Simone Buchholz - Author

About the Author

Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as the second Place of the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

Featured books by Simone Buchholz

Hotel Cartagena

Hotel Cartagena

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/03/2021

With a smart writing style that combines lyrical and thoughtful with sharp and pacy, this thriller reads like a zingy dream. Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley and friends are celebrating a birthday in a 20th floor hotel bar in Hamburg when armed men take the occupants hostage. Meet the fourth in the rather fabulous Chastity Riley series. Two linked stories separated by time sit side by side. Short sharp shocks of chapters fizz into being. Simone Buchholz packs a hefty wallop into a relatively small number of pages. Her books always kiss difference, and encourage thoughts to whip in new directions. It almost felt as though there were parts in hiding, yet it all slots together. I simply adore the short and biting chapter headings, join them all together and they almost form a story in their own right. Rachel Ward as translator has again done a cracking job. Can you tell that I love this yet! Simone Buchholz has a style all of her own, and I can highly recommend Hotel Cartagena. The LoveReading LitFest invited Simone to the festival to talk about her kick-ass main character Chastity Riley and her latest book Hotel Cartagena. You can view the event by subscribing to the LitFest programme for as little as £6 per month - or you can pay per view. For just £2, go, see Simone in conversation with Paul Blezard and hear her stunning revelation. Check out a preview of the event here      

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Mexico Street

Mexico Street

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Just that little bit different (in fact strikingly different), Mexico Street challenges preconceptions and society issues, ensuring a full-on fabulous read. German public prosecutor Chastity is back, this time investigating a series of arson attacks that lead to the death of a man linked to criminal gangs. One thing to note straightaway is that I really feel you do need to have read the others in the Chastity Riley series to fully enjoy this one, otherwise too much would be unexplained and you would have to sprint like heck to keep up. Start with Blue Night, followed by Beton Rouge, both equally readable and also translated with surety by Rachel Ward. As usual Simone Buchholz snared my attention from the get-go. The words stormed my senses, falling like a sword and I found myself on full alert. Short, sharp, shocks of chapters hit, with the chapter headings almost creating their own story. Mexico Street, full of sparks and quirks, is 227 pages of wonderful. Adding to the series beautifully, I just had to include it as one of my Liz picks of the month.

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Beton Rouge

Beton Rouge

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2019

Take a fascinating and oh so readable journey into the darker side of life, where you need to be able to see in the dark to have an understanding of it. This is the second in the ‘Chastity Riley series’, the first book Blue Night was one of my favourites from last year, so I was waiting for this with huge anticipation, and I can confirm that Beton Rouge is another wonderfully compelling read. State Prosecutor Chastity Riley is teamed with a new partner after a manager of a German magazine is found unconscious in a cage suffering torture wounds. The chapter headings are little lightening bolts of fabulous. Simone Buchholz, with Rachel Ward as translator, creates in less than 200 pages the most taut, incredible intensity. I adore her writing as it takes you into the misty half world between lyrical beauty and raw, grim necessity. Beton Rouge is a killer read, original, unusual and yet I felt that a part of it, in fact a part of Chastity, lodged itself deeply within my soul, it’s quite simply fabulous.

Books of the Month
Blue Night

Blue Night

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2018

This was a dream of a read for me, relatively short, different, beautifully written, and full of jarring, jolting impact. Blue Night is the first in the Chastity Riley series, was a number one bestseller in Germany, and has been fabulously translated by Rachel Ward. After a particularly difficult case (which involved in-house corruption) Chastity Riley, state prosecutor in Hamburg, has been transferred to witness protection. Chastity’s next case propels her straight back into the main ring, she has to throw her guard up and come out fighting. The introduction surprised me, raw and gritty, yet written with a lyrical beauty, it really sets the tone. Simone Buchholz shoots abrupt, short sentences across the page, her writing is sparse and to the point, yet connected deeply within my heart and mind. I adored the sections which freeze-framed the characters in time, they burst with energy and information, almost popping with intensity. It feels as though you are on a collision course with the ending, which exploded in dramatic style. Constantly surprising, Blue Night is an original, firecracker of a read, it will undoubtedly be one of my books of the year, I absolutely loved it.  Books in The Chastity Riley Series: 1. Blue Night 2. Beton Rouge 3. Mexico Street 4. Hotel Cartagena Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

