Mexico Street – Simone Buchholz

Hamburg state prosecutor Chastity Riley investigates a series of arson attacks on cars across the city, which leads her to a startling and life-threatening discovery involving criminal gangs and a very illicit love story…

Night after night, cars are set alight across the German city of Hamburg, with no obvious pattern, no explanation and no suspect.

Until, one night, on Mexico Street, a ghetto of high-rise blocks in the north of the city, a Fiat is torched. Only this car isn’t empty. The body of Nouri Saroukhan – prodigal son of the Bremen clan – is soon discovered, and the case becomes a homicide.

Public prosecutor Chastity Riley is handed the investigation, which takes her deep into a criminal underground that snakes beneath the whole of Germany. And as details of Nouri’s background, including an illicit relationship with the mysterious Aliza, emerge, it becomes clear that these are not random attacks, and there are more on the cards…

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Review

Having devoured Blue Night and Beton Rouge, I was so psyched to hear the Simone was releasing another in the Chastity Riley series! I was even more psyched when a copy fell through my door, courtesy of the ever wonderful Karen!

It was great to be back in Chastity’s world. I think she may be my favourite fictional character. She is flawed, rough around the ages and fucking hilarious!

The story was fantastically well written but I’d love to talk about the writing as a whole. Simone has a way with words that no one can possibly ever hope to imitate. It feels like what I imagine reading abstract art feels like. And I mean that in the best way possible. Who else could make someone burning in a car funny?

Huge props must also go to Rachel Ward who has the enviable/unenviable job of translating Simone’s German to English. What a great job 👍

It can be read as a standalone; but I’d implore you to start from the start of the series if you can! Once again, Simone has written a funny, edge of your seat thriller with a bit of love thrown in there too. She really is master of all trades!!

Big up to Anne and Karen for the copies. And to you, Simone, for keeping me hugely entertained!

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Simone Buchholz was born in Hanau in 1972. At university, she studied Philosophy and Literature, worked as a waitress and a columnist, and trained to be a journalist at the prestigious Henri-Nannen-School in Hamburg. In 2016, Simone Buchholz was awarded the Crime Cologne Award as well as runner-up in the German Crime Fiction Prize for Blue Night, which was number one on the KrimiZEIT Best of Crime List for months. She lives in Sankt Pauli, in the heart of Hamburg, with her husband and son.

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