A Trace of Smoke (Hannah Vogel #1)
This is a great historical mystery. I especially liked the contrasts between the s...more
Cantrell’s book is a venture into a genre blending of mystery and historical fiction – a blend I find near irresistible. In a word, the author has taken up where CABARET left off. Historically, we see a Germ...more
Hannah's friend Fritz Waldheim is the policeman on duty, though, so she tries not to show it....more
Hannah Vogel, Anton, Boris and especially Ernst are captivating characters, memorable and lasting. I read every word of this debut novel as I didn't want to rush or miss a single detail.
In A Trace of Smoke, Hannah Vogel investigates the murder of her beloved younger brother, Ernst. In the process, she finds herself caught up in the deadly drama of Berlin's gay and...more
Berlin in 1931 was a dangerous place, a city in transition. In the 1920s, as Germany's economy began to stabilize, a permissive and vibrant cultural scene had flourished, but as Hitler and the Nazi party became more visible and powerful, there was a retrenchment of "traditional" German values of home and hearth.
A Trace of Smoke takes place during this time of fluid identities and cultural conflict. It is a noir mystery with unexpected depth.
Rebecca Vogel is a crime reporter for a conservative ne...more
It's a well-researched, fast moving tale set against the backdrop of pre-WWII Germany. Cantrell does a great job of detailing daily life during the Nazi's rise to power, the fear and hardship that was felt by all but the most wealthy of German citizens. She also deals with the difficult subject of homosexuality and the hypocrisy surrounding it under Hitler's regime with great tact and subtlety. The plo...more
When Hannah recognizes her brother’s photograph on display in the Hall of The Unnamed Dead in the basement of the Berlin police station, she is...more
In A Trace of Smoke, Rebecca Cantrell uses a slightly earlier period of 1931 Berlin as...more
Set in 1931 Berlin A Trace of Smoke is a skillfully written mystery/thriller with a literary sensibility. I was hooked on the first page. This richly de...more
For the time Hannah was an unusual woman, she did what she wanted and ended up taking on some powerful men. I wasn't sure how she could stay ahead of them, but she did, sometimes just barely. The way that things were so intertwined I had a hard time trying to guess what was going to happen and who the bad guy was.
Anton managed to ch...more