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Other books by Simone Buchholz

River Clyde

River Clyde

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2022

Chastity Riley travels to Scotland to face the demons of her past, as Hamburg is hit by a major arson attack. Queen of Krimi, Simone Buchholz returns with the nail-biting fifth instalment in the electric Chastity Riley series ... and this time things are personal... 'Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-ish sense of time and space ... a palpable hit' Independent 'Reading Buchholz is like walking on firecrackers ... a truly unique voice in crime fiction' Graeme Macrae Burnet --------------------------------------------------- Mired in grief after tragic recent events, state prosecutor Chastity Riley escapes to Scotland, lured to the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather by a mysterious letter suggesting she has inherited a house. In Glasgow, she meets Tom, the ex-lover of Chastity's great aunt, who holds the keys to her own family secrets - painful stories of unexpected cruelty and loss that she's never dared to confront. In Hamburg, Stepanovic and Calabretta investigate a major arson attack, while a group of property investors kicks off an explosion of violence that threatens everyone. As events in these two countries collide, Chastity prepares to face the inevitable, battling the ghosts of her past and the lost souls that could be her future and, perhaps, finally finding redemption for them all. Nail-bitingly tense and breathtakingly emotive, River Clyde is both an electrifying, pulse-pounding thriller and a poignant, powerful story of damage and hope, and one woman's fight for survival. -------------------------------------------- Praise for the Chastity Riley series '[A] nerve-racking narrative ... [with] a cunning climax that is shocking and deeply romantic' The Times 'Modern noir, with taut storytelling, a hard-bitten heroine, and underlying melancholy peppered with wry humour ... there's a fizz, a poetry and a sense of coolness' New Zealand Listener 'The coolest character in crime fiction ... Darkly funny and written with a huge heart' Big Issue 'Fierce enough to stab the heart' Spectator 'A stylish, whip-smart thriller' Herald Scotland 'Combines slick storytelling with substance ... like a straight shot of top-shelf liquor: smooth yet fiery, packing a punch with no extraneous ingredients watering things down' Mystery Scene 'Caustic, incisive prose. A street-smart, gutsy heroine. A timely and staggeringly stylish thriller' Will Carver 'With plenty of dry humour and a good old dash of despair, Simone Buchholz is an unconventional, refreshing new voice' Crime Fiction Lover 'With brief, pacy chapters and fizzling dialogue, this almost feels like American procedural noir and not a translation' Maxim Jakubowski 'There is a fantastic pace to the story which keeps you hooked from the first sentence all the way to the end a unique voice that delivers a stylish story' NB Magazine 'A smart and witty book that shines a probing spotlight on society' CultureFly 'Fans of Brookmyre could do worse than checking out Simone Buchholz, a star of the German crime lit scene who has been deftly translated into English by Rachel Ward' Goethe Institute 'By turns lyrical and pithy, this adventure set in the melting pot of contemporary Hamburg has a plot and a sensibility that both owe something to mind-altering substances. Lots of fun' Sunday Times 'Great sparkling energy, humour and stylistic verve and the story itself is gripping and pacey' Rosie Goldsmith 'A must-read, stylish and highly original take on the detective novel, written with great skill and popping with great characters' Judith O'Reilly 'Constantly surprising an original, firecracker of a read' LoveReading

La notte del coccodrillo

La notte del coccodrillo

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/08/2017

Accusare il proprio superiore di corruzione e piantare un proiettile in mezzo alle gambe di un gangster puo anche dare soddisfazione, ma non aiuta la carriera. Chas Riley ora assiste le vittime di violenza e si ritrova in ospedale a vegliare un uomo senza nome, massacrato di botte. Qualche parola smozzicata del paziente misterioso e Chas acchiappera la coda del Krokodil, la nuova devastante droga che arriva dall'Est.

