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Blue Night

Published Date: 6th August 2017

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Description

The hair stands up on the back of my neck and I get an age-old feeling in my belly. Like there’s a fight ahead. Like something’s really about to go off…

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…
Fresh, fiendishly fast-paced and full of devious twists and all the hard-boiled poetry and acerbic wit of the best noir, Blue Night marks the stunning start of a brilliant new crime series, from one of Germany’s bestselling authors.

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‘If Philip Marlowe and Bernie Gunther got together in a Hamburg speakeasy and had a literary love child, then that might just explain Chastity Riley – Simone Buchholz’s tough, acerbic and utterly engaging central character’ William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier

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‘A must-read, stylish and highly original take on the detective novel, written with great skill and popping with great characters’ Judith O’Reilly, author of Killing State

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‘Simone Buchholz’s witty and original Blue Night, beautifully translated by Rachel Ward, introduces us to maverick state prosecutor Chas Riley. Assigned the case of a badly beaten man, she embarks on a gripping investigation that’s also a moving love letter to Hamburg and the bonds of friendship’ Dr Kat Hall, author of Der Krimi: Crime Fiction in German

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‘Blue Night has great sparkling energy, humour and stylistic verve … and the story itself is gripping and pacey. Simone Buchholz’s homage to Raymond Chandler and Jonny Cash is affectionate and deliberate.Th en there’s the interplay of author and translator, like musicians in the same band … creating an all-female tour de force’ Rosie Goldsmith, European Literature Network

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‘A smashing thriller … highly recommended’ ReiseTravel

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‘Buchholz gives us a declaration of love for all the grime of a city of contrasts. Dripping with local colour, soaked in beer and infused with cigarette smoke, this is not your typical police procedural’ Katy Derbyshire, Love German Books

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‘Not a word out of place – memorable characters – an absolute treat!’ Michael J. Malone, author of A Suitable Lie

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‘Chastity Riley belongs amongst Germany’s most complex crime heroines: a lone wolf who looks into the chasms of human society’ Brigitte

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‘Simone Buchholz just writes very, very well, all the while sure of her milieu, atmospherically confident and full of empathy for her characters’ Bücher magazin

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‘Explosive writing, larger-than-life characters, a killer mystery … Loved it!’ LV Hay, author of The Other Twin

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‘By turns lyrical and pithy, this adventure set in the melting pot of contemporary Hamburg has a plot and a sensibility that both owe something to mind-altering substances. Disgraced state prosecutor Chastity Riley chases round the dive bars of the port city pursuing and being pursued by a beguiling cast of cops, criminals and chums, delivering scalding one-liners as she goes. Lots of fun’ Times Crime Club

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‘This was a dream of a read for me, relatively short, different, beautifully written, and full of jarring, jolting impact. Blue Night is the first in the Chastity Riley series, was a number one bestseller in Germany, and has been fabulously translated by Rachel Ward … The introduction surprised me, raw and gritty, yet written with a lyrical beauty, it really sets the tone. Simone Buchholz shoots abrupt, short sentences across the page, her writing is sparse and to the point, yet connected deeply within my heart and mind. I adored the sections which freeze-framed the characters in time, they burst with energy and information, almost popping with intensity. It feels as though you are on a collision course with the ending, which exploded in dramatic style. Constantly surprising, Blue Night is an original, firecracker of a read, it will undoubtedly be one of my books of the year, I absolutely loved it’ Liz Robinson, Love Reading

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Blue Night is recommended as a book for reviewers, booksellers, literary festivals and readers at NBG choice. New German Books

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Simone was selected as one of the top ten great women crime writers in translation at Nudge Books Magazine

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‘Buchholz quickly establishes her characters and their individual voices: the ex-jailbird bar owner, a broken hearted cop, an ex-cop with a vengeful eye set on the local crime boss (now “retired” and untouchable) who killed his girlfriend years ago, and an injured Austrian stoic with a missing finger. But it goes without saying that the predominant voice in the story is that of unorthodox, street-savvy and very likeable Chastity. Written with a sense of place, a fresh voice, and a fast pace. Absolutely recommended’ Euro Crime

Author

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 the second Place of 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.
Follow Simone on Twitter @ohneKlippo and visit her website: simonebuchholz.com.

