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Lonely Graves

(De Posthumus trilogie #1)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  48 reviews
A suicide. A drowned man. A sudden death. It's all in a day's work for Pieter Posthumus.

In Amsterdam, the Lonely Funerals team exists to make sure that no one goes to the grave unmourned. Posthumus takes that responsibility seriously. A careful, humane man, he works hard to find out all he can about the anonymous or abandoned dead entrusted to his care.

So when a young
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Mulholland Books (first published 2012)
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To die alone. No one to care if you’re gone – or not – is a dismal prospect. Sadly though, many do pass away unnoticed. This is what Pieter Posthumus of Amsterdam’s Department of Emergencies and Internment job description is all about. He is one of a small ‘funeral’ team who visit the homes of the deceased to determine whether or not they have any family that can be contacted, any savings in the bank to pay for their funeral – and if none of either is forthcoming - then he gathers what clues he ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actueel onderwerp, aardig genoeg geschreven om deel twee een keer te lezen.
Loved the characters, the mystery and especially the setting.
Pieter Posthumus, medewerker van het Team Uitvaarten van de gemeente Amsterdam, raakt geïntrigeerd door de omstandigheden, waaronder een jongeman van Marokkaanse afkomst de dood heeft gevonden. Het lijk komt bij genoemd team terecht, om dat naam, adres, familie in eerste instantie onbekend zijn. Pieter gaat verder dan zijn officiële taak als gemeentelijke uitvaartverzorger, hij gaat als een rechercheur op onderzoek uit. In een tweede verhaallijn houdt de AIVD zich bezig een terroristengroep ‘De ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Pieter Posthumus ist 47 Jahre alt, lebt in Amsterdam und arbeitet im "Büro der einsamen Toten" der Stadtverwaltung. Das bedeutet, er kümmert sich um anonyme Tote. Er versucht, Angehörige aufzuspüren und sorgt dafür, dass die Toten ein würdiges Begräbnis erhalten. Eines Tages wird die Leiche eines Marokkaners aus der Gracht gefischt. Der Tote ist scheinbar ertrunken, doch war es ein Unfall oder Mord? Der Fall lässt Pieter nicht mehr los...

Mein Leseeindruck:

Die Geschichte rund um Pieter Posthumus
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Lonely Graves – So many twists and turns.

Lonely Graves by the duo Britta Bolt is the first in what will be the Posthumus Trilogy an excellently translated work set in their adopted city of Amsterdam. What has been created is an excellent suspense thriller that has bundles of twists and turns. For a first crime thriller this is a winner for the writing duo as the plot is well thought out and well written.

Pieter Posthumus works on the Lonely Funerals team after being moved sideways in the City
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Lonely Graves is the first book in a crime fiction series featuring Pieter Posthumus (Pieter is relieved when others do not comment on his last name when they first meet him), a team member of the council department known as the Lonely Funerals team. The Lonely Funerals team is responsible for visiting the homes of those who die without family or friends willing to wrap up the deceased's affairs and take care of funeral arrangements. Pieter cares deeply for those deceased whose files appear on ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cracking read. Look beyond the dun coloured cover for a well interwoven mystery.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, crime
I am finding foreign crime stories more and more interesting Perhaps 'foreign' is the wrong word; perhaps I should say American or British, as that is was what the market is saturated with. Seeing how the systems work somewhere else is interesting, even if it is fictional and comes with disclaimers about some aspects. Lonely Graves was no exception.