Fellherz St. Pauli

Fellherz St. Pauli

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 23/04/2017

Ein Hund ist der beste Kumpel, ein Seelentroster, Clown und immer ein Familienmitglied. Wenn er gro ist und auf Sankt Pauli herumschnuffelt, kann er auch im Verdacht stehen, ein "e;Meinungsverstarker"e; zu sein. Die Fotografin Debra Bardowicks und die Autorin Simone Buchholz haben 21 Hundehalter gesucht, die ein Fellherz haben. Lustig, manchmal melancholisch, immer frei Schnauze. Geschichten genau wie der Stadtteil, in dem sie leben: Hamburg Sankt Pauli. Es sind nicht nur Geschichten von einem halbstarken Mastino namens Kalle und von Pacco, einem Rhodesian Ridgeback-Rottweiler-Mix, der auf seine Drag Queen aufpasst. Von einem Polizeihund in Rente und von Molly, einem kleinen Jack-Russell-Terrier vom Dom. FELLHERZ SANKT PAULI behandelt auch den buntesten Stadtteil Deutschlands und beschreibt das Leben, wo es schillert, kracht und manchmal schmerzt. FELLHERZ SANKT PAULI ist ein Buch fr alle, die Hunde lieben - aber eben nicht nur fr sie.

Revolver

Revolver

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 25/02/2016

E primavera ad Amburgo, ma la giornata comincia male per la giovane PM Chas Riley. La ballerina di un night e stata trovata morta vicino al fiume, con una parrucca celeste e senza scalpo. E non e l'unica vittima. Nel quartiere di St. Pauli, patria di marinai, puttane e alternativi, si aggira un killer spietato. Il primo caso del procuratore Chas Riley.

Kalamitaten

Kalamitaten

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 01/10/2013

Die undurchsichtige Vergangenheit des Kripomanns Faller aus "e;Bullenpeitsche"e;!Sankt Pauli in den frhen Achzigern: Der junge Kommissar Faller ist als Zivilfahnder auf dem Kiez eingesetzt. Das Koks berflutet das Milieu, und statt mit Fusten wird pltzlich mit Waffen gekmpft. Dabei wird Faller Stck fr Stck in Ecken gezogen, in denen man als Bulle besser nichts zu suchen hat Fr alle, die Kommissar Faller aus einem anderen Blickwinkel kennenlernen wollen!

Bullenpeitsche

Bullenpeitsche

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2013

Kein guter Sommer fur Staatsanwaltin Chas Riley: Regen, Regen, Regen - und ein brutaler Polizistenmord in den Elbvororten. Die Ermittlungen schieben Chas und ihre Kripokollegen in ein schmieriges Karussell aus Korruption, Gefalligkeiten und Mannerfreundschaft. Am Ende ist ein weiterer Kollege am Ende, eine Frau verschwunden, eine Freundin verheiratet. Und der groe Gangster lernt, dass gegen die groe Einsamkeit keine Knarre gewachsen ist.

Das kalte Licht

Das kalte Licht

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2013

Ein kurzer, rasanter Thriller von Simone Buchholz mit einem eiskalten Setting in der Einsamkeit Alaskas. Irgendwo in Alaska in einem abseits gelegenen Haus wohnt sie. Sie ist allein, bewaffnet und hat ein klares Ziel. Wer es wagt, ihr zu nah zu kommen, dem droht der Tod. Langsam nhert sich ein Truck ber die vergessene Landstrae - das nchste Opfer?

