We do like a good historical crime-fiction novel and David Young’s Stasi Winter fits perfectly into this category.

It’s our first Young experience, yet the fifth in an existing series featuring Karin Müller, a detective in East Germany’s People’s Police. And as we can testify, it can be read as a standalone, although we will be delving into the earlier novels.

Set in 1978/79, when East Germany is experiencing one of its worst winters ever, it’s a Cold War world and the state is absolute: everyone, including Müller, must bow to it. Although she wants to change career, her bosses have other ideas.

When a young woman is found dead near the Baltic Sea, Müller is asked to investigate. As it becomes evident that someone important is pulling strings, the Major must decide how important her integrity and the truth are to her or whether the state must always will out.

A tense, claustrophic book, Stasi Winter is a well-plotted, authentic and satisfying read, Young evoking the era and politics of the time beautifully.

Highly recommended.


David Young | Stasi Winter | Zaffre | paperback and ebook | 9 January 2020 |

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Acknowledgements: This review is published as part of the virtual book tour. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers and to the publisher for sending a review copy. All opinions are our own. All rights reserved. Please check out the other reviews on this tour.








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