What also made this interesting was that the novel doesn't follow a cop. Pieter is a guy who works on the funeral team. It is through his finds,
Amsterdam is not a place with which I have any familiarity at all but the authors of this book made it all seem very comfortable. I would like to visit the Dolle Hond pub/cafe in spite of its name (the Mad Dog) and enjoy a Sunday afternoon "good" coffee and apple pie (with cream) with the regulars. The sounds are all there, too, the creaky gate, the bicycle chains being pulled free, conversations going on just outside hearing, cutlery and dishes, boats on the canals, the traffic and all.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pieter Posthumus ist ein einfühlsamer und rücksichtsvoller Mann etwa um die fünfzig mit einem Faible für gute Kleidung und seltsame Fälle. Er arbeitet bei der Stadtverwaltung, im Amt für Katastrophenschutz und Bestattungen in Amsterdam. Zu seinem Job gehört u.a., die einsamen Toten in ihren Wohnungen aufzusuchen, die Überbleibsel ihrer Existenz aufzulösen und ein anständiges Begräbnis für sie zu organisieren. Eines Tages besucht er mit seinem Kollegen die Wohnung vom kürzlich verstorbenen Mann ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Das Büro der einsamen Toten” beschreibt den ersten Fall für Pieter Posthumus und ist zudem der Auftakt einer Trilogie um PP, wie Posthumus in der Handlung oftmals genannt wird. Hinter dem Autorennamen und Pseudonym Britta Bolt steckt ein Autorenduo, bestehend aus Britta Böhler und Rodney Bolt.

In Amsterdam ist es üblich, dass einsame Tote – also anonyme Leichen, die gefunden werden und bei denen keine Angehörige ermittelbar sind – von der Stadt ein Begräbnis bekommen, mit einer richtigen
Anna Julia
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bei Das Büro der einsamen Toten von Britta Bolt handelt es sich zum Glück wirklich mal um etwas Neues: Es handelt sich bei Pieter Posthumus nicht um einen Polizisten oder Detektiv, sondern um einen Beamten, der in der Abteilung der Stadt arbeitet, die sich um Tote kümmert, bei denen unklar ist, ob es Verwandte gibt, wer sich um die Beerdigung kümmert etc.. Posthumus ist darüberhinaus aber auch recht neugierig und lässt nicht so schnell locker, wenn ihm etwas suspekt vorkommt.

Posthumus ist genau
Sid Nuncius
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this unusual mystery/thriller, but I did have my reservations about it. Set in Amsterdam, the protagonist is Pieter Posthumus, a civil servant whose job is to locate the families of those who die alone or unidentified, and to give the unclaimed dead a dignified funeral. Naturally, he is humane, empathetic and exceptionally diligent, and this leads him to conduct what are effectively criminal investigations on his own. Here he is looking into the death of two men in whom the ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in a planned trilogy by a duo of writers who have made Amsterdam their home. This is an interesting twist on a traditional crime novel. Pieter Posthumus works for the city council helping ensure that every death is recognised and that every corpse is given a decent burial. He approaches his work with a dedication that is not shared by the other members of his team, and it is his digging deeper into the lives of two of his cases that ensures that he becomes entangled in a terror plot ...more
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-great-reads
Britta Bolt is a pseudonym for South African novelist Rodney Bolt and German lawyer Britta Bohler. This is the first in a trilogy featuring Pieter Posthumus who works for the department of Emergencies and Interment in Amsterdam. The city pays for a 'lonely funeral' for all unclaimed corpses. Each funeral has music, a poem and coffee for any mourners that turn up. It is Pieter's job to find out something about the deceased so the funeral can be appropriate. In this book he is looking into two ...more
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dutch, thriller
Pieter Posthumus werkt op het gemeentelijk bureau in Amsterdam, dat ervoor moet zorgen, dat anonieme overledenen van gemeentewege begraven worden, nadat eerst enig speurwerk naar eventuele familie is gedaan.
Pieter neemt zijn werkt serieus. Te serieus, menen een aantal van zijn collega's.
Twee van de gevallen laten hem hier niet los en hij gaat op onderzoek uit. Hij komt terecht in de wereld van terrorisme en, zonder dat hij het weet, ook van de veiligheidsdienst, waar ook alles niet is zoals het
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lonely Graves is the first part of a trilogy written by Britta Bolt.
Pieter Posthumus, I love his name, is in charge of the lonely funerals department in Amsterdam. He takes his job seriously and tries to give his cases a decent funeral. One of the people he is trying to help is also being investigated by police in relation to terrorism.
I loved reading about Pieter, we also meet his family and friends who feature often in the novel. The part of the novel that covered terrorism was harder to
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der erste Fall für Pieter Posthumus
Meine Gratulation an das Autorenteam. Als Testleserin habe ich dieses Buch von meiner Lieblingsbuchhandlung zum Lesen bekommen. Dieser erste Fall für Pieter Posthumus in Amsterdam hat mich von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite in seinen Bann gezogen und nebenbei auch neugierig auf Amsterdam gemacht. Der Roman ist sehr spannend und äußerst lesenswert, da der sympathische aber auch hartnäckige PP viele Puzzleteile aus seinen Ermittlungen zusammenfügt. Meine
Maggie Hesseling
I usually don't read Dutch books translated. However, once I mananaged to get over the fact that I was switching between Dutch and English, I settled down for what turned out to be a wonderfully interesting and intruiging novel. It's so utterly Dutch- in all the good ways. Though, like any novel you need to take it with a grain of salt. At a certain point it seems as if certain sections of the city are littered with Islamic fundementalists, which is of course not the case. However, with a great ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
I received a free copy of this book as a Goodreads giveaway

