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Detective Lotte Meerman is convinced the death of Frank Stapel a painter and decorator isn't an accident after she and his widow Tessa find a sk. I hadn t read the original book before this but it is uite well explained at the start In the first book Lotte gets in to a relationship with the eventual murderer and is shot at the climax So at the start of this one she comes back to work and needs to prove herself again to her colleagues There is a body who seems to have died accidentally until some bones are found in his left luggage locker at Amsterdam Central which complicates the situation What follows is a pretty average police procedural One thing that did annoy me apparently for the second book in the series is that Lotte ended up sleeping with one of the suspects again In this one he wasn t guilty at the end but was arrested and suspected for a short time It is not an unusual trope to have the detective get emotionally involved with a suspect but not in every book I won t bother reading another one of these

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A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central

Eleton in a sports bag in his left luggage locker at Amsterdam Central train station The remains date from the Second World War and Lotte's coll. 455 StarsAnja de Jager is an undiscovered gem Her characterisation is fantastic creating very memorable and realistic characters even if they only appear in one or two scenes She also effortlessly evokes an image of Amsterdam and gives us a clear image of the setting something some of the best authors struggle to do At first I was worried because there weren t many suspects so it limited the options of who was responsible for what I read a lot of murder mysteries and often manage to figure out the killer and thought at the start I had figured it out I m glad to say I was completely off target and was pleasantly surprised by all the revelations in the conclusion of the novel I also really appreciated the introduction of Francine s grandfather because even after years of learning about WWII I never had known the repercussions it had on the children of Dutch Nazis That was eye opening for me and definitely something that made this book stand out from the other murder mysteries I have readMy one problem with this book was that the reveal of the killer seemed very anti climactic However this ended up not even being the big reveal of the novel and there was still a nice twist to it that make it easy to forgive this I also wish that some of the characters from the previous book such as Lotte s father Hans and Stefanie could have made an appearance because I remember loving them in the first book However the new characters introduced were still very compelling and interesting in their own ways so this was not an actual problem just something I personally would have loved to see I will definitely be recommending this series to as many people as possible because Anja de Jager s captivating writing style and clever story telling make all of these reads effortless I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next Lotte Meerman novel and cannot wait to see what else de Jager has in store for us

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Eagues consider it of minor importance until forensic tests show that amongst the bones is the arm bone of a crime boss who recently went missin. This was book 2 in the series but the relevance to the book 1 plot was clearly explained Once again we have a detective who needs to behave impeccably at work because of the book 1 plot aftermath but still decides to go it alone get involved with persons of interest in a case and generally act like the typical maverick cop I found the protagonist Lotte unconvincing at times and struggled to believe that she was a top notch police officer If I d been her boss she d have been on a Final Warning The other characters too came across as diluted as did the plot as there was no feeling of suspense or tension for me and the storyline was lacklustre This was an easy read but not a book I d recommend On the plus side I did learn a lot about Amsterdam and how WWII affected its citizens both of which were interesting


10 thoughts on “A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central

  1. says:

    Detective Lotte Meerman is back at work and while she has recovered well from being shot the scar and the memories have far from faded and despite the fact that she has been cleared by Internal Investigations she is acutely aware that she can't afford to make any mistakes on this case But that's easier said than done The death of F

  2. says:

    I hadn't read the original book before this but it is uite well explained at the start In the first book Lotte gets in to a relationship with the eventual murderer and is shot at the climax So at the start of this one she comes back t

  3. says:

    This book took me ages to get thru I will admit for the most part the last third of it was uite interesting but the story consistently referred back to a previous case and a previous story only illuminating tiny slivers of

  4. says:

    A crime novel somewhat out of the ordinary Set in Amsterdam everyone's favourite city the protagonist is a middle aged detective whose conscience appears burdened with secrets and their conseuences which are revealed as the novel progresses The

  5. says:

    455 StarsAnja de Jager is an undiscovered gem Her characterisation is fantastic creating very memorable and realistic characters even if they only appear in one or two scenes She also effortlessly evokes an image of Amsterdam and gives us a clear image of the setting something some of the best authors struggle to do At first I was

  6. says:

    I was excited to read this book because I always like to read crime from different countries This one was slow and didn’t really keep me on the edge For me it’s very important in a book that it causes that ”wow I coul

  7. says:

    This was book 2 in the series but the relevance to the book 1 plot was clearly explained Once again we have a detective who needs to behave impeccably at work because of the book 1 plot aftermath but still decides to go it alone get involved with persons of interest in a case and generally act like the typical maverick cop I found the protagonist Lotte unconvincing at times and struggled to believe that she was a top

  8. says:

    A man falls to his death on a building site and his widow finds out that he had stored a skeleton in the left luggage lockers at Amsterdam Central However it transpires that not all the skeleton is from the same person This is the second cold case novel featuring Detective Lotte Meerman Here she endeavours to dis

  9. says:

    One always wants to read whodunnits taking place at the city they live in plus have a lady detective as their main character The story unfolds uite well although at some point certain things don't make sense I liked the part of the unearthed skeletons especially the World War II part However I had problems connecting with any of the characters in the book why does everybody have to be damaged through and thro

  10. says:

    The main reason for reading this book was to see how it depicted the Dutch and the Netherlands today In this respect the writer did a good job The background is realistic and believable Similarly the story is realistic a web that u