The Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen

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Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

What an interesting, thought provoking book.  It’s the story of a young French engineer, Henri Poincare, who in the 1970’s has designed a dive platform for searching for a sunken ship off the coast of Germany.  While there he meets and falls in love with a German woman named Liesel Kraus who comes from a wealthy industrialist family.  Her family got it’s wealth got it’s start during WWII making steel from Hitler and the Nazis.  Henri is hired by Liesel’s brother to develop a way to extricate gold from old computers, but is troubled by the murky history of the family.  When his adopted uncle, who had survived a concentration camp, dies, Henri is compelled to find out the story of the past that his uncle was never able to talk about.  During his exhaustive research, Henri discovers connections between the Kraus family and the Nazi war effort, through 10 witnesses, who are now strangely dying off, declared that Otto Kraus, the family patriarch, had been of great help to the Jewish slaves who worked in the mills.

Along the way Henri has questions not only about the Kraus family, but about his own ethics as well.  Is the expedient thing also the right thing, or is that only something he tells himself?  How Henri deals with the truths he discovers was as fascinating as the mysteries he solved.

This book is a prequel to the author’s previous book, All Cry Chaos, in which Henri is an older man, working for Interpol and on the verge of retirement.  I hadn’t heard of this book before, but I will have to read it now that I have read this!

 

Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel) By Emily Kimelman

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Published: September 26th 2011 by Createspace

Series: A Sydney Rye Series #1

Literary Awards: Awesome Indie of the Year (2011)

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Huge thank you to the author for sending me her book for review!  I found Emily on goodreads.com and the cover art of this book really caught my eye.  Emily will be featured in the month of August and I will be doing an interview with her, so keep an eye out! 🙂

Like I said, the cover caught my eye right in the beginning.  I don’t typically judge books by their covers, but do have to say, if the cover catches my eye, I’m going to pick it up and see what it’s all about!  So glad I got my paws on this one!

The story starts us out with meeting the main character, Joy Humbolt.  She feels like she is at a dead end job working for a little coffee shop.  On this particular day we meet Joy, she has just told off a customer and her boss, landing her with being fired, leaving Joy sort of on the happy side.

It’s been a long few days for Joy, she lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend and adopts a dog named Blue.  When an opportunity is presented to take over a dog-walking business for upper-crust clients, it’s as though it is to good to be true.  As we find out in the story, it is.  Joy gets caught up in a murder investigation that will literally change her life. Joy’s curiosity get’s the best of her and she starts investigating the situation on her own.  Someone wants Joy out of the picture, but she and Blue are not going down without a fight.

This story was very well written and kept me wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next.  Joy’s character was wonderful.  Learning new little bits of information that she finds out, keeps Joy struggling to understand what she has gotten herself into.

There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you wanting more!  I especially loved the ending, but I will not spoil it for any of you!  This is the first book in the Sydney Rye series, if you like a good crime mystery then you will love this!