For me, a sign of an enjoyable thriller is one I can finish in a short space of time. This one had me gripped from the first chapter and although for me, reading is largely a bedtime activity, once I had become hooked, I postponed my planned DIY and boxed it off in just a couple of afternoons.

A good plot and extremely well-written I thought.
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this bit of a new spin on the amateur slueth/mystery.An intricately plotted, well - paced, quick read. Smart but doesn’t take itself too seriously with it's very curious main character, Pieter posthumus or pp as he is known to friends, leaving no stone unturned. Set in the lovely city of Amsterdam where they really do give " Lonely Funerals". Looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
David Swatling
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark doings in Amsterdam. A uniquely Dutch approach to dealing with those who die alone and/or unidentified sets this story apart from most crime fiction. Look forward to more in this new series. Pieter Posthumus is a fascinating character.
Russ M
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Great read.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric without being too descriptive. There are multiple narrators but the story is simple, direct, and told with increasing intensity. Politics and possible terrorism make this a timely story. It reminds me a bit of Louise Penny's mysteries. The characters are just as important as the plot and feel "real". Unfortunately, only part of the story is wrapped up as this is the first in a trilogy. Hopefully, the next two are already out.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
An interesting crime thriller, with the unlikely hero being a civil servant whose job is to track down relatives of corpses found within the city limits in Amsterdam. Apparently if no living relatives are found, funerals are paid for by the city.

Posthumous (yes that's his name) can't leave some of the cases to rest, and as somewhat of an amateur detective he digs deeper to discover the secrets of his cases.
E A M Harris
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery with a complex plot and realistic characters. Readers familiar with Amsterdam will no doubt find the descriptions of the city a bonus; I found some of them a bit unnecessary. The multiculturalism of the modern city and its effects on individuals and institutions was well described. I think most mystery fans would enjoy it.
Zwei Sterne, aber mit der Tendenz zu 3 Sternen.
Da hatte ich mir aber was ganz anderes drunter vorgestellt. Schwammige, unlogische Charaktere, eine zusammen geschusterte Geschichte ohne wirklichen Sinn und ein bescheidenes Ende.
Nur der Blick auf den Islam und den Fanatismus fand ich gelungen.
Carol Sandford
I wanted to enjoy this novel. I thought it sounded intriguing and a set in a different place from the norm, but it fell flat for me. Too much Amsterdam info rammed down your throat and the plot wasn't all that great. It's gone to a charity shop and I very rarely do that to a book.
Puddle Jumper
A very atmospheric story.
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Britta Bolt is de nom de plume van het schrijversduo Britta Böhler en Rodney Bolt. Geboren in Duitsland, respectievelijk Zuid Afrika hebben beiden Amsterdam als Wahlheimat gekozen. Samen schreven ze een typisch Amsterdamse thrillerreeks rond Pieter Posthumus, medewerker van het Team Uitvaarten van de Gemeente Amsterdam. Posthumus regelt begrafenissen voor de anonieme lijken in de hoofdstad.

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