Margaret de Rohan Night Train to Berlin

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‘Are you going to Scarborough Fair?’ This is the question a stranger asks a woman at Les Invalides in Paris. She spontaneously responds with the next line of the English folk song, and the man walks away without a further word. Ten minutes later he is seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident nearby which witnesses say looked deliberate. Who is this man? Why does he seem fixated on something due to happen in Berlin on the 15th March: the Ides of March about which Julius Caesar was warned prior to his assassination in 44BC? And what is the connection with the Scarborough Fair folk song and Simon and Garfunkel in New York in 1985? The woman’s husband, Chief Inspector Philippe Maigret of the Police Nationale de Paris, fears that what the man said was the mistaken approach of a spy – or a terrorist – and that his wife’s life is now in danger. Who was this man’s real contact? And why was he being followed by someone with links to a Middle Eastern country’s security services? When his wife and grandson disappear from the overnight train from Paris to Berlin less than a week later, Chief Inspector Maigret steps up his investigation with the help of Chief Inspector Clive Scott from Scotland Yard and they race through Europe to get their answers in a new Jaguar ‘borrowed’ from the British Embassy in Paris... Can Scarborough Fair really be in Berlin? And can it take place on the Ides of March? All will be revealed in this gripping thriller that will appeal to lovers of suspense and Francophiles alike.
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  • Margaret de Rohan - Night Train to Berlin

    Night Train to Berlin

    miss_mesmerized

    15. June 2016 um 19:57

    The correct answer to a strange question and a whole set of events is set into motion. Megan does not have the faintest idea of what she has triggered a couple of days before she is leaving Paris to spend some days in Berlin with her grandson. Her husband., Chief Inspector with the French police, soon will find out what his wife actually did and that she is in danger. When wife and grandson disappear from their train, the situation becomes critical and international cooperation is necessary not only to free them but to prevent one of the most horrible attacks on the German capital.Margaret de Rohan’s novel is declared a thriller, yet thrill can hardly be found. Of course there is a crime story, some spying and international entanglement, but to me the novel lacked suspense throughout the story. One reason might be that I was constantly wondering about unbelievable facts. How can grandparents still be quite fit and work full time when they already have teenage grandchildren? And how can they have those grandchildren when they had not even met 30 years before? There is some side story in the German town of Neuwied – I still wonder how you manage to get there on your way from Paris to Berlin, it does not make sense at all, neither by car nor by train. And that you cannot make any phone call with your mobile if you do not have an Wi-Fi – sorry, with only the slightest technical knowledge I know that this is complete nonsense. Last point to mention: a French policeman staying at the hotel Adlon? Who should pay for the best and most expensive hotel in the whole country? The number of these small remarks that made me wonder and they took away most of the fun and annoyed me. Additionally, the characters did not really make the impression of being fully elaborated, too many details just did not fit. All in all, I am disappointed because from the description I had high expectations which were not fulfilled at all.

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