Translator

Rachel Ward is a freelance translator of literary and creative texts from German and French to English. Having always been an avid reader and enjoyed word games and puzzles, she discovered a flair for languages at school and went on to study modern languages at the University of East Anglia. She spent the third year working as a language assistant at two grammar schools in Saaebrücken, Germany. During her final year, she realised that she wanted to put these skills and passions to use professionally and applied for UEA’s MA in Literary Translation, which she completed in 2002. Her published translations include Traitor by Gudrun Pausewang and Red Rage by Brigitte Blobel, and she is a Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting.
Follow Rachel on Twitter @FwdTranslations, on her blog www.adiscounttickettoeverywhere.wordpress.com and on her website www.forwardtranslations.co.uk.

Online Reviews

‘I found that Blue Night was a book of two halves, the first half is a slow burn whereby Buchholz is building up the story, the mystery around the man in hospital and Chasity starting to build the man’s trust. The second half then ramps up this pace to a fabulous ending. The pacing and the unfolding of the story within the first half of the book made it very difficult to put down however during the second half of the book I found I couldn’t read it fast enough!! A brilliant taste of German Noir which I hope is received as well in the UK as it has in Germany’

 Have Books Will Read

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Blue Night is also deceptive – it might be a short read and require fewer trees than many but it packs in way more into its pages than many a pulp-and-ink-hungrier book manages. Between the covers (another tip of the hat to Orenda – has anyone mentioned just how many great covers come out of this publisher?) is a rich, tightly woven plot that’s brimming with intrigue and with plenty of back story woven in, compelling characters and a great approach to narrative… oh, and it all rips along at one hell of a pace … Buchholz’ writing style is original and she delivers a fantastic story in a unique voice that’s a welcome blast of fresh air and a great start to the year’s reading’ Mumbling About

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‘Make no mistake Blue Night is a gritty and raw crime novel that brings German Crime noir to the British reader. Simone Buchholz pulls no punches in this the first in an exciting series. This is a stunning new novel that really ends up exploding in your face. If this is how you love your thriller, then Blue Night is one for you. It is not a long read at under 300 pages you should easily get through this in a weekend. I dare you to put this one down! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED’ The Last Word Book Review

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‘I liked the way Simone has written this story, very well written but even better is how all the characters got to have their own little part at the end of each chapter as a little conclusion of their own, their own views and problems. Made it perfect! The ending well… What a fast paced, explosive ending that was. A well deserved four stars from me. An easy to devour, brilliant story. I highly recommend! This story has been translated by Rachel Ward and I think she did a superb job of it too’ Between the Pages Book Club

 

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‘The formatting for Blue Night is a bit different than other books I have read.  Between each chapter, there are flashbacks to each of the characters pasts. I have read books which featured flashbacks but these flashbacks are just glimpses; some are only a few sentences long. The flashbacks begin very early on in the story, before all of the characters have been introduced. This was a little confusing at first but once I met every character I was able to follow the formatting easily. Buchholz managed to provide just enough info on each character to make them interesting yet mysterious. There are mentions of past events, enough info so the reader will get the jist of the character’s background but not many details. Usually I would find this lack of character development disappointing; instead I was intrigued and wanted to know more about each character. I hope Blue Night is not the last I read of Chasity Riley’ Murder and Moore

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‘Chastity finds herself drawn into a case that is nowhere near as dull as she’d expected it to be, and perhaps she can win favours and get back into the meatier jobs that she misses. I loved Chastity’s relationship with the other characters, she has a way of relating to people and although she appears to be very tough and capable, there’s a soft side to her that she sometimes lets others see’ If Only I Could Read Faster

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I love Buchholz’s writing style. Throughout this book the language sparkles and seduces, drawing the reader in to the story. She has a wry wit and writes in short, fluid sentences overlaid with a descriptive text that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of the action … Part of the success of this crime thriller lies in the beautiful, almost poetic writing which contrasts well with the deadly subject matter … Blue Night is hard hitting Hamburg noir with a female protagonist you can’t help but like and respect. It is also a crime novel with a unique voice that delivers with style and panache. I want to read more of Chastity Reilly as soon as possible’

 Live and Deadly

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‘I love reading crime/noir that is set in other countries as it is provides an alternative and usually insightful narrative into the differences and similarities of criminality within other nations. This works especially well with Buchholz’s atmospheric and immersive writing style … Blue Night contains all the danger, thrills and twists required to keep the reader on edge throughout and I highly recommend it to all crime readers. It was a treat to experience Chastity Riley’s story and I hope to cross paths with her again soon’ Always Trust in Books

