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Devil in the Countryside

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz,
Paperback, 348 pages
Published January 5th 2017 by CreateSpace
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History shows dozens of the bloodiest times to be fought In the name of a spiritual belief. The late sixteenth century was no different as the Dark Ages become witness to deceit, treachery and the most foul of sins against humanity in the supposed name of God. Catholic clergy are little more than tyrants who believe themselves to be above the law of mankind. Protestants view heaven and hell as an all or nothing proposition and the infamous Werewolf of Bedbourg is said to be back, with blood and ...more
Charles  van Buren
Charles van Buren


A weak historical novel.

By Charles van Buren on February 24, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition

After reading a short sample I decided to read this novel mainly because it seemed similar to Oliver Potzsch's Hangman's Daughter series of historical mysteries. Those novels are also set in Germany but about a century later than Devil in the Countryside. It turns out that they are also much better written and researched.


Devil in the Countryside contains too man
Disclaimer: I was sent an ARC copy of this book by the author, Cory Barclay, for an honest review

Opinion: Once again, I am PLEASANTLY surprised with a book that is completely out of the genre that I usually read. This story was AMAZING! I found myself having immense trouble putting it down and doing adult things such as going to work, or sleeping. The writing is perfection. It gives the reader the necessary balance of description and detail, while also eloquently weaving a tale of fantasy and re
Mar 06, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: didn-t-like
It's the author's first book, apparently, and he looks young on the picture, so I won't be saying what I think about this book. ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author sent me this book to review in an appalling state, the pages are black stained at the top and the bottom and the pages are bent over plus water marks on the side of pages. The book in this state I would feel ashamed to take it to my local charity shop where I take all my books.
But above all this is a really good book, it's a novel based on a true events. This story depicts one such actual werewolf investigation and trial a particularly infamous one that took place in Germany, the bir
Robert Hobkirk
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author claimed this book, Devil in the Countryside, was based upon true events in Germany in 1588. I googled the Werewolf of Bedburg. Sure enough, Wiki had an interesting article about it. I’m not going to copy and paste the article because it would be a spoiler.
This is a who-done-it, which was very well written. Not a lot of laughs in it, very dark mood. I suppose Goths would enjoy the tone of the story. After meeting the characters, you’ll be glad you weren’t living in their village. They
N.N. Light
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting premise with a killer cover. Why 4 stars? The plot dragged a bit in spots but other than that, a solid read. I look forward to reading more from Cory Barclay.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Reviewed by: Mrs. N
Elizabeth Mathis
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.

It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever -- or whatever -- the killer might be. He'll need all the
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great historical detail! I felt as if I was an observer inside the story. Will be purchasing other books by Mr. Barclay.
Layla (Between the Lines)
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I really don’t read as much historical fiction as I’d like to so I’m extremely pleased with myself for having read this book. And now that I’m done patting myself on the back… I’ll get on with it. Sorry.

For all intents and purposes, this is a murder mystery. The mutilated bodies of young girls are being found and the main suspect of these crimes is an elusive werewolf who is thou
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)

Actual Rating 4.5 Stars

Its been a long time since I read some really good Historical Fiction; so I couldn’t pass the chance up to read this brilliant book by a debut author.
The blurb itself got to me! History has always played favourites with conspiracies, paranormal or otherwise and so many of them are still unexplored till date.

First, I have to say I loved that this book wasn’t based in America or had anything to do with the British Royalty – I have to be honest; one of the main reasons I h
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Intriguing and definitely worth the read. Enjoyed this one a lot!

Full review to come!
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Devil in the Countryside, we follow multiple perspectives. It sets in Bedburg, a village in Germany. The year is 1588, and it’s yet another eventful year in terms of religion in Germany. The Protestant and Christian religion collide. And that isn’t the only thing that is happening: The werewolf of Bedburg has returned, who took the life of a young woman. The oh-so-quiet village suddenly isn’t oh so quiet anymore.

The book starts with the perspective of
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best historical crime fiction I have read in a while. I liked the setting of 'Devil in the Countryside' very much. It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer 'Werewolf of Bedburg' is terrorizing the German countryside. There was a good level of suspense throughout the book and well-written characters, my favorite ones were investigator Heinrich Franz and Georg Sieghart.

I guess I did I feel like there was something missing from this book, I think the author could have used that brilli
Kaylin Beach
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
'When the big man reached the door, he turned and had a mischievous grin on his face. "You're here to find the werewolf? Well, I'm here to kill him."'

I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book. This is the first book I have read by Cory Barclay and it was amazing! Devil in The Countryside is definitely not your average book. This book is actually based on true events and I think that made this book even better! I had no prior knowledge of Bedburg and the werewolf investigation. When I
Steve Cran
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for the devil in these pages of historical fiction you won’t find him. What you will find is people acting on base instincts. After all it is people who make the worst monsters.

