Stasiland by Rolf Richardson #BlogTour
Books / September 1, 2019

After a messy divorce, Ed Blake is trying to forget the past by spending the summer driving around Europe in his silver Porsche. He gets no further than a small town on the river Elbe when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit.  Although in what is now a united Germany, this is the former Communist East, once ruled by the feared secret police, the Stasi. This is Stasiland. The past has not gone away, Germany’s political tectonic plates are shifting, maybe heading for the sort of chaos last seen in the 1930s. Ed finds himself pulled into a whirlpool of violence as right-wing extremism starts to shake the foundations of Europe.  This is a novel about here and now. What happened to Ed Blake could happen to you. My Review   Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Matador books for my copy of the fascinating ‘Stasiland’ by Rolf Richardson. I have always held an interest in the Stasi and any tv shows or books on the subject always pull me in, I’m a massive fan of the Stasi series by David Young, so when I seen this one I was instantly interested. Ed…

Stasi 77 by David Young (Major Karin Müller 4)
Books / April 13, 2019

This is the 4th book in the Karin Müller series. I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books so as soon as this popped up on netgalley I had to request it! Set in East Berlin, 1977, Karin of the serious crimes department of the Kriminalpolizei is called and rushed back from her family holiday to investigate what appears to be the murder of a local political party official, Found in an old Mill, tied up and locked in a room then left to sufficate on smoke fumes. Similar murders follow, Müller attempts to investigate but the Stasi block her at every turn whilst her deputy and sometime love interest Weiner Tilsner seems to be acting very strangely about the investigation. Is he somehow involved? Kicked off the case,  Müller goes to her boss, to try and get back on the case, he pointedly refuses and she backs off until she receives a mysterious letter offering information on the murders. There are flash backs throughout to a 1943 prison camp and the tale of 3 French brothers. These are harrowing, disturbing and the darkest I’ve read from David Young in the 4 Muller books, nothing is sensationalised, it feels very grim and very…