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To Catch a Killer

(Bodenstein & Kirchhoff #7)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,965 ratings  ·  214 reviews
A tightly plotted crime thriller with surprise twists at every turn and a story that reads as though its ripped from the headlines . . .

Detective Pia Kirchhoff is about to leave on her long-delayed honeymoon when she hears that a woman has been shot while out walking her dog. Then more long-range shootings swiftly follow, and it becomes clear that a highly trained serial k
Paperback, Commonwealth, 406 pages
Published January 27th 2016 by Macmillan Australia (first published October 10th 2014)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I AM YOUR JUDGE is the latest book published here in Sweden. It's the seventh book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series. Before I started to read this book, did I take on the two previously published (Swedish) books and they were fabulous. I was at first a bit confused when I read SNOW WHITE MUST DIE. It felt like I started to read a story in the middle, liked I had missed the beginning. However, I learned that this was because SNOW WHITE MUST DIE is book four. The first three books haven't been ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nele Neuhause's Bodenstein & Kirchhoff books each have their own theme. This one was about donorship and organ transplantation. For me this was one of her best books so far. I wasn't bored for a minute, the pace was good. ...more
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, germany
I’m pretty sure I check on Goodreads before I pick or request certain books BUT for some reason, I’m still caught up with picking up and reading books from the middle of a series! I’m not just being pedantic but in this particular book, it was a little confusing trying to pick up where their personal relationships are at... for example, this guy got up from bed quietly so as not to wake someone in bed and a sentence later, it was mentioned that he’s divorced. It skipped a few steps of his stages ...more
Tanja Berg
I keep returning to Nele Neuhaus despite the fact that she is a fairly uneven author and I never know what I'm going to get. This book is much better than "Böser Wolf" thankfully. There is more insight into the personal life of the main characters, which is the main reason for reading.

Pia Kirchhoff is about to go on her honeymoon when a sniper interrupts her plans and her vacation. Her boss, Oliver Bodenstein, appreciates her sacrifice. Soon there are more deaths. They all appear to be in connec
Ken Fredette
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like the type of murder mystery that keeps you on edge, then Nele Neuhaus's new book will be the next book you will read. You learn about all the characters throughout the book, Pia Kirchoff, or I should say Pia Sander, Bodenstein and his ex girl friend Inka Hansen, and all the suspects who were involved with Helen Stadler's mother's death. All revolving around being brain-dead and the issuing of body parts. Nele weaves in and out with each suspect and drives you with each person as it un ...more
Sharon Mensing
Nele Neuhaus' Detective Pia Kirchhoff mysteries are intricately plotted, and I AM YOUR JUDGE is no exception. Pia is just about to go on a honeymoon trip with her new husband when a sniper kills a woman walking her dog. Pia gets the call, and since she has finished packing and has the time, she jumps in to help her boss and partner, Oliver von Bodenstein, by showing up at the scene until he can arrive. Bodenstein is short-handed, given Pia's vacation and a flu that seems to have decimated his st ...more
A good paced interesting case. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the book and the working relationships in the police team.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 out of 5 stars -- Police Procedural dealing with themes of revenge, retribution and vengeance.

Bodenstein and Kirchhoff investigate murders committed by a sniper in this 7th book in the series. The killings are not random, and the duo soon finds the link between the victims but it takes quite a long time before they solve this case.

This is not a fast-paced thriller, nor is it extremely suspenseful, but the reader gets a sense of the frustration and meticulous attention to detail that is the
Paul T
Jan 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The attempt at idiomatic English translation coupled with Germanish four syllable words made the read a laugh out loud exercise.
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut, exciting thriller and an enjoyable read. Kept me guessing to the end. Sometimes the translation was a bit clunky, and I did get confused with all the similar sounding German names, but definitely better than the average book in this type of genre.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
2.5 stars... but just barely. This book suffers from the same issues as others in the series, namely:

* Bloat! It just feels so long. Yes, it's a complex story, but lots of points are repeated ad nauseum. Also, I think we could probably have done without one of the 23948230 bad guys who are, ahem, "implicated."
* A crappy translation (or maybe crappily written source material; I have no way of knowing). Here is a real live sentence from this book: "He was super pissed off." This MUST be a crappy t
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I found this to be a very run-of-the mill police procedural.

A mysterious sniper kills a number of people who, at first glance, have no connection to each other. He obligingly sends messages that explain that these folks were killed out of vengeance, and that the real target is not the victims themselves, but their inconsolable daughter/husband etc. Pia Kirchhoff and her team find out that the connection between the families affected by the murders is the tragic accidental death of a young woman
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
I'm ambivalent towards this one. It was ... meh. I didn't have the urge to chuck it across the room, though, so that's good, right?

I quickly got annoying with Oliver. It seemed like his only purpose in this book was to get mad at everyone, then tell us how personal this case is to him, and think about his relationships.

I thought the motives for the killings were stupid too. I can't believe that someone who is supposedly as motivated and cunning as that wouldn't realize that the only people who'd
Gisela Hafezparast
Definitely one of the best in the series and brings up interesting questions about donating your organs and the medical profession, ethics, etc. Also a new interesting character and some new insights into some established characters.