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‘This is such a refreshing way of narrating a story and I find it so endearing. In addition, this story is so atmospheric, and it has done an excellent job of portraying the gritty, raw, seedy hedonism of Hamburg at that time. I can smell the salty and foul air, I can see the dirty streets and feel the absolute pleasure-seeking energy in this city’ Sissi Reads

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‘It’s not gritty, not necessarily dark in tone, although there is little by way of hope in the story itself with the central theme actually quite depressing when you get down to basics, but there is just something. It’s really hard to describe but I liked it. I’m certainly keen to read more. As I said before, the narrative styling of this book is very unique but don’t let it put you off. That fog you think you are seeing when you first start reading will lift and everything will suddenly become clear as day. And this point is where you will start to smile as you realise what a clever thriller this is. All credit to Rachel Ward too as the translation of this book is seamless, making the direct first person narrative of Chas, and the other assorted characters, just fly’ Jen Meds Book Reviews

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Simone writes a guest post titled ‘Why I’m always sitting around in bars’ as part of the Blue Night blog tour. From First Page to Last

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‘It is quite a journey that Chastity Riley takes you on, down into the murky underworld of drug dealing and the East European mafia but she is such a feisty individual, quick witted and sharp, that you can’t help but like her … I found the descriptions of East Germany particularly striking, with the contrast of idyllic almost fairy tale fields and then abandoned, crumbling factories and long, dark valleys. For the most part, it is all greyness and seems desolate and lifeless. Which is the opposite of Chastity of course! She shines like a tough little diamond. Bring her on! German Noir brimming with wit and atmosphere’ Books Life and Everything 

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‘This short and gritty crime story hit the ground running and didn’t let up until the final page – so fast I found myself wondering how the ending would work… but it did.  Very well! … The story is written in a highly original format of interludes of dialect between each chapter, which drove the story forward and provided back ground in a way that I thought was both effective and clever … This was a 1 day read, where everything comes together as the story unfolds with pace and movement … I’m excited that this is the first in a series and will definitely be looking out for the next book in the Chastity Riley series’ I Loved Reading this

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Blue Night is a slow burner as the plot takes some time to burst into life. However, when it does, it’s gripping, tense and difficult to put down. There is so much mystery surrounding Joe at the beginning of the novel that I had to keep reading to find out what had happened to him and how he found himself in his current situation. Blue Night is the beginning of a series featuring Chastity Riley, and I would definitely be interested in reading the subsequent books to see how her character grows over time’ Portable Magic

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‘Simone writes a guest post titled ‘What clouds in the sky make of people’ as part of the Blue Night blog tour’ Page Turners Nook

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‘The story and writing slowly seep into your soul, to the extent that I found it almost impossible to put it down! … It’s the sign of a great thriller, that you are carried along by what feels like an unstopple force and Blue Night had that affect on me. It’s a first class piece of story telling, with believable characters and based in a gritty reality.  It takes the reader into the violent world of drug dealing and trafficking, but keeps strong characterisation at it’s heart, which to me as a reader is vital. The novel is full of dark themes, but is at all times thrilling and unnerving’ Books are my Cwtches

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‘Chastity Riley is a very interesting character and her life is definitely not straightforward especially after being assigned to speak to a man in hospital who has been terribly tortured … The chapters are short which helped to keep the story fresh and made me want to read more. I found Blue Night to be a different and intriguing crime story and I will be interested in seeing what is in store for Chastity next. A solid start to a new crime series, four stars from me!’ Rae Reads

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Simone takes part on the BEST OF CRIME series talking about her favourite authors, best writing tips and much more! Off-The-Shelf Books

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‘I really liked Chastity, she has plenty of compassion, and is loyal, funny and down to earth. And she has some of the best observations on life that I have read in fiction. A very successful series that is well established in Germany, I have no doubt that it will do just as well in other countries’ Stephs Book Blog

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‘Buchholz has a refreshingly new provocative voice, and I have no doubt she will stand out amongst a sea of writers. She has a take no prisoners attitude when it comes to the validity and eccentricity of her characters, and her plot. Blue Night is to books what a shot of whiskey of is to the world of liquor. It takes your breath away and then it burns until a warmth settles into the pit of your stomach. That’s the kind of mark and statement Buchholz is making’ Cheryll M M’s Book Blog

