Cornelia ‘Nele’ Neuhaus is a German author born in 1967. The second of four children, Neuhaus grew up in Paderborn, though the family had to move in the Taunus when she was eleven. Neuhaus studied law, history and German in college. She eventually found a place at an advertising agency in Frankfurt.
Order of Bodenstein & Kirchhoff Series
|1||The Ice Queen||2009|
|2||Snow White Must Die||2010|
|4||Big Bad Wolf||2012|
|5||I Am Your Judge||2014|
|6||The Nele Neuhaus Collection||2015|
Order of Nele Neuhaus Standalone Novels
|1||Swimming with Sharks||2005|
Neuhaus and her husband were married in 1995 and separated in 2011.
Nele Neuhaus’ first book was published on a German self-publishing platform. Among Sharks, a thriller followed a German investment banker in New York and it received great reviews. The positive reader reactions compelled Neuhaus to move forward with “An Unpopular Wife”, her second novel. Neuhaus’ books have made it all the way to the top of many bestseller lists.
Nele Neuhaus has also written under her maiden name Nele Lowenberg.
Neuhaus has made an effort to provide support for organizations that promote reading and writing in children and young people.
Nele Neahaus Awards
Nele Neuhaus isn’t exactly a household name outside German; however, her books have elicited considerable interest from fans all over the world, with the author garnering awards like the Honya Taisho (Grand Prix Booksellers Japan) in the category of Translations and International Literature in 2013.
She was also a nominee for the 2014 Thriller Award.
Nele Neuhaus Books Into Movies/TV
Part of the Bodenstein and Kirchhoff series, Snow White Must Die was adapted into a film in 2013, starring Felicitas Woll as Commissioner Pia Kirchhoff and Tim Bergmann as Bodenstein.
Best Nele Neuhaus Books
For some people, Nele’s books are an acquired taste; while she isn’t the biggest name in her particular genre (though she is massively popular in Germany), Nele Neuhaus has a loyal fandom of readers that love her books, the best of which will include the following:
The Ice Queen: Jossi Goldberg is a 92-year-old holocaust survivor. The American citizen is found dead in his house near Frankfurt, shot execution style. More disturbing is the five-digit number that has been scrawled in his blood at the murder scene.
When the autopsy is carried out, the victim is revealed to have a blood type marker on his arm, like the kind Hitler’s SS once used.
Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are put to the task of unraveling the mystery before them. It was presumed that the old man was Jewish, but the evidence seems to suggest otherwise.
Before Pia and Oliver can make sense of the riddle, two more murder victims draw their attention. One is an old lady bound to a wheelchair and found in a nursing home. The other is a man whose cellar is brimming with Nazi items.
All three murder victims are revealed to have a connection with Vera von Kaltensee; the baroness is a well-respected philanthropist. Head of an old and rich family, and ruling with an iron fist, all three victims were lifelong friends of hers.
Pia and Oliver trace the trail of clues to the final days of World War II, stumbling into a suspicious part of Poland where the investigators learn the truth behind the five-digit number written in blood.
The Ice Queen isn’t universally loved. A few people probably read this book before its predecessors because it was translated at a much earlier date than the books that came before.
The novel features a number of gruesome murders that intertwine with events in World War II. There are a little too many characters here, and that number only grows as the novel progresses, this bogging the story down. It is a little difficult to keep up with everything that happens at the end, and it is easy to see why some people left this book feeling unsatisfied.
Bad Wolf: A 16-year-old girl washes up on a riverbank outside Frankfurt; determining her identity proves difficult because no one comes forward to claim her body. The weeks go by and the police have come no closer to resolving her murder.
That is until a renowned TV reporter is attacked, raped and locked in the trunk of her car; barely alive after the ordeal, the reporter reveals details of her investigation into a Child Welfare Organization.
A child pornography ring comes into play, one that involves individuals from the highest echelons of society. Inspectors Pia and Oliver begin working to connect the two cases, digging beneath the veneer of Bourgeois society to uncover the terrible secret within.
This is one of those books that is only ever enticing when you are reading it; it lacks those elements that make Nele Neuhaus’ books so intriguing; in other words, it doesn’t leave you begging for more, at least not to a point where you think about it even after putting it down.