Would have been 5 stars, but a bit too much love interest in it for me. I like knowing about the detectives private life, but only at the periphery.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do really like her books. They keep you on your toes the whole time. They also includes a lot of topics that are important today and any day. Read it.
Megan Jones
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Neuhaus delivers a thrill of a crime read with this latest outstanding instalment in the Pia and Bodenstein series. A sniper is killing seemingly innocent people and not for a reason that stands out initially. They refer to themselves as the judge and are acting as god taking people’s lives as they see fit, with the public panicking the police have to act fast. The only trouble is they keep coming across red herrings that slow them down and Neff an analyst does his fair share of hinde ...more
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, europe, 2016
This is the fourth book in the police procedural series featuring Pia Kirchhoff/Oliver von Bodenstein series by German author Nele Neuhaus. Pia is just about to go on her honeymoon with new husband, Christian, when a sniper kills a woman out walking her dog. Her boss, Oliver, is unavailable so she decides to fill in for him until he can get to the crime scene. Before long a second woman is assassinated. Margarethe Rudolf was making Christmas cookies in her kitchen with her granddaughter, when a ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably the least favorite of the Neuhaus crime novels for me, because it's Book 6 in the series, and Book 5 hasn't been translated into English yet. This left me befuddled as to what has happened to two of the characters between books 4 and 6. I can't understand why a publisher won't publish books in order. That said, you don't need to have read the other books to enjoy this one. It's true that there are perhaps too many characters and that the novel could have been more heavily edite ...more
Cathy Cole
I've read other books in the Kirchhoff and von Bodenstein series and have enjoyed them for the two main characters and the books' plots. Once again, author Nele Neuhaus has created a really good storyline that takes a lot of deduction to put everything together, and it's one in which readers witness the sacrifices dedicated police officers often have to make in their personal lives, but-- ultimately-- I Am Your Judge just was not my cup of tea.

My reasons for this are mostly subjective, beginnin
Ma Ri
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I turn to Nele Neuhaus for that specific kind of time-killing mystery novel that works best for waiting rooms, cafes, airplanes or other places where I want to zone out and get absorbed with some not-too-difficult problem. The Bodenstein/Kirchoff novels are mostly fun can be very uneven in terms of characterization and the intricacy of the story. Personally, I found I Am Your Judge to be the weakest one so far.

In Snow White Must Die and Bad Wolf, I appreciated that the detectives were almost min
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
A police procedural set in Frankfurt, translated reasonably well, although there were a few odd turns of phrase. This seems to be one of a series, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the convoluted relationships everyone seemed to be involved in; all the characters seemed to be on their second marriages and regarded their children as an inconvenience.

I enjoyed it for the most part, although there were far too many doctors with varying roles for me to keep them apart in my mind. It went on
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this latest installment by Nele Neuhaus which again features detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein - this time purchased as an audio book. Although not my favourite Neuhaus novel, the premise of the story centering around organ transplantation was intriguing and somewhat controversial. On the other hand, some of the characters appeared a bit too stereotypical and the plot somewhat predictable. That said, the story contained enough red herrings and plotlines to keep me intere ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
German Audiobook--I have read several of Neuhaus's books and all are good.

Pia has to figure out who is killing family members of people related heart transplants at the Frankfurt University Clinic. The killer is a sharp shooter. There are several possible suspects, all relating to a lady brought to the clinic and declared brain dead-supposedly so that her organs could be harvested.

Kriminalkommissarin Pia Kirchhoff will gerade in die Flitterwochen fahren, als sie ein Anruf erreicht: In der Nähe
The entire question about reading a series in order goes out the window with Neuhaus' terrific books. They were published out of sequence in the US, beginning with #4, followed by #6, then back to #3, and now to #7. If you get a sense of whip lash about what is going on with various characters' private lives, you are not alone. Regardless, these are terrific crime novels and I'm glad to have them to read in any order rather than not at all....

Once again Neuhaus is dealing with a serious issue wi
Argh. The writing (especially the dialogues) was so chunky and uneven, I hated the profiler character (the least nuanced portrayal of profiling ever, no one is *that* unlikeable tbh) and the personal relationship stuff was, as in the last couple ones from the series, very weird to it, because it feels to me like Neuhaus is going back on a lot of the previous characterizations (especially of Bodenstein's ex-wife). The murder mystery is interesting in itself (as is the topic of organ donation) but ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I have been in love with Scandanavian litererature for quite a while but after reading a few of Neuhaus's novels, I feel it is time to put Germany under the microscope. This solidly written mystery of Detective Pia Kickoff and her partner, Oliver von Bodenstein is the fourth in a series. Kia was about to leave for a trip with her secretly married husband when she is called in to help with a murder. It is Xmas time and the office is short staffed. The murder involves the shooting an an elderly wo ...more
World Literature Today
"Publishers have a pretty good idea what bells and whistles best-sellers should sound and tend to reduce these things to formulas. The book delivers discoveries exactly when it’s supposed to. You can hear 'pins drop' as secrets are revealed and the irrational murderer is exposed as having a rationale, and we end up with a happy kiss of newlyweds—literally. In other words, nothing much is a surprise and the accomplishment of this manages to require over four hundred pages." - J. Madison Davis

Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the Nele Newhaus' series and the only fault I have with this one is I felt it rambled on in places and could have been not quite so drawn-out.

All-in all a good read with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very gritty and scary in a hell is paved with good intentions sort of way... The only thing I didn't like was in the translation from German they obviously substituted americanisms in some places. I'd have preferred keeping too the original text just translated. ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed Nele Neuhaus' work, and this was another solid entry in her collection of translated works. It is the story's initial crime that set all of the future crimes in motion, however, that will haunt me for a long, long time. ...more
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