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Hotel Cartagena

by Simone Buchholz

Part of the Chastity Riley Series

Crime / Mystery Thriller and Suspense Translated Fiction

LoveReading View on Hotel Cartagena

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.

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Hotel Cartagena Synopsis

Chastity Riley and her friends are held hostage in a hotel bar by twelve armed men set on revenge, in a searing, breathtakingly original new thriller from the 'Queen of Krimi' 

Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a man whose life - and family - have been destroyed by Hoogsmart's actions.

With the police looking on from outside - their colleagues' lives at stake - and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation ... and a devastating outcome for the team ... all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.

Crackling with energy and populated by a cast of unforgettable characters, Hotel Cartagena is a searing, stunning thriller that will leave you breathless.

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Hotel Cartagena Press Reviews

'A stylish, whip-smart thriller' Russel McLean

'Lyrical and pithy' Sunday Times

'Fierce enough to stab the heart' Spectator

'A real blast of adrenaline' Big Issue

'Sharp and unrelenting' CultureFly

'Simone Buchholz writes with real authority and a pungent, noir-ish sense of time and space' Financial Times

'Deeply moody, atmospheric and evocative' Blue Book Balloon

'An unconventional, refreshing new voice' Crime Fiction Lover

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781913193546
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781913193553
Publication date: 04/01/2021
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Ebook

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913193546
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Simone Buchholz
Publisher: Orenda Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 276 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Categories: Fiction in translation, Classic crime, Political / legal thriller, Thriller / suspense,

About Simone Buchholz

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.

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