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(Beatrice Kaspary #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,340 ratings  ·  505 reviews
In de vroege ochtendmist wordt in een weiland het lichaam van een vrouw gevonden. Ze is vermoord, en op haar voetzolen zijn coördinaten getatoeëerd. Bij die aangegeven plek wordt een andere macabere vondst gedaan: een in plastic verpakte hand en een raadsel met nieuwe coördinaten. Rechercheur Beatrice Kaspary en haar collega Florin Wenninger krijgen de opdracht op zoek te ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Cargo (first published 2012)
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Grace Yes Ursula Archer has written 3 other books that feature Beatrice Kaspary. The other 3 books are: Blinde Vögel (Beatrice Kaspary #2) Stimmen (Beatrice…moreYes Ursula Archer has written 3 other books that feature Beatrice Kaspary. The other 3 books are: Blinde Vögel (Beatrice Kaspary #2) Stimmen (Beatrice Kaspary #3) and Schatten. (Beatrice Kaspary #4). Though I have yet to find out if the other 3 books have been translated to English. I hope this helped! TFTH ( a little book humor for you )(less)
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Diane S ☔
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One would think after all the mystery books I have read that I could figure out the who before the big reveal, but apparently not. Which goes to the author's credit especially since this is her first mystery and it is a good one.

A puzzle within a puzzle, clues found by geocacheing, which in the states we call letter boxing. It is a lot of fun, two good friends and mine did this for a couple of years and it was a blast. One follows clues posted on a website and you look for the hidden box. In geo
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tranlated mystery fans
I received this book free through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway program. It was published in Austria in 2012 and translated into English for this edition.

I enjoyed reading this psychological thriller about a serial killer who leaves grisly clues to taunt police by geo caching them. The principal detective is Beatrice Kaspary, a single mother of 2 children, who shares custody with her ex husband. He is a jerk, calling her at 3 am to ask about the children. She neglects her children for a cou
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, kindle
4.5 stars

This was an excellent read. Detectives Beatrice Kaspery and Florin Wenninger receive a case in which a woman is found dead in a cow pasture with map coordinates tattooed on the heels of her feet. So begins a chase for a serial killer whose victims are found through geocaching - GPS coordinates given to 'hunters' to find a treasure. As the killer continues to give the police their clues, it seems they are always behind in finding him.

Excellent writing in this novel and I did not figure
Viv JM
I read this book as part of German Literature month (see here for details: ). Ursula Poznanski is an Austrian author and this was translated into English by Jamie Lee Searle.

A woman is found murdered and tattooed onto the soles of her feet are a series of numbers and letters. These turn out to be map co-ordinates and what follows is the most twisted geocaching treasure hunt ever!

“Five” is a fast paced an
Nancy Oakes
it's pretty far away from what I'm reading these days, but it is what it is; and I seriously needed a reading break.

The discovery of a woman's body at the bottom of a rock face turns into a bizarre case involving geocaching, one that keeps the detectives of the Salzburg State Office of Criminal Investigation on the move while trying to decipher strange clues at different gps locations. The dead woman provides the first clue; she has what turns out to be gps coordinates tattooed on the bottoms o
Have you ever heard of geocaching? Or even done it yourself? It sounds like fun, doesn’t it – a sort of GPS treasure hunt for hidden caches all around the world. It was certainly on my horizon as something that I’d like to do, but I am not so sure now after reading Poznanski’s dark and disturbing thriller, where a crazed killer sends the police on a gruesome geocache hunt ....

If you love police procedurals with a very different theme, then this should definitely be on your radar! Detectives Beat
L.A. Starks
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fine translation of a well-plotted mystery set in Salzburg, Austria. Archer does a particularly good job of explaining and tying up the story at the end. The climax will leave readers with more sympathy for the antagonist than might be expected.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A series of co-ordinates tattooed on the feet of a murder victim lead the police to a box containing body parts - and a note from the killer with a series of cryptic clues to the identity of the next victim. A nail-biting, page-turning thriller that will send shivers down your spine”

An Austrian crime thriller set around the activity of geocaching – two things I had not come across before, so I was a little bit out of my comfort zone but in the end I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It was a little
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars-- recorded on Goodreads as 4.

This was a pretty good suspenseful psychological thriller / police procedural type book. The setting is Salzburg, Austria so it had the fact that it was an exciting location in its favor. The case itself was interesting and well written. I only fear the premise behind the murders will become VERY dated quickly. In fact, it already is somewhat. It was obvious this book was translated from the original German and was done so pretty literally as there were od
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy!! What a suspensful thriller! I will never look at Geocashing the same again! Rated this a 4.5!
Hillary Pincus
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bom-2015
A good mystery! I thought I had figured it out mid-way through this read, but I was wrong! Some good twists and turns.
Book Mitch
I liked it! The writing style was impressive, especially since it was a translation. There were frequent flashbacks that didn't disrupt the storyline or pace. It was easy to follow, yet kept up a decent pulse.

I love the topic of geocaching. A unique twist on a mystery/thriller for me. I was fascinated with this hobby that I'd never heard of. It brought a nice element of intrigue. The clues were gruesome, and much of the book reminded me of an advanced and more graphic episode of Criminal Minds.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, especially being a translation and good mystery. I did pretty much have the killer figured out but wasn't quite sure about the motive until close to the end.
On the face of it this would appear to cover some of my main requirements for a gory & gripping read. For example:

Likeable lead characters with good chemistry (with a hint of the will-they-won't-they?) ✓

A boss at odds with the lead detective ✓ (not wholly original I know but I like a bit of friction!)

