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Murder Farm
by Andrea Maria Schenkel
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Quercus, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Bavaria. 1922. On a remote farm, a whole family is brutally murdered with a pickaxe! It's dubbed the Murder Farm, and newspapers are ablaze with the story of a whole family found slaughtered. Yet no suspect stands out. The police have no strong leads and so have no idea how to find the vicious killer.

A previous resident of the small village returns home to collect evidence and to try to solve the case that has haunted the whole area for years. The Murder Farm is written as though we are listening to one person's recollections as we read a third-person narrative. This book is based on the true story of the unsolved murder.

This is Andrea Marie Schenkel's take on what happened at the Murder Farm. It was an award-winning debut as well as an internationally bestselling book. The story is hard to read and the denouement is even harder. It has been compared to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. But The Murder Farm stands on its own.

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