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Fresh Pick / October 14, 2010

Hannah Vogel #1 May 2009 On Sale: May 12, 2009 Featuring: Hannah Vogel 304 pages ISBN: 0765320444 EAN: 9780765320445 Hardcover $24.95 Add to Wish List Mystery Woman Sleuth Buy at A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel. The Barry and Macavity Awards will be announced at the opening ceremonies of Bouchercon 2010 in San Francisco. A Trace Of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell Even though hardened crime reporter Hannah Vogel knows all too well how tough it is to survive in 1931 Berlin, she is devastated when she sees a photograph of her brother’s body posted in the Hall of the Unnamed Dead. Ernst, a cross-dressing lounge singer at a seedy nightclub, had many secrets, a never-ending list of lovers, and plenty of opportunities to get into trouble. Hannah delves into the city’s dark underbelly to flush out his murderer, but the late night arrival of a five-year-old orphan on her doorstep complicates matters. The endearing Anton claims that Hannah is his mother… and that her dead brother Ernst is his father. As her investigations into Ernst’s murder and Anton’s parentage uncover political intrigue and sex scandals in the top ranks of the rising Nazi party, Hannah fears…

Rebecca Cantrell | Like a First Love, Berlin Never Lets You Go…
Uncategorized / May 13, 2009

“Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!” sings Sally Bowles in Cabaret, the movie musical set in 1931 Berlin. Who wouldn’t want to hear the singers? Watch the scantily clad dancers? Try to guess who was a woman and who was just dressed like one? Taste illegal absinthe? So I went. My novel, A TRACE OF SMOKE, is set in the world of 1931 Berlin. It’s where cabaret nightingale Ernst Vogel, the murder victim, flitted from one dangerous man to the next. Need to know more? Of course you do, so read on… Visit to learn more about books and authors.