It’s such a pleasure to welcome you all to my stop on the blog tour for Blue Night by Simone Buchholz. My thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for the opportunity and my review copy.
Author : Simone Buchholz
Title : Blue Night
Series : Chastity Riley #1
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : December 24, 2017
After convicting a superior for corruption and shooting off a gangster’s crown jewels, the career of Hamburg’s most hard-bitten state prosecutor, Chastity Riley, has taken a nose dive: she has been transferred to the tedium of witness protection to prevent her making any more trouble. However, when she is assigned to the case of an anonymous man lying under police guard in hospital – almost every bone in his body broken, a finger cut off, and refusing to speak in anything other than riddles – Chastity’s instinct for the big, exciting case kicks in.
Using all her powers of persuasion, she soon gains her charge’s confidence, and finds herself on the trail to Leipzig, a new ally, and a whole heap of lethal synthetic drugs. When she discovers that a friend and former colleague is trying to bring down Hamburg’s Albanian mafia kingpin single-handedly, it looks like Chas Riley’s dull life on witness protection really has been short-lived.
Chastity Riley’s career as a state prosecutor has taken a bit of a tumble and she now finds herself working in the less glamorous department of witness protection. But when she’s assigned the case of an anonymous man who’s landed himself in hospital beaten half to death, things are starting to look up. Who is this man? Where did he come from? Soon, Chastity will find herself on the trail of a whole lot of drugs.
Blue Night is mostly set in the German city of Hamburg. With its massive port, it’s the perfect place to smuggle drugs into the country. The criminal side of the city is run by a person who’s seemingly untouchable but Chastity is determined to cause his downfall and right from the get-go you have faith in her ability to do just that as she’s one fierce woman and an absolutely fantastic character, who wormed her way into my heart from the minute I met her.
Having had a German grandmother, it’s probably no surprise that I grew up on the incredibly gritty, dark and serious Krimi shows and so obviously that’s what I was expecting from Blue Night. Colour me pleasantly surprised to find something entirely different. Yes, it’s gritty and yes, it’s dark but it’s also an incredibly refreshing take on the crime fiction genre with a fabulous cast of characters and a delicious sense of humour that won me over within the first few pages.
This is a relatively short book and the first part is a bit of a slow burner but it oozes atmosphere throughout. We’re also introduced to quite a few characters and this required a bit more concentration on my part to keep them all straight but once I got the hang of them, I had a hard time putting this book down. It’s easy to see why this book did so well in Simone Buchholz’s native Germany and I have no doubt that this seamless translation will make it a hit in English speaking territories as well. A brilliant start to a new series and I very much look forward to more!
Blue Night is available now in ebook format. The UK paperback will be published on February 28th.
Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up for the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.