(Cara Walden Mystery, #2)
Publication date: September 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Mystery
Budapest: 1956. Newlywed Cara Walden’s brother Zoltán has disappeared in the middle of the Hungarian revolution, harboring a deadly wartime secret. Will Cara or the Soviets find him first?
Cutting short her honeymoon in Paris to rescue a sibling she’s never met was not Cara’s idea, but her husband Jakub has a reckless streak, and she is too much in love to question his judgment. Together with her older brother Gray, they venture behind the Iron Curtain, seeking clues to Zoltán’s whereabouts among his circle of fellow dissidents, all victims of the recently overthrown Communist regime. One of them betrayed him, and Cara realizes that the investigation has put every person they’ve met at risk. Inadvertently, they’ve also unmasked a Russian spy, who is now tailing them in the hope that they will lead him to Zoltán.
The noir film of Graham Greene’s The Third Man inspires Lisa Lieberman’s historical thriller. Burning Cold features a compelling female protagonist who comes to know her own strength in the course of her adventures.
It is always impressive when an author writes a book that is thoroughly researched. There is a lot of historical fiction out there to read, most of which is more fiction and less history. It's hard to combine the two and make it authentic. Lisa Lieberman has woven a story that captures your interests from the start. Her characters are likable, and her story reads as plausible.
In this book, our heroine Cara is a new wife, a mother, and she has to find her brother before the bad guys do. The story took place in Budapest in 1956, there is espionage and intrigue and betrayal. You want to find her brother as much as she does, unfortunately so do the Soviets, among others.
You'll start this book and won't be able to put it down. The Noir style Cara Walden Mystery series has a lot of life left in it. I look forward to future adventures. Plus, it would make a great TV series!
Lisa Lieberman is the author of the Cara Walden series of historical mysteries featuring blacklisted Hollywood people in exotic European locales. All the Wrong Places and Burning Cold are available from Passport Press in print and e-book.
Trained as a modern European cultural and intellectual historian, Lieberman abandoned a perfectly respectable academic career for the life of a vicarious adventurer through dangerous times and places. She has written extensively on postwar Europe and is the founder of the classic movie blog Deathless Prose. She now directs a nonprofit foundation dedicated to redressing racial and economic inequity in public elementary and secondary schools. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
After dragging their three children all over Europe while they were growing up, Lisa and her husband are happily settled in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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