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A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
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Feb 07, 10

Read in February, 2010

I was intrigued enough by the cover of this book to pick it up off the shelf (another reason bookstores should 'face-out' as many titles as possible at all times) and requested it from the library. It's a fairly engaging read, but 'character' doesn't seem to be the author's forte - I'm really having trouble remembering who's who (particularly in a crucial confrontation scene), and as others have mentioned, the story is kind of muddled. Also, the problem with books having a period setting such as this one does (1931 Berlin) is that, historically, there can't really be any surprises or suspense - we know what Hitler and the Nazi's did after gaining power in the early 1930s (and anyone who doesn't, should!) Not surprisingly, it's the first of a series, of course (the paperback reprint states "A Hannah Vogel Novel" on its front cover, which the hardcover doesn't), but I don't think the second one, scheduled for late spring, will by on my TBR list.

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