The Devil’s Snares

A strong woman. A powerful man. Linked by a seemingly unsolvable puzzle.

Pirna, 1541. The number of mysterious deaths are multiplying, almost as if the Devil himself has a hand in them. Nineteen-year-old Sophia has just returned to her hometown, grown up into a young woman ...

Volume: 1

Immortality Isn’t a Solution Either

A Goethe-Schiller disaster

In 2014, the crisis-shaken book market causes even the sales of works by German classics Goethe and Schiller to plummet, which is why their publisher Cotta sends the two gentlemen (now 265 and 255 years old) on a reading tour. The itinerary will culminate in an open-air reading of Faust. Only ...

Red Raven

The spy inside your own borders
In late summer 1951, Detective inspector Heller and his family are returning to Dresden from their state-authorized vacation on the Baltic Sea. His wife Karin will be leaving again immediately, having unexpectedly received permission to visit ...
Volume: 4

The Bone Thieves of San Marco

"You sat in the Doge's prison, your family fortune was seized. And then you were suddenly back again. From what they say, you are now a powerful man."

1570. Carnevale - All of Venice has gone crazy! The city is one single boisterous party, a tremendous orgy. However, Davide Venier ...

Volume: 2

The Doge’s Spy

His name is Venier. Davide Venier.

Venice, 1570: Davide Venier, a respected businessman, loses his entire fortune overnight and is sentenced to ten years in the notorious lead chambers, the Serenissima's state prison. Here he meets Hasan the Ottoman, who becomes his chess partner, ...

Volume: 1

Nighttime at Ascanian Square

Leo Wechsler's sixth case

Berlin, 1928. A dead man is found in the shed behind the Ascanian High School, which is located right next door to the variete and sensationalist theater, The Cabaret of Evil. Here the theater owner puts his severe facial injuries from the war on shocking display. Shortly before the body is ...

Volume: 6

Saving an Entire World

A Jewish girl, an Arab doctor - an amazing story

New York City, late 1990s. At a family reunion, Bella Servos recalls her childhood growing up in a Jewish family in Berlin, but hardly anyone is interested in listening to her memories. Time and history have left her behind, ...


Good morning, Mr. Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was one of the greatest musicians and music patrons of the Romantic movement. Grandson of the great philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, he came from a respected, well-to-do Jewish family that converted to Christianity. His Grand Tour took him not to the "classically" ...


The Mandrake’s Heart

1492: Having narrowly escaped being burned at the stake in Ravensburg, midwife Luzia Gassner is studying medicine at the prestigious Montpellier University disguised as a man. With her cover in danger of being blown, she escapes to her home town on the shores of Lake Constance in the most ...


Murder in Babelsberg

Leo Wechsler's fourth case

Berlin 1926. The body of a woman is discovered in the courtyard of an elegant residential block in Kreuzberg. She has been stabbed to death with a shard of red glass. The dead woman happens to be Superintendant Wechsler's former lover Marlene Dornow, whom he hasn't seen for years. He doesn't ...

Volume: 4

The Girl at the Piano

The setting is Leipzig at the turn of the 19 th century: an ambitious and at times tyrannical piano teacher and music shop owner, Friedrich Wieck is set on turning his second-born daughter Clara into a musical prodigy. Clara certainly has the talent and the determination. A virtuoso ...


The Plantation

South Carolina, 1781. Antonia Lorimer is a young widow living alone on her plantation, Legacy, which has been devastated over the course of the American War of Independence. She has made it her business to rebuild the estate and nurse William Marshall, a British soldier, back to health. Antonia ...