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A GAME OF LIES
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical
This third Hannah Vogel mystery is fine as a stand-alone, but more enjoyable if you have read the previous books. Cantrell combines interesting characters with period details to create the feel of 1936 Berlin. The shifting allegiances speak of the stress of living in the pressure cooker of a Germany where the Nazis are steadily gaining power.
Hannah Vogel returns to Berlin disguised as a journalist covering the 1936 Olympics. Her old mentor Peter dies at her feet without giving her the package he said was critical for her to get out of Germany. As Hannah tries to discover more about Peter’s death and the information he wanted her to have, she must keep up her cover as fiancée of SS officer Lars Lang. Although Hannah has been working with Lars for several years to smuggle secret documents out of Germany, she doesn’t trust him — and she is finding that she doesn’t know whom to trust at all. (FORGE, Jul., 336 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed By: Joyce Morgan
Published: July 2011