If you love historical fiction and mysteries, you'll love Rebecca Cantrell's A Trace of Smoke, the first book in the Hannah Vogel hsitorical mystery series. It was set in the 1930s in Germany. Hannah Vogel was a crime reporter under the guide of Peter Weill. Her brother Ernst was missing. She was looking for clues to finding him. Everywhere she looked, there was danger. There were people after him. She also fell in love with Boris Kreuse and came across surprises that her brother left behind, while her friend Sarah borrowed her passport to get to America. Without giving it away, she came across Anton, a small boy who claims Hannah as his mother and her brother was her father, according to the birth certificate. While protecting him and finding out her brother's death, dangers closed in on her, when the Nazis were after her and the truth from Ernst Rohm's secret identity. What an adrenalin rush as Hannah plans to escape everyone behind in Germany and freedom to the UK.
This was a terrific historical mystery. I cared for Hannah Vogel and her journey to look for her long-lost presumed dead brother. I did swoon a tiny bit for Boris as she did. I loved the backdrop of the World War I in Europe where this took place. It was the perfect backdrop for it in location and setting. This had a lot of mystery, intrigue and suspense packed into one fantastic novel with great action and plenty of drama, too.
Will you follow the trace of smoke? If so, give it a go today!
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