Set in Germany in the town of Bedburhg there is growing tension between to religious communities. Germany was beset by a civil war between the Catholics and the Lutherans . This civil war lasted from around 1866 to the 1880’s . It was a time when both communities were hounding each other and hurling acc
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Exciting. Thrilling. And brimming with adventure, Devil in the Countryside is a historical suspense novel with the twist of paranormal. Because it is based on the true historical werewolf hunt, it is different than most werewolf-containing novels, though it still has it's fair share of heart-stopping moments.

The characters are all very-well developed and so different that the story
Laura Thomas
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mystery
The story takes place in Germany. The year is 1588. People are being murdered, torn to pieces in what looks like a vicious animal attack. Rumors abound that the Werewolf Of Bedburg had returned.

Investigator Heinrich Franz is tasked with discovering who or what is behind the killings and putting an end to it. He’s joined by three people who, whether willingly or by choices not their own, combine their knowledge to kill the beast and save their town.

This book reads like a movie. I felt like I was
Bau Johnson
Based on historical events, this book gives us a look into what may have been happening in Bedburg leading up to the events of the trial. I liked the four different points of view in this story, with each of them giving a slightly different point of view to look upon, even if Dieter and Sybil's become kind of interchangeable towards the end of the book.

Mr. Barclay does a wonderful job of setting up the atmosphere and setting for this story. Keeping true to the religious and political turmoil of
Cherry London
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
One word describes this book electrifying, at a time of deep religious unrest between Catholics and Protestants, witch hunts and werewolf hunts, these set the pace of this thrilling gruesome murder mystery, it also shows the law of the time as a quack, that uses torture as his tool for solving a crime. A glimpse of man's fickleness, their jealousy and even in the face of all this inevitable war brewing, true love was found but not without emotional and physical loss. A Catholic father falling in ...more
Charles Miske
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rare for me to give a 5. I also don't normally like Historical Fiction quite so much. This was a very engaging book. Difficult to set down for very long. But alas, I do have a job ...

This chunk of history is a sad period in our European heritage, and it seems fairly presented not to take sides. There are no real obvious exclusively good or bad characters or groups. It is a war, after all, and the victor, should there be one, will rewrite history to suit their marketing position. (in this case wh
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did u know when Salem witch trials in the U.S. were happening, during the same period in Europe they were out hunting werewolves? I did not know this! Historical fiction is not something I read very much but this book was more interesting than I expected! I think the book was well written and the author did a great job keeping me reading on and wanting to know what was going to happen next. * I received this book from the author--This is my honest review*
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
I've said it before, I'll say it again -- I prefer liking books, I like liking things. I do not enjoy giving anything other than recommendations -- but sometimes, I just can't do anything else. This is one of those times.

This is a historical fiction but the history is bad. Before we even get to the first chapter -- in an introductory note we're told "By the early 1500's," Europe was in a time called the Protestant Reformation. The traditional starting point for the Protestant Reformation was Oct
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really don't read Historical Fiction, but I'm pretty happy that I decided to venture out from my usual genres! This novel was so different from my usual reads and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Devil in the Countryside is centered on the collision between the Catholics and the Protestants around the time of 1588. The Catholics see that they are slowly losing more and more people to the Protestant faith and they are tryin
S.K. Gregory
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Told from several viewpoints, there is a werewolf on the loose in the town of Bedburg and two women have been killed so far. An investigator tries to get to the truth using any means necessary. This was an interesting read. There were some well written characters and it did keep you guessing as to what was going on. I did think that it seemed like it should have been set a few hundred years later in terms of the investigation methods etc, but it was a good read and I would recommend it.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Won as a goodreads giveaway. Found it to be a very enjoyable read, providing many different points of view for the conflicts taking place. Would recommend to others.
Olga Miret
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
A bizarre true story brought to life in a novel that moves across genres. I write this review as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team. Thanks to Rosie Amber and to the author for offering me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
This is a book based on a real case (although so many years later and with the few documents and written clues available it is difficult to know what might have been ‘real’ and ‘true’ at the time) that has all the elements to be a fabulous novel, or a TV inv
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Here's a short review for you all. Longer review to come on my blog.
I was sent this copy for review and I have to admit I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I found it a very interesting and captivating novel but also one that I actually learned things from. I really enjoyed that it was based on real events and I think the author managed to write it really well.
The only thing though is I am a bit confused about the ending. I don't think I understood it well or maybe it's just the fact
Nicole Klaassen
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read historical fiction and if I do it's usually set around World War 2. It was so amazing to read a book that was set in the 1500s, because I have never read any other books set in this time period.

The writing was brilliant and the plot was so intriguing and suspenseful with just the right amount of gruesomeness for a crime/thriller novel. I really enjoyed the different points of view and especially liked that the whole story was loosely based on real historical events. I reall
Peter Cornell
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really. Fine Read

Good mystery. Too many plot turns to count. Nice love story behind the mystery. A nice love story behind the mystery.
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