Some gruesome murders ... ✓

...with an original twist to them ✓
(I particularly liked the geo -caching angle - although working out the co-ordinates went over my head!)

But while on paper it ticked th
Jakub Marek
I started reading this because the book popped in the feed of two of my Geocaching friends (not a mistake I will repeat, sorry if you read this :-P). My boyfriend gave up on it at about page 50, saying it's not a detective story but a GC ad.
Well, I don't think it's THAT bad, but not that great either. The ever present tropes of nordic noir - geez, yet another detective with disfunctional family, the sexist boss who cares more about his public image than murders, the daaaark seeeecret from the pa
Cindy Heaton
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I felt that this book was well thought out and certainly had me stumped. Ms. Archer sure writes 'crazy' well. I admit to thinking that the clues just went on a little to long and the middle portion of the book got a little bogged down for me, but it picked right back up again in the last 50-60 pages. I liked the writing style and I hope the author brings Beatrice back and turns this into a series because I'd be interested in following her story a bit longer.
Barbara ★
I'd heard the term geocaching before but never really knew what it was all about. This book makes me want to give it a try though in a decidedly less gruesome way. lol

I liked Beatrice Kaspary and her partner Florin Wenninger. They worked well together even though Kaspary is a bit of a hotdog wanting to do things her way. Of course, she gets herself in trouble where Florin has to save her but that's to be expected with a female cop always trying to prove themselves.

A strong mystery that kept me
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow very good and well written till the end. Won't spoil too much, but I recommend this book. ☺️
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review originally published here:

Five is an interesting crime novel combining geocaching with a mystery and murder. For those who don’t know geocaching, you enter GPS coordinates into your cell phone, and then go searching for “treasure” hidden by others. The item could’ve been there for years. Usually it’s something small, but in the case of “Five”, things are a little more gruesome. Think along the line of body parts. Yep, that gruesome.

The writing
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, arc
What a ride!I really liked this book - fast paced from the word go!And it got me immediately intrigued by geocaching - I had never heard of this activity beforehand... but I did actually end up signing up to the website and look forward to taking part! (it sounds like a worthwhile activity whilst on holiday to discover your surroundings)... hopefully our findings will not be as gruesome as the ones Beatrice Kaspary and her partner Florin encounter in this story...All of the characters were well ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised I've never read a murder mystery about geocaching before. What a great combination. Don't worry if you don't know anything about geocaching - Archer provides enough of a primer to make it accessible and intriguing (what did we do before we could download a GPS app on our phone?). She does a great job of teasing the story out - doling out tidbits of backstory. Bea and Florin make for as interesting a police duo as I've read in some time. Their personal lives flit about the edges of ...more
Nemo Erehwon
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Austria's entry into the serial killer market.

Recent divorcee Beatrice Kaspary is dealing with two children upset by her sticky divorce and her angry, harassing ex-husband. She's also a detective and there is a new case; a woman is found dead with a series of numbers crudely tattooed onto her feet. The numbers are map coordinates, part of a geocache game. At the end of the geocache quest the police find a container with a shrink wrapped human hand.

More coordinates and clues follow due to the kil
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Five' offers a new twist to the typical serial killer thrillers. GPS coordinates are found tattooed on the soles of a victims' feet. The coordinates send police on a "treasure hunt" of sorts where the killer mixes murder with geocaching, an activity where geocachers hunt for hidden objects based on GPS coordinates and clues from other geocachers. An enjoyable read (if you like dark murder mysteries) with an intriguing lead character, D.I. Beatrice Kaspary. As a geocacher myself, it was fun to r ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good mystery with twists and turns
I received this book in exchange for an honest review! This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and caused me a couple of sleepless nights because I didn't want to put it down. The storyline was full of twists and turns and the characters were reminiscent of people you may have met in life. I had heard of geocaching before but never knew what it was so I like how the author explained what it was through the characters having to research it. I am hoping that this debut novel ends up beco ...more
Kc Giannini
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books that made me want to skip the gym, that made me read at stoplights because it was so good. I was hooked. What really grabbed my attention was that it was about geocaching and I just started to think I might want to do that as a hobby. I didn't even predict the end. And this book had some scenarios that made me squirm...and I am pretty much squirm-proof since I used to work as an investigator for a medical examiner's office (awesome, best job I ever had). Just an aweso ...more
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex and innovative plot. I'd never heard of geocaching learned something interesting in the process. There's a cache less than a mile from my house.
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Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with the author who, by the way, is listed in my hardcover edition as Ursula Archer, for what that's worth. A rose by any other name... as this is a well done psychological murder mystery. Set in Germany, Detectives Beatrice Kaspery and Florin Wenninger are partners tasked with solving a serial killer's string of murders. What makes it fun, if you call it that, is the clues provided by the killer-- all based on something called geocaching: a treasure hunt of sorts tha ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five by Ursula Archer

A woman's corpse is discovered in a meadow. A strange combination of letters and numbers has been tattooed on the soles of her feet. Detective inspector Beatrice Kaspary from the local murder squad quickly identifies the digits as map coordinates. These lead to a series of gruesome discoveries as she and her colleague Florin Wenninger embark on a bloody trail – a modern-day scavenger hunt using GPS navigation devices to locate hidden caches. The "owner" of these unofficial
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Born on 30 October 1968 in Vienna, Ursula Poznanski (a.k.a. Ursula P. Archer), after finishing high school, she began studying Japanese studies, journalism, law and theater.

She has worked as a medical journalist since 1996.

She has been a published book author since 2003.

She lives with her family in the south of Vienna.
Geboren am 30. Oktober 1968 in Wien. Nach

Other books in the series

Beatrice Kaspary (4 books)
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