Here’s Sand in your Eye!

Maths and physics student Lenny has decided to propose to his girlfriend Zoe on their holiday in the South of France. But then the ring falls into the pool just as he is offering it to her! When Zoe appears supremely unmoved by Lenny's proposal and his gift despite the huge effort involved in ...


Midhusbandry

Nils, 27, lives for his drum kit and his rock band, getting by as a hearing-aid dispenser's assistant while he waits for his big break. In the meantime, his relationship is in a state of crisis. Charlotte loves her job as a midwife, her chipmunk Maya-and of course Nils-but ...


Four Legs in the Way of Love

Thirty-two year old Florian dangles a baited hook in the waters of a Cologne daily paper's lonely hearts section. He owns a chaotically untidy flat and a motorbike he hasn't paid off yet, he's got an irritating mother and two really close friends. So what's missing? A ...


Twilight of the Gods

The third case for criminal profiler Wencke Tydmers

Wencke Tydmers has to go to Iceland to stand in for her boss at a symposium - but as things stand, the criminal profiler really has no time for this kind of thing. Her job is on the line, her lover's wife is just about to have a baby, and who's supposed to take care of her son ...


Valada's Sunken Gardens

Cordoba, 11th century AD: the great caliphate era is drawing to a close, but Cordoba still shines with imperial splendour. Princess Valada, daughter of Caliph Muhammad III, grows up in a time of power struggles, but also a time of unusually great freedom. Following the murder of her ...


The War of the Doves

Criminal profiler Wencke Tydmers' second case

On the banks of Lake Pinnow in East Germany, a pool of blood is congealing on the floor of a brutally wrecked clubhouse owned by the notorious Devil Doves motorcycle gang. But there is no trace of a body. DNA analysis identifies the blood as that of Leo Kellerbach, hotshot solicitor and ...


Death's Bride

Even when she's asleep, she looks guilty…

... Shameless. Stripped of petals like a rose… Shirin Talabani, 31, is dead. The strangulation marks on the Kurdish single mother's throat speak for themselves. Suspicion immediately falls on her ...


Federico

Nobody would have thought that the grandson of Barbarossa who grew up in the narrow streets of Palermo would become such a famous Emperor. Frederic the Second of Hohenstaufen (1194 to 1250) impressed his contemporaries as an outstanding and versatile personality. He was a statesman of high talent, ...

Broadway instead of Camino de Santiago

Deceleration in a Different Way

Adventure instead of midlife crisis!

"I didn't need a sabbatical; I needed a new challenge."

What do you do when you find yourself on the verge of a midlife crisis? Retreat into monastic silence? Adopt a strict regimen of fasting and long hikes? Early retirement? Booooooring!


The Other Kosmos

70 texts, 70 places, 70 years: 1789 - 1859

Renaissance man, scientist, citizen of the world, first environmental activist, international publicist His articles and essays were distributed around the world in an extraordinary manner: over 1,000 texts in fourteen languages in 30 scholarly disciplines in 250 media platforms ...

Scorched Almonds

How Climate Change Is Reaching Our Kitchen Tables

What foods will the future serve up?

We've become blithely accustomed to a whole range of foods and drinks due to their ready availability: from staples such as meat, early crop potatoes, cereals, coffee and tea to almonds, tomatoes, citrus fruit and red wine. But this agreeable ...

Rights sold: France

If it Hadn’t Been for Luther

The downside of the Reformation

How would German-and indeed European-history have turned out if it hadn't been for Martin Luther? In Luther's day, the Renaissance and humanist movements had evolved critical thinking to spawn a more self-confident conception of mankind. Luther's critique had an electrifying impact on the whole ...