Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by THE BOOK REVIEW CAFÉ

The book review café


Today I’m on the blog tour for Stasi Wolf by David Young, this is the second book in the series and was published by Bonnier Zaffre on the 9th February 2017.

The series begins in 1975 with Stasi Child, David’s critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

I have a fabulous guest post from David Young explaining why he hates rewriting and editing so without further ado………….


Why I hate rewriting and edits (and what changed between the first and final drafts of Stasi Wolf)

Some writers love the editing process. I’m not one of them. I long for the day when the manuscript I present to my publishers comes back without any corrections or suggestions…

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Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Which One Was Your Favourite This Week?

Hi all,

I can’t believe January has been and gone already! When did that happen? Not much to report here on the writing front this week. I’ve been plotting out a couple of scenes on my never-ending roll of wallpaper (yes, I really do use plain wallpaper rolls for planning my novels – it’s like creating my own treasure map). It’s been interesting catching up with my characters and finding out what they have been getting up to during the last 12 months.

Right, back to the poll. Check out this week’s winner – or should I say winners? What a great selection!

Here’s this week’s Poll:


Here’s the result of last week’s Poll:


Well this is a first! We have a three-way tie! Three well deserved winners – two of which are debuts, no less! Ragdoll by Daniel Cole, Rupture by Ragnar Jonassen and A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart each took 25% of the votes. I couldn’t choose the ultimate winner from these three, could you?

This Week’s Winners:

Ragdoll – by Daniel Cole

A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the ‘Ragdoll’. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter.

The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?

Read this great review of Ragdoll by #northern #crime

Rupture by Ragnar Jonassen

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all…

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinsister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Read this great review of Rupture by Chillers Killers and Thrillers

A Boy Made Of Blocks by Keith Stuart

A father who rediscovers love

Alex loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn’t understand him. He needs a reason to grab his future with both hands.

A son who shows him how to live

Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising – and different. To him the world is a frightening mystery. But as his imagination comes to life, his family will be changed . . . for good.



Read this great review of A Boy Made Of Blocks by Linda’s Book Bag

Previous poll winners:

17/01/2017 Deep Down Dead with 32%

10/01/2017 Dead Gone by Luca Veste with 33.33%

03/01/17 A Man With One Of Those Faces By Caimh McDonnell with 35.29%

28/12/16 Bloq by Alan Jones with 28% Joint winner with:

28/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 28%

20/12/16 Flesh Evidence by Malcolm Hollingdrake with 45.83%

13/12/16 The Gift by Louise Jensen with 33.33% Joint winner with:

13/12/16 Death Stalks Kettle Street by John Bowen with 33.33%

07/12/16 Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough with 52.94%

29/11/16 An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski with 39.13%

22/11/16 Blood Lines by Angela Marsons with 38.46%

16/11/16 Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker with 25%


*Every week I extract all the novel titles from my ‘Round Up Blog‘ and enter them into a poll. If a novel is not on the list it is because it didn’t appear in my blog during the week stated at the top of the poll. I’d love to know which novel (not review) was your favourite. If you haven’t read any of them, pick the one you would choose to read instead.

Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by #northern #crime

Reblog: Stasi Wolf by David Young – Reviewed by #northern #crime

#northern #crime

cover103826-mediumStasi Wolf is published by Bonnier Zaffre on 9 February 2017 and is available to buy here

How do you solve a murder when you can’t ask any questions?

The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Stasi Child.

East Germany, 1975.

Karin Müller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing. But Müller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image. Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive.

Stasi Child was read and reviewed Book One Stasi Child

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