Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: The Midas Murders by Pieter Aspe

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge, from Open Road Media, via NetGalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

 Back to BrugesThe Midas Murder, Pieter Aspe’s second international bestselling mystery featuring the unstoppable Van In, is now available  in English! Since Van In is a 'police veteran', I decided to include my review of this new book today on Veteran's Day!

Last month, I reviewed the first of the translated Pieter Van In mysteries, The Square of Revenge, and I'm so happy another book has been translated!

 The Midas Murders cover

When we last met Van In in The Square of Revenge, he was tying up a strange kidnapping case of the Degroof family. Now he must race against the clock to thwart a series of terrorist plots against the city he loves.

After two horrific, yet seemingly unrelated deaths occur, followed by an explosion in the middle of a popular tourist area in downtown Bruges, Van In strives to find the connection that pieces them together. But the only clue he has is an anonymous letter to the police, threatening more bombings—unless the city cooperates with a series of demands that would undermine the entire city government. 

Aided by the spunky and beautiful assistant DA, Hannelore Martens, Inspector Van In finds himself enmeshed in the case that threatens not just the lives of countless innocent people, but the heart of the city he loves. 

Review: I was BEYOND happy to revisit Bruges and the Van In troop, and was not disappointed! There are even more webs of deceit and tangles for Van In and his faithful bunch to unravel in this second translated book! To say it is a tangled web, is to say the universe is made of dust! Again Aspe gives us an intellectual murder mystery, with an under dog of a hero. You'll find yourself talking out loud to Pieter a lot while reading this book- not believing where the story is going and then in amazement, about how he kept it all in line and together! I can't wait for more books in the series to be translated!

About the Author: 
Pieter Aspe is the author of a multi-volume detective series starring Inspector Van In, which has produced multiple bestsellers in Europe. Aspe lives in Bruges, Belgium, and is one of the most popular contemporary writers in the Flemish language. His novels have now sold over three million copies in Europe alone. You can learn more about Pieter Aspe and his series (already a popular Flemish television show) on his page here, as well as view a video filmed at his home in Bruges.

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