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The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel
  

Synopsis

The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel

A whole family has been murdered with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the farmer, an overbearing patriarch, his put-upon devoutly religious wife, and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter, Marianne. Also murdered was the Danners' new maidservant, Marie, who was regarded as slightly simple. Despite the brutal nature of the killings and the small village where it has taken place, the police have no leads. Officially the crime is unsolved. And then a former resident returns home...The Murder Farm is an unconventional detective story. The author interweaves testament from the villagers, an oblique view of the murderer, occasional third-person narrative pieces and passages of pious devotion. The narrator leaves the village unaware of the truth, only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion.

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With only a limited number of ways in which violent death can be investigated, crime writers have to use considerable ingenuity to bring anything fresh to the genre. Andrea Maria Schenkel has done it in her first novel, The Murder Farm - Times Literary Supplement * Times Literary Supplement * The Murder Farm lingers on in the memory like an old tune, long after you've turned the final page - Sunday Tribune * Sunday Tribune * A chilling little debut number... short, nasty and effective - Daily Mail * Daily Mail * A fascinating, refreshingly short and laudably ambitious mystery
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About the Author

Andrea Maria Schenkel lives with her family near Regensburg, in Bavaria, Germany. On publication in Germany, Tann d won first place in the German Crime Prize as well as the Friedrich-Glauser Prize.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st December 2008

Author

Andrea Maria Schenkel

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Publisher

Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781847247650

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