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‘I was thoroughly engaged with Simone Buchholz’s writing and lead character, Chastity, and enjoyed the story … The plot is intriguing and the writing is superb. The first page packs a punch and from then on you are helplessly in the grip of Simone Buchholz. The book is full of atmosphere, from the sweaty, busy bar Blue Night to the gritty, sad streets of a drug-addled Hamburg. Simone Buchholz paints a picture in the readers mind that is full of detail. I pretty much read this on one sitting, I found myself completely enthralled right from the beginning and that was mainly due to the clever writing and an endearing lead character … Overall, a cracking story with a splash of classic noir crime and a lead character who is full of compassion, loyalty and a force to be reckoned with!’ Emma’s Bookish Corner

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‘The English is simply addictive … It isn’t painted as a sixth sense or a mystical ability but does come across as Chastity being very much in her element in those mean streets as the late drinkers head home and the litter blows down the Reeperbahn. Simply an excellent slice of atmospheric crime. Give me more, soon!’

Blue Book Balloon

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‘For starters, this is straight up one of the most intriguing books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! We get a glimpse into each character through snippet flashbacks. Only a couple of sentances to help capture the mood/feeling of what each character is experiencing in the past. It gives us just enough to buy into the story, but leaves us hanging and with that air of mystery. BLUE NIGHT is a relatively short read at a little under 200 pages (paperback edition), but don’t let the length of this book fool you into thinking the quality of the writing is anything less than excellence. This is also a credit to Rachel Ward who in my opinion has translated this work beautifully. I imagine it’s going to be a long time before I read something quite as extroadinary as BLUE NIGHTThe P Turners Book Blog

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‘This novel is steeped in pure grit and darkness. For me the grittiest element was Chastity Riley a hard drinking, smoking, no nonsense, kick ass prosecutor not afraid to challenge the good and the bad guys. She seemed bereft of emotion, an enigma to the reader with only little hints to her background or family. The connections with other characters are also quite shady … I was extremely impressed with my first foray into German crime and am not surprised that Buchholz has receive rave reviews and huge success in her home country. The novel is dark, subversive and just that little bit different from everything in the crime genre. I certainly hope that she has similar success here in the UK because Simone Buchholz definitely deserves it’ My Bookish Blogspot

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‘The structure itself is quite strange, a common feature of Orenda novels, where there is the first person narrative from Chastity, interspersed with snippets of narrative from other characters from past and present, to add a further air of mystery. The plot itself is quite slow to start but it seeps into the readers psyche, urging them to read on. The setting in Germany is also quite dark and gloomy, which further enhances the mystery somehow. It is by no means a cheery novel, although Chastity herself is quite witty at times … Blue Night is a deliciously dark novel with layers upon layers of mystery, not all uncovered by the end of it. Buchholz leaves her readers intrigued to know more about these characters. Whatever case Chastity Riley takes up next, if indeed she does, I’ll be very keen to uncover it with her. The magic of Orenda Books strikes again!’ Segnalibro

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‘The story is complex and twisted, this was never going to be a straightforward crime is committed then solved book and indeed what we are given is something much bleaker. This is the dirty side of crime where justice is delivered as much by bullet as in a court and the unluckiest victims are those who end up dying as addicts on the streets. With its hard-hitting and plentiful action, Simone Buchholz has created a contemporary thriller with all the coolness of classic Noir. Blue Night is dark, pessimistic and gritty; exuding atmosphere, the story enveloped me like wisps of cigarette smoke. I loved it and can’t wait to read more of this exciting series’

Hair Past A Freckle

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‘This is a dark, gritty read with heaps of action. It is a short book (the paperback comes in at around 180 pages) but it packs a real punch and is a testament to Simone Buchholz’s writing that so much is contained within those pages. There is an abundance of atmosphere; the streets of Hamburg leap off the pages and I was dying to be in the Blue Night drinking vodka at the bar. Words are used sparingly and to great effect creating a beautiful noir novel which, since I finished reading it, hasn’t been far from my thoughts making other books pale into insignificance. Wonderful’ Beverley Has Read

 

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‘I thought that this book was fantastic!!  Everything about the book worked for me – the characters were brilliant, the pace was spot on and the plot was gripping, thrilling and completely addictive!! I love crime fiction and as soon as I read the blurb for his book I knew I needed to read it and would definitely enjoy it and I wasn’t wrong – this will definitely be up there with my top reads of the year as it will take some beating! Really, really looking forward to this new crime series – if this first book is anything to go by it will be brilliant!!  Loved it!! No hesitation in giving this book 5stars – grab your copy now!!!’ Donnas Book Blog

