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The Northern Cross (A Baltic Sea Crime Novel Book 2) by [Falkenberg, Hendrik]
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A mysterious wooden cross appears on a hilltop, towering over the craggy Baltic Sea coastline. The body of a young man hangs from the cross, nailed by the hands and feet.

Detective Johannes “Hannes” Niehaus arrives at the scene, hoping to make quick work of this grisly case and prove himself to his new partner. But this is not a simple incident of religious fanaticism. The killer’s motive proves elusive, and the tracks are well covered. As Hannes digs for clues, more people find themselves in danger. But are the victims innocent, or have their past behaviors instigated the crimes? Hannes works closely with colleagues and a new love interest as he rushes to find the link between the fallen man’s untimely demise and a series of new offenses.

With misleading evidence and an eclectic cast of suspects, Hannes leaves no stone unturned—but can he protect others from this merciless killer?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5541 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (11 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Todd Simpson TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 October 2016
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If you like Murder Mystery’s then you will love this book. Henrik Falkenberg has done a fabulous job with such a great range of very diverse characters, and a unique plot. Johannes Niehaus was in the National Canoe Team which his boss Chief Detective Henning Federsen wasn’t too thrilled about. Mind you Henning didn’t seem to like very much at all, and hence not too many people liked him in return. Unfortunately this made Johannes job as a detective that much harder, and especially since his previous boss was such a good bloke. Too bad he ended up in prison. No sooner has Johannes walked back into work, when he and Henning are called out to a murder on a remote beach. Alexander Kramer was found by a couple of fishermen, and it was certainly not a straight forward murder. They found him nailed to a cross, and from what forensics can tell, he had probably there for a couple of days before he died. It doesn’t take long for Johannes to find out that Alexander was a porn star, and in his last movie he dressed up as a priest, and was pretending to be nailed to a cross. So to find yourself nailed to a cross in real life was someone’s idea of justice. Now the Media are calling it the Jesus murder. Three days after his death, there is another murder. Sylvia Bohm is found poisoned, and she just happened to know Alexander. Throw in a Religious group, an abortion and an unhappy husband, it’s not going to easy to find out who is responsible for both murders. I really did enjoy this book from the first page, right through to the last page. A very entertaining and captivating read.
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Love this series and hope the next books will also be translated so I can read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK for me. 19 October 2016
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I won this Kindle freebie in a Goodreads Giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review it. Though I haven't read the first in this series, I feel that reading it would have helped me to understand a few continuing plot lines. Hannes Niehaus is part of a team of police officers who respond to a murder - by crucifixion. The case leads Hannes through a lot of twists and turns and into a controversial religious group. I got lost a few times because of the translation between German to English. This is more of a police procedural book set against the Baltic Sea. It was an OK read for me.
3.0 out of 5 stars Meandering investigating by Police Team - just NOT inspiring respect for hard charging, intelligent investigation/apprehension. 3 April 2017
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With ninety reviewers arriving at a score of 4.1 I expected this writers to be better. Hannes' love life was a lot more involving than his endless re-appreciations of the "evidence so far".
The start is exciting, which makes the plodding investigation and stereo typical "boss"-irascible and often wrong- wearisome rather than interesting.
Subsequent actions by perp of the opening "cross"sequence get the members of "New Age" clucking- including several deaths have the "Team" whizzing about, but by then I knew that all would be revealed very late on and there were many pages until the reader could close this saga.
I nearly skipped them. Although I was a defender of rapists and murderers and many much less serious offenders for 39 years I still like a good investigation with plenty revealed in the process. Hennes was quite unlike the dour and dogged cops of my working life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The intense and clever plot kept me immersed in the book 2 November 2016
By Sandra Merlo - Published on
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I have a love/hate relationship with books whose compelling stories keep me up at night. The Northern Cross certainly did that. Perhaps one thing that makes the characters so real may be because the lead detective is loosely based on the author's own interests. It is refreshing to read about police detectives who are committed to finding out the truth, no matter what it takes. Strongly recommend reading both books in the series. The locale is one I know slightly and that makes it even more fun to let the story sink in.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Religion ? 11 November 2016
By George Burns - Published on
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This is the second outing for part-time German detective Johannes Niehaus. He and his colleagues are confronted by a crucified victim. There are some interesting episodes and Niehaus and his friends are engaging. Niehaus has the special problems of a delicate stomach and a tendency to blush. The book has more serious problems : there are too many investigators and suspects to keep track of and the means of and motive for the murders are not believable.
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked the first Hannes Neihaus book better 7 May 2017
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Liked the first book in this series better; Fritz was a more interesting and believable lead detective than Federson. Federson seemed overdrawn to the point of caricature, apparently to provide opposition for Hannes to struggle against. Also found it a bit cliche that the secular humanist and non-traditional-religious characters' worldviews were consistently presented in a much more positive light than those of the characters from organized and traditional religious groups. On a side note, it did not seem believable that a "devout Catholic" would up and join a fire-and-brimstone Protestant sect. But I still did like Hannes' character, and many of the secondary characters -- his fellow investigators, and his new love.