Rocco und seine Madchen

Rocco und seine Madchen

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/02/2013

Als Sohn der schonsten Hure von Sankt Pauli bezaubert Rocco Malutki die Frauenwelt schon als Kind. Der Junge hat jedoch nur Augen fur Leili, die den Regen bezwingen kann. Davon zumindest ist Rocco uberzeugt. Einen langen Sommer verbringen er und seine beste Freundin in ihrem geheimen Baumhaus hinter dem Elbtunnel. Doch als der Herbst kommt, wird alles anders...

Eisnattern

Eisnattern

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2012

Hamburg, kurz vor Weihnachten. Irgendwer verprugelt Obdachlose, die Manner liegen mal mehr, mal weniger bewusstlos in den Ecken des idyllischen Karolinenviertels. Dann verschwindet ein Teenagerparchen. Staatsanwaltin Chas Riley kriegt wahrenddessen zweimal Hochststrafe: Urlaub und Besuch von ihrer Mutter. Sie ermittelt trotzdem, findet ein uraltes Labyrinth - und hochmoderne Verwahrlosung.

Schwedenbitter

Schwedenbitter

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/11/2011

Eine Villa im Hamburger Suden und darin zwei tote Amerikaner. Auerdem: ein schnuffelnder Ex-Kommissar, ein paar sehr hofliche Autonome, eine durchgeknallte Schwedin, Immobilienhaie, eine Freundin, die vielleicht ein Kind bekommt, ein schnoseliger Kollege - und uberall der mafiose Behordensumpf. Mittendrin stapft Staatsanwaltin Chas Riley durch den Novembernebel und braucht all ihre Kraft, um nicht darin unterzugehen.

Pasta per due

Pasta per due

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/08/2010

Ein Italiener braucht eine Frau, die kochen kann. Eigentlich ein Klischee. Aber Simone Buchholz schert sich nicht darum, sie bekocht ihren Italiener gerne. Anhand ihrer Lieblingsrezepte, von Antipasti bis Dolci, erzhlt sie, wie sie sich nicht nur in sein Herz, sondern auch in das seiner Familie gekocht hat.

Knastpralinen

Knastpralinen

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/07/2010

Rache ist weiblich und gar nicht su - Chas Rileys zweiter FallEs ist Sommer in Hamburg, Sankt Pauli leuchtet warm bis innerhalb kurzer Zeit auffllig viele Fe in der Elbe schwimmen. Mnnerfe - und von den Krpern dazu keine Spur. Offenbar rumt hier jemand grndlich auf. Staatsanwltin Chas Riley stellt fest, dass die toten Mnner eigentlich von keinem vermisst werden, und das mit gutem Grund. Bald fragt sie sich, ob sie der Welt wirklich einen Gefallen tut, wenn sie diesen Tter dingfest macht "e;Der zweite Fall der Staatsanwltin Chastity Riley, die aus Amerika und aus Hessen stammt und in Hamburg lebt - und wieder braucht sie steife Getrnke, viele Zigaretten und viel Mut, um hier aufzuklren und zu berleben. Wieder ein gelungener St.-Pauli-Krimi."e; Hellmuth KarasekKnastpralinen von Simone Buchholz: hchst spannender St-Pauli-Krimi im eBook!

Revolverherz

Revolverherz

Author: Simone Buchholz Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/04/2010

Cool bis zum Anschlag und mit ganz viel Herz, so sind dieMenschen auf St. Pauli - und so ist auch Staatsanwltin ChasRiley, die gnadenlos romantisch wird, wenn es um ihren Kiezgeht. Es ist Frhling in Hamburg, und alles knnte so schnsein - wre da nicht ein rtselhafter Killer, der tote Frauen ander Elbe drapiert. Um ihn zu stoppen, muss Chas am Ende dahingehen, wo es besonders weh tut: in die Abgrnde der eigenenVergangenheit Revolverherz von Simone Buchholz: Spannung pur im eBook!

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