First book for Bout of Books 10.0 Readathon. The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel. (Random House. June 3, 2014)
First published in Germany to critical acclaim in 2009, The Murder Farm is a crime novel of a multiple murder taking place at a remote Austrian farmhouse in the years following WWII. The stark, bleak - and highly effective - narrative is told from multiple points of view in the form of interviews of the local residents who knew the victims.
For a short novel (only 125 pages), The Murder Farm packs quite a punch. The interviews slowly reveal the victims to be harboring distasteful secrets of their own. And while the story is loosely based on a real-life unsolved case, Schenkel offers up a nice solution to this one.
Read it less for the mystery and more to see how a talented author presents the subjects matter. Kudos to Quercus for bringing it to the U.S.