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Tumbleweed by Janwillem van de Wetering

Tumbleweed (1976)

by Janwillem van de Wetering

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Series: Amsterdam Cops (2)

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In this, the second Grijpstra/de Gier mystery I've read (and the second in the series), the most interesting feature continues to be the characters of the two policemen (and various related characters) and their interactions. In this one, the Secret Service of the Amsterdam police asks the cops to investigate a woman who lives on a houseboat; she turns out to be a high-priced prostitute with some very interesting clients. Complications develop of course, and the solution to the mystery seemed to be taken a little bit after thin air, and some aspects of the plot were left unresolved. I didn't like this one as much as the first, but I've ordered a bunch more because they are quite enjoyable.
  rebeccanyc | Dec 7, 2014 |
One of my very favorite books...surprising, wise, compelling....and a mystery, too!
  okieload | Jul 6, 2011 |
Quick Good Reading: Tumbleweed is a thoughtful and entertaining read, which mystery enthousiasts will appreciate. No smoke and mirrors here; only a plainly set situation which unravels quite interestingly. Wetering offers his readers the chance to experience the climates of Hollands various nooks & crannies, lifesyles, and home-spun characters, while offering their interesting mindsets to contemplation. Though the writing style at times seems to be very representative of Dutch coloquilisms, it still resounds well and clearly to anyone who would enjoy a peek at Dutch language, custom, and characters. This is terrific for anyone such as myself who usually enjoys something just a tad different from the standards, such as Christie, who is always a pleasure to read! A quick read, I would buy this book to enjoy over an evening or two, to escape to Holland and the canals of Amsterdam.
1 vote iayork | Aug 9, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Janwillem van de Weteringprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daber, FrédériqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahlman, BritaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Deymann, HubertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eistrup, OleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hattnher, ÁlvaroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mustieles, Jordi L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stabilini, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stǎnciulescu, MirelaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Maria van Buren, a beautiful, high-class prostitute, is found dead with a knife in her back in her houseboat on an Amsterdam canal. Grijpstra and de Gier must solve the murder. Her tony clients all have sound alibis. Before the murderer is caught, the detectives and their commissaris will investigate allegations of black magic, travel to Curacao, and pursue clues to a chilly island off the coast of Holland.… (more)

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