n 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state's power is absolute, history is re-written, and the 'truth' is whatever the Stasi say it is.
So when a woman's murder is officially labelled 'accidental death', Major Karin Müller of the People's Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life - and the lives of her young family - in danger.
As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death.
Thanks to Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre books for my copy of the 5th book in David Young’s outstanding ‘Stasi’ series, ‘ Stasi Winter’ featuring Major Karin Müller.
This 5th book in this series finds Müller again faced with difficult decisions in with regards to the Stasi. Resigned from her job and struggling to make ends meet and a young family and grandmother to care for, Karin is forced back into service to investigate a women’s death close to the Baltic Sea. Karin soon realises it’s not the accident the Stasi want it to be.
A seriously good murder mystery unravels, in a setting unprecedented in my reading, in the cold brutal setting of the Ostsee or Baltic Sea, which has frozen over precariously.
A cracking page turner, tense and full of suspense, it’s a real nail biter. Absolutely full of intrigue, the politics and the way Young describes the contrast between the then divided Germany is as usual skilfully and expertly done. David Young is certainly an author who can take you in to the era he is writing.
I enjoyed the scenes involving the nuclear powered icebreaker and found my self looking these up. A book full of interest.
Vivid and authentic, the pacing as ever is perfect as this murder mystery spliced with almost an adventure twist barrels to a quite brilliant finale.
Without doubt, one of my favourite series currently being written I look forward to the release each year. David Young a writer going from strength to strength and each book is even better than the last.
I await book 6 with huge interest