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Caroline

I liked this a lot as well. It's sad that she seems out of fashion, even in Germany. People read Fitzek and the like, maybe the books are gripping but they are badly written. Noll writes crime but it's literary crime. I wonder if Rendell is less read too.

Liz F

INgrid Noll sounds intriguing. It has been a while since I read a psychological crime novel - I tend to find them too chilly for my tastes - but occasionally I quite enjoy them. I will have to look and see if the library have acquired any of her books - I know they didn't have any last time I looked a year or so ago but I can always hope!
I always preferred Minette Walters to Ruth Rendell or her alter ego Barbara Vine for some reason (although I like the Insp Wexford books) - too high a chill factor I think!

Stefanie

What a fun way to tell the story, from the main character after the fact. I wonder if something like that is harder to do in crime fiction than the more tradition straightforward telling?

Danielle

Do you know if she is still writing books? I've only been able to find the three I've read and had to buy used copies as they are not in print in the US (not sure she was ever even published here). She's very good--suspenseful but with something more to them. I'll have to go back to Ruth Rendell, I guess, and pick up one of my unread books by her.

Danielle

I think it must be the voyeur in me that likes books like these. I love psychological crime novels--but then I read a variety of mysteries--I sort of like them all (except the really violent and bloody stuff). I think she's OOP in the UK, but hopefully your library added something in the interim. I've not read anything by Minettel Walters for years, though I did listen to one of her more recent books on audio and quite enjoyed it. Ruth Rendell is one of my all time favorites--I've read quite a few of her Vine (nearly all of those)/Rendell novels but strangely have not yet gotten to the Wexfords--I did finally start buying them, though. Her books are chilly, though, you're right--often a little stark and filled with morally questionable characters.

Danielle

She certainly loses nothing in not writing from the immediacy of the crime. I'll have to think about this one. I suppose as this is not a traditional mystery/crime novel the moving back and forth in time doesn't seem to make the story suffer. If I recall correctly, this is the only one of her books where the story is told sort of retrospectively.

LizF

It appears that the one copy of an Ingrid Noll book that our county library possessed has vanished so it looks as though I am not destined to read anything of hers anytime soon!


Kathy

I'm very intrigued by this story--it sounds quite different to what I usually read. I will have to see if I can get my hands on anything by her at my library. Like you, I like most sorts of crime and mystery as long as they're not too gory.

Caroline

Yes indeed, she is still publishing. But you don't hear anything about her here.

Danielle

I hate it when that happens. Maybe you'll come across her in a second hand shop. My copies are used and my library didn't carry her work either. Pity she's not more readily available.

Danielle

I have a hard time reading violent stories, too. I don't like the gore. I like suspense, but not when an author is obviously toying with your emotions or goes for the ick factor. Whenever I read a particularly messy crime novel I usually need to follow it up with a cozy mystery!

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