 

‘The sentences were snappy and the writing was highly addictive and engaging … German Noir is something new on me but I was utterly enthralled and will most definitely be reader more. Simone Buchholz has a refreshing writing style and a unique talent of drawing the reading right into the heart of the story with the wonderful descriptions of Hamburg and a narrative that is spectacular. Really recommend it’ Reflections of a Reader

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‘The wonderful way that Buchholz brings her plot alive through gritty, punchy and thrilling writing makes this a gripping read that readers can race through and devour every last tantalising detail … I’m glad that this is just the first book in the series, there seems to be so much to  Chastity, more than could ever be put into one book.  She’s fiercely loyal to those she holds dear and always tries to be there for them, this coupled with her cynical attitude makes her such a brilliant creation. I’d definitely recommend checking this one out!’

The Quiet Knitter

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‘I haven’t said anything in any of my reviews before so I’d just like to say that I think it’s wonderful that Orenda Books is offering readers the chance to discover books from all over, giving us new characters to fall in love with, fresh voices to marvel at and riveting plots to take our breath away. I’m thrilled I’ve found such a character as Chastity Riley to follow in what I hope will be a long, long series. Simone Buchhols has created a striking, thrilling set of characters. With its unique chapters, wonderful writing and show-stopping protagonist, Blue Night is a book that will buy into the hearts and minds of a lot of readers! Fast-paced. Dark. Thrilling.’

 Ronnie Turner

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‘I felt the places, I touched them, I saw them, I tasted them, I heard, I smelled them. The full experience. A train slowly making its way through the darkest place while giving you a hint of what you can get in full daylight …  Simone Buchholz creates a routine-like atmosphere and then adds edges to widen the map, clear the fog, or on the contrary, reinforce it! … Get the book! The compelling atmosphere associated with the best flawed characters will make you crave for more’ Chocolate N Waffles

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Simone takes part in the Secret Library, choosing three books that don’t get the exposure they deserve, as part of the Blue Night blog tour. Café Thinking

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‘Buchholz has created a phenomenal female character, Chastity Riley – previously a high profile state prosecutor who has been demoted to a desk job in a cubbyhole and now basically babysits witnesses needing protection … This is a relatively short book at 276 and I found myself racing through each page eager to find out more about the mystery man Chastity has been assigned to, her relationships with her friends and colleagues and the story behind Chastity’s past. Blue Night is a brilliant start to the series and I can’t wait to read more from this author’

 Compulsive Readers

 

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‘I liked Chastity from the very beginning and I think we all could do with someone like her in our lives. She’s not had it easy and it’s obvious that she has suffered a lot in the past, but she’s not given up. She’s got a lot of fight in her and is one gutsy lady. A promising start to a new series, I am looking forward to reading more by this author and finding out what Chastity gets involved in next’ A Lover of Books

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‘The pace certainly ramps up in the second half of the book and I really did enjoy Blue Night with its unique style. I was kept on my toes with this dark and gritty crime story. It’s not a long book but it’s certainly packed to the brim and could easily be read in one sitting, it pulls you in and with relatively short chapters it was very easy to get lost in the story. This is the first book I’ve read that has been translated from German to English and I have to say Rachel Ward has done a fantastic job. I’m looking forward to reading more in the Chastity Riley series and hopefully we wont have too long to wait’ It’s All About the Books

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‘Chastity Riley has been described by some as a modern day Philip Marlowe. She is tough. She is hard. She is mentally strong. But yet she has a very vulnerable side that is ‘almost hidden’ from the reader. The chapters are short and are infused with one-liners and monologues, making it a very fast book to read. Blue Night is 100% German. Set in Germany and originally written in German, it introduces the reader to a style that many may not have been exposed to before. Blue Night is noir. It is, I imagine, what would have been termed hard-boiled crime fiction, a style synonymous with 1920’s America, but with a very modern and German twist. Who really is Chastity Riley? What made her who she is? I expect Simone Buchholz will reveal a few further secrets as the series continues’ Swirl and Thread

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Simone is interviewed, talking about Hamburg Noir and why everyone needs a ‘beer family’, as part of the Blue Night blog tour. Mrs Peabody Investigates

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‘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 … 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!’ Novel Deelights

