters in their book club!
Princess
Mar 26, 2009 Princess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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