A Place To Die By Dorothy James Review

February 17, 2012

A Place To Die By Dorothy JamesTribute Books asked me to be a part of their blog tour for A Place To Die.  It sounded like an interesting book so I agreed and they sent me a free copy.

The book is a mystery. It introduces Inspector Georg Büchner who is investigating the murder of one of the residents of the retirement home.

When I first started reading it I thought I had messed up. It seemed really slow and there didn’t really seem to be much story there.

By the time I got to the end of the second chapter though I was getting hooked and by the end of the third I was pretty much caught up into it.

I’m not really sure exactly why. The book is very slow paced and not much really excitng happens. There are no chase scenes and no fights…just normal people being people.

They turned out to be really interesting people though. Mostly old people who have chocsen to move into what is really a very fancy retirement/nursing home. One for people with money.

Some of them can still mostly take care of themselves. Others need more help. And quite a few of them have secrets.

Which I suppose isn’t really surprising considering that all old people were once young…and maybe not so smart.

The ending surprised me too. I ended up really liking this book. It was a nice change from the more action packed books I usually read.

From The Back Cover:

Eleanor and Franz Fabian arrive from New York to spend Christmas with Franz’s mother in her sedate retirement home in the Vienna Woods. Their expectations are low: at best, boredom, at worst, run-of-the-mill family friction. But when the wealthy, charming Herr Graf is found dead in his apartment with an ugly head wound, the Fabians are thrust into a homicide investigation. Some residents and staff have surprising connections to the dead man, but who would have wanted to kill him? Inspector Büchner tracks down the murderer against a backdrop of Viennese history from the Nazi years to the present day. Witty, suspenseful, lyrical, this is a literary whodunit that will keep you guessing till the last page.

About The Author :

Dorothy James was born in Wales and grew up in the South Wales Valleys.  Writer, editor, and translator, she has published short stories as well as books and articles on German and Austrian literature.  She has taught at universities in the U.S., England, and Germany, makes her home now in Brooklyn and often spends time in Vienna and Berlin.  She wrote A Place to Die in her attic apartment on the edge of the Vienna Woods.  She has travelled far from Wales, but has not lost the Welsh love of playing with language; she writes poems for pleasure as does Chief Inspector Büchner, the whimsical Viennese detective who unravels the first mystery in this new series of novels.

You can connect with Vienna Mysteries on Facebook and the Vienna Mysteries website or follow Dorothy James @ValleyVoice on Twitter.

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1 Dorothy James February 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

Thank you so much for joining in the blog tour, and for presenting my book so well. Very glad you persisted with it and ended up liking it! Hope to see more of your blog.

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2 Nicole Langan February 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Elle, thanks for taking the time to read and review Dorothy’s book. You’re right – sometimes you don’t need big, blockbuster action sequences when the characters are interesting enough on their own, and I’m glad Dorothy’s were.

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3 Julianne February 20, 2012 at 3:27 AM

That sounds like an interesting read that will keep me up all night reading. I got to have a copy of this.
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4 Dorothy James February 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Great, Juliane, sure hope you get a copy and enjoy it! Let me know.

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5 Melissa Lawler February 25, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I like interesting old people!
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6 Melissa February 25, 2012 at 7:33 PM

This sounds like an awesome book. Fantastic review!

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7 Heather ~ Acting Balanced Mom February 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Sounds like an interesting new premise! My grandparents live in a retirement facility like you’ve described and I’m sure there are secrets and intrigues there… ;-)

Thanks for introducing me to a new author!

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8 Elle
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February 27, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Yea that is a scary thought isn’t it? If my grandmother had been in a place like that…she would have had all the old men fighting over her!
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9 Katie Smith February 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

man I wish I had more time to read, thanks for sharing this book

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10 Dorothy James February 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Thanks a lot for comments, Melissa, Heather, Katie! If you get to read the book, I hope you’ll let me know how you like it. And thanks again to Elle for hosting me on this blog tour and giving me a chance to meet your readers!
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