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Blue Night is sharply written with a staccato sense to it that once you get used to it really draws you in … We fall into the underground of corruption and drugs, and the way the story is told with interspersed entries from other characters allows for a truly intriguing and often unexpected set of circumstances to play out. I loved the character of Chastity, who is cleverly drawn Overall Blue Knight is fast, considered and written beautifully. Very different. I like different. It’s refreshing. Highly Recommended’ Liz Loves Books

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‘This is absolutely a novel that will have you turning pages without fail until you reach the end! If you’re a fan of noir or are looking for a different kind of crime read, BLUE NIGHT is absolutely a novel you should pick up. Its relative length (under 200 pages) makes it readable in one sitting, which is something you will likely want to do as soon as you begin!’ the Crime Review

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Simone takes part in a Q & A as part of the blog tour. Devoted to thrills

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‘It was only a matter of getting used to the characters, their names, the timeframe and the way these short passages are presented to the reader though. By the end of the novel, it wasn’t an issue for me at all. Would I recommend this book? I would. Particularly if you’ve ever fancied giving German noir a go – I think Blue Night would be the perfect place to start. Gripping, ominous and delightfully edgy. I can’t wait to meet up with Chastity Riley again soon. For a shorter than average novel, it really packs one heck of a punch!’

Damp Pebbles

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‘This is a great start to the series and I must also say that Rachel Ward has done a fabulous job of the translation. I actually listened to Simone Buchholz read from Blue Night at the recent Orenda Roadshow in Liverpool and her accent really made me love the book even more as it just seemed to bring Blue Night to life for me. I am thrilled to have discovered this series and am highly anticipating great things to come for both the author and her heroine Chastity Riley’ My Chestnut Tree Reading

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‘Buchholz has effectively given just enough about each character to make you want to find out more about them and I look forward to the next book in the series. Blue Night is a really unique read and I grew to love the structure and style. Beautifully written and seamlessly translated, Buchholz offers something refreshingly different to what’s on the market currently and I urge you to check it out’ Bloomin Brilliant Books

 

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‘Set mainly in Hamburg, we are drawn into the murky underworld of the drug culture and the author has an excellent way of getting under your skin and showing you the grim realities of the drug world. The action ramps up in the second part of the book and you find yourself getting swept along for the ride. This is a great start to a new series and I’m really looking forward to reading more as Chastity Riley, like Lori Anderson, really grabs a hold of you and gets a grip of you making you want more!’ Broad Beans Books

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‘The main character Chastity is a great main character, who had a brilliant attitude, with her drinking and smoking and sense of humour.  The rest of the main characters are really great as well, all of them have great back stories, which are unveiled throughout the story. I was hooked to the story right from the start and couldn’t put it down until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, and can’t wait to read the next one in the series’ Black Books

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‘In a sense, this novel is more about the characters than about the storyline. Chastity Riley is a disgraced public prosecutor in Hamburg now working in victim protection. She becomes embroiled in a case involving gangsters, drug dealing and murder but the book is much more about her relationship with her friends, ex-cons and colleagues as she indulges in her world of beer, vodka, cigarettes and sex. As mentioned, the characters are well-developed and the novel is interesting and engaging and a nice little pot-boiler. Worth a look’ Pauls Book Blog

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‘Buchholz conveys the cosmopolitan feel beautifully. The group of friends at the heart of the novel are a gang, wonderfully realised characters, it is easy to see that they will be the spine of future Chastity Riley novels for good or ill, and I really look forward to that. Blue Night is a fast paced noir that tackles some serious and contemporary issues, while delivering a full on entertainment. Chastity Riley is a strong modern woman, she is affected by the dislocation of the city, but she has her friends, she looks after them, she is formidable and independently minded. When I finished Blue Night I went straight to the web to find out if Buchholz had published any more ‘kriminal roman’ in the Chastity Riley series and she has’ Nudge Books Magazine

 

‘We need a jump start on a career as a hard nose prosecutor so lets just place Chastity in the witness protection program as a man. Sounds about right, anonymously of course! Now we see the powers that be as she’s on the trail of Leipzig and a host of synthetic drugs. The thrill of the chase , that’s until she uncovers her colleague trying to bring down the king pin. She after all is a party gal enjoying her drinks and bars. So nothing left to say but lets get this party started. Set in Hamburg, the allure, the mystery, the intrigue is all hidden by day but lights up at night. This is relatively short read, packs a punch, and leaves you asking what in the heck just happened. Yes, it’s that good’ Donna, NetGallery

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