I’ve really been productive this winter. After translating Shadows of the Damned, I continued with my own historical murder mystery set in 16th century Nuremberg: Meister Frantz: A Match Made in Jail — Hangman of Nuremberg Vol. 1. Can’t wait to continue with this series. Executioner Meister Frantz was a fascinating person and now becomes an intriguing character in my novels. Here’s the blurb:
Nuremberg 1580: As the hangman of the Free Imperial City, Meister Frantz Schmidt is used to being avoided by society for fear of getting tainted by his dishonorable profession. Only the ailing believing in the executioner’s special healing powers come to him. Then one of his patients is murdered and her maid Kathi becomes the main suspect. When Max, one of the city’s archers, begs Frantz to help spare the girl from torture and his executioner’s sword, the hangman’s conscience rebels against the thought of inflicting pain on an innocent girl and possibly having to kill her. Frantz comes up with a scheme to keep the maid safe for a little while, but it’s risky for him and his new allies.
Can Frantz deceive the council of Nuremberg and find the true murderer in time before he might be ordered to hang himself?
Lo and behold, book 2 in Maat’s Service has is available in English now, translated by yours truly: Shadows of the Damned:
Hori and Nakhtmin have barely adjusted to their new duties as the pharaoh’s palace physicians when Hori is summoned to the secret embalming compound. A heart has been found there, which doesn’t belong to any of the corpses; a heinous crime must have been committed, which robs the dead of any chance for an afterlife.
While clueless Nakhtmin begrudges his friend for simply disappearing and makes new acquaintances, Hori finds out far more than he bargained for and unwittingly puts his own life on the line. The surplus heart isn’t the only thing off kilter at the weryt: the very secrets of the necropolis are in danger!
Of course, Nakhtmin soon gets dragged into the eerie investigation although he should rather take care of his pregnant wife. However, the shadows of the damned are encroaching…
Boy, I can’t believe how much I’ve neglected my website and shouting out to folks about new releases. While others get ready for the A-Z blogging challenge in April (one post a day), I should start my own challenge: one post a month. I hang my head and apologize before I start catching up. But then I could save the two announcements for April and May…
Kathrin Brückmann’s Apprenticed to Anubis, the first book in the mystery series In Maat’s Service, set in ancient Egypt, is now available as ebook in all Amazon stores and the paperback pretty much everywhere, e.g. at Barnes & Noble. (Didn’t want to always direct potential readers to Amazon though it’s a bit lame that B&N can’t afford Umlauts or the book blurb. Oh well, it’s a tough business.)
Since our editor got the job done much earlier, we were able to release the book earlier. I guess that speaks for the quality of my translation.
If you’d like to find out more about the book, the characters, the setting and this strange but fascinating culture, check out the homepage of the series. A millentia-old embalmer with the honorable name Kheper (=dung beetle or scarab) is mostly running the blog. So don’t be too surprised. He entertains some weird notions and doesn’t treat his “little helpers”, i.e. Kathrin and myself, with much respect.
While I was sleeping, my English translation of the historical murder mystery Verborgener Tod by Kathrin Brückmann became available for pre-order. This fantastic book, set in ancient Egypt, will be released on September 17 under the title Apprenticed to Anubis. Here’s the blurb:
Ancient Egypt: Hori and his fellow students celebrate their graduation from medical school. In a bar brawl, he accidentally kills the vizier’s eldest son. For punishment, the king renders an unusual verdict: life in the service of the dead at the weryt, the walled-off embalming compound.
At the same time, young ladies at the pharaoh’s court drop dead without obvious cause. When the corpses are brought to the weryt, Hori, now trained in embalming and organ removal, discovers the girls were murdered. Only he can’t leave the place without turning his life sentence into a death sentence—or can he? An adventurous investigation unfolds.
Isn’t my fosterling pretty?
Not sure why I never bragged about my little short story Adventure Hotel, likely because it’s autobiographic. Still, can’t hide it any longer. The English edition has been available for almost two months now. It’s a dramatic little story with torture chambers, mystery and plenty of humor.
Would I have booked a stay at the Adventure Hotel if I hadn’t been prodded in such a sneaky way? Certainly not, but what thrilling experiences I’d have missed out on. Read the story of a naive guest with too big a mouth.
My translation of Strays of Rio has been released by German publisher Droemer Knaur. Yahoo!
Could the tour guide sprung from her nightmares really be the solution to Karo’s problems?
After she insulted her biggest customer, Karo’s company is in trouble. With no money to squander, she’d still love to send her widowed brother-in-law and his new bride on a fairy tale honeymoon. When a storm blows Martin Sander back into Karo’s life, his unexpected inheritance from unknown sources allows them to lure the newlyweds to his finca on Tenerife at low cost. At the same time, a bunch of Senegalese refugees head for the Canary Islands.
Karo’s attempt at playing fairy godmother works like a charm until another storm moves in, blowing the refugees off course and endangering the lovers. Can a trip organized by the infamous tour guide ever go right?
Filled with chaos, drama, tension and banter, this sequel to Snow White’s Slide stands alone, but builds on the lively characters of the first book in the Adventure Trek series.