The Murder Farm

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Quercus, Jun 3, 2014 - Fiction - 208 pages
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The Times Literary Supplement said of The Murder Farm, "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 first author to achieve a consecutive win of the German Crime Prize, Schenkel has won first place for both The Murder Farm and Ice Cold.

The Murder Farm begins with a shock: 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 little Marianne. She also had a son, two-year-old Josef, the result of her affair with local farmer Georg Hauer after his wife's death from cancer. Hauer himself claimed paternity. Also murdered was the Danners' maidservant, Marie.

An unconventional detective story, The Murder Farm is an exciting blend of eyewitness account, third-person narrative, pious diatribes, and incomplete case file that will keep readers guessing. When we leave the narrator, not even he knows the truth, and only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion.

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User Review  - sushicat - LibraryThing

1957, somewhere in the Bavarian countryside, on a remote farm, all family members are brutally killed: The father and his wife, their daughter and her two kids, and even their maid. The story is told ... Read full review

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User Review  - flippinpages - LibraryThing

Fairly good book. I think I probably enjoyed it as much as I did because it was written so differently and I've been in a book slump lately. Being an avid reader for 40+ years I am starting to feel ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

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

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