A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell

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Tor Forge Books, July 2011. 320 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7653-2733-8.

A Game of Lies is the third book in the mystery series featuring journalist Hannah Vogel. The action takes place in Berlin during the 1936 Summer Olympics. Hannah Vogel travels in and out Germany posing as Adelheid Zinsli a Swiss reporter and lover of an SS officer Lars Lang, while working as a courier for the British intelligence. Her mission is to smuggle to Switzerland two rolls of film that Lars will give her. But these are hard times and no one knows who to trust.

“Lars and I pretend to be lovers, a fiction he enjoyed, and every few moths, we switched off weekends, in our home cities of Berlin and Zurich. But instead of a few days, my editor has insisted that this time I stay in Berlin for a full two weeks to cover the Olympic Games.”

“… the original plan, stay in Berlin, cover the Games for the paper, pick up the film Lars had secreted in a locker somewhere, and then go back to Switzerland and meet my British contact”.

While attending the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium together with Lars and Lars’s best friend Andreas Huber, Hannah slips away to meet her mentor Peter Weil.

“Peter claimed to have uncovered something that would change the course of the war we were both certain would come. Thousands of lives were at stake, he said.”

But shortly after asking her to bring out of the country a certain package, Peter collapses in front of her. Hannah suspects he’s been poisoned. Now she must find the package and leave Germany before the Olympics end and her true identity is revealed. Surrounded by colleagues who can identify her, she has to keep a low profile while her relationship with Lars becomes more complicated as he sinks into alcoholism.

“The Games lasted only two more weeks, and I might be able to keep him sober until the end of it. But if I could not, how much was I at risk from him? If he chose to, he could hurt me quite badly, or kill me, without having to fear the consequences.”

A Game of Lies provides a vivid description of the time period in which the action unfolds. The story is well documented and keeps the reader attention. I found the book quite entertaining, a compelling read.

I’ve read an ARC that was sent to me by Norman at Crime Scraps. You can read the whole story HERE andHERE. I’m most grateful Norman, thanks. I’ll count this book as the second leg for The Seventh Continent (history) in Dorte’s 2011 Global Reading Challenge.

Rebecca Cantrell’s debut novel and her first book in the series, A Trace of Smoke, was the winner of the 2010 Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award and of the 2010 Sue Federer Historical Mystery Award (Macavity), and it was nominated for the 2010 Barry Award. Her second book,A Night of Long Knives, was nominated for the 2011 Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery Award. A Game of Lies completes her pre-war trilogy. She is planning to follow up with a war trilogy starting with her fourth book A City of Broken Glass, to be completed with a post-war trilogy.

A Game of Lies has been reviewed by Norman at Crime Scraps, and you can also check for some customer reviews and search inside the book at Amazon.com.

A Game of Lies (Un juego de mentiras) de Rebecca Cantrell

A Game of Lies es el tercer libro de la serie de misterio protagonizado por la periodista Hannah Vogel. La acción se desarrolla en Berlín durante los Juegos Olímpicos de 1936. Hannah Vogel entra y sale de Alemania haciéndose pasar por Adelheid Zinsli una periodista suiza y amante de un oficial de las SS Lars Lang, mientras trabaja como mensajera para la inteligencia británica. Su misión es la de pasar de contrabando a Suiza dos rollos de película que Lars le dará. Pero estos son tiempos difíciles y nadie sabe en quién confiar.

Cuando asiste a la ceremonia de inauguración en el Estadio Olímpico junto con Lars y el mejor amigo de Lars Andreas Huber, Hannah se escabulle para reunirse con su mentor Peter Weil. Pero poco después de pedirle que saque del país cierto paquete, Peter se desploma delante de ella. Hannah sospecha que ha sido envenenado. Y ahora debe encontrar el paquete y salir de Alemania antes de que termine la Olimpíada y su verdadera identidad sea descubierta. Rodeada de compañeros que pueden identificarla, ella tiene que mantener un perfil bajo, mientras que su relación con Lars se complica a medida que éste se sumerge en el alcohol.

A Game of Lies proporciona una viva descripción del período de tiempo en el que se desarrolla la acción. La historia está bien documentado y mantiene la atención del lector. He encontrado el libro muy entretenido, una lectura convincente.

Rebecca Cantrell hizo su debut con A Trace of Smoke (Un rastro de humo, Duomo ediciones 2010), el primero de la serie, que obtuvo el Premio  Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery en el 2010 y el Premio Sue Federer Historical Mystery Award (Macavity) del mismo año. Además fue nominado para el Premio Barry. Su segundo libro, A Night of Long Knives, fue nominado para el Premio Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery en el 2011. A Game of Lies completa su trilogía de la pre-guerra. Tiene intención de continuar con otra trilogía de la guerra a partir de su próximo libro, A City of Broken Glass, que se completará con una trilogía de la posguerra.

6 thoughts on “A Game of Lies by Rebecca Cantrell”

  1. José Ignacio – I’m very glad you enjoyed this novel, and thank you for the well-written review. I happen to really like historical mysteries, and the Hannah Vogl series is definitely a good one.

  2. I have only read the first Hannah Vogel mystery yet, but I will get there before or later. And I can also thank Norman for making me aware of the series; I won the first one from him 🙂

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