Friday, July 17, 2015

Drinks with Reads: Bad Wolf and the Little Red Riding Hood

Kerry Hammond joins us for Drinks with Reads matching Bad Wolf with the perfect drink...

If you haven’t discovered foreign mysteries, you’re in for a treat and should read on. I’m not talking about mysteries set in foreign countries, although those are great too. I mean the ones written by someone in a non-English speaking country and translated into English so American readers can enjoy them too. Some authors that fall into this category may be familiar to you, and some famous ones are Stieg Larsson (Swedish), Jo Nesbo (Norwegian), and Arnaldur Indridason (Icelandic). (You’ll have to excuse my lack of proper letters, as some of those names needed symbols my keyboard doesn’t have.)

What makes foreign written mysteries so great is that the reader gets to see how another country’s police and forensic teams work. It’s a look into the hierarchy of law enforcement as well as the types of criminal cases they investigate. Nele Neuhaus is a German author whose police procedural series takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.  Her books are wonderfully gritty and are really the whole package, containing great characters and suspenseful plots.

In Bad Wolf, detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are back investigating cases. Bad Wolf is the second in the series (Snow White Must Die was the first). In this book, the police are called in to investigate when the body of a 16-year-old girl washes up on the shore of a river in Frankfurt. The girl was clearly abused, and for a long period of time, but there is no clue to her identity. Soon after, a famous television host is assaulted and left for dead. These seemingly unrelated cases begin to intertwine in a complex and disturbing way. And they soon realize that there is more to each crime than they originally thought. The book is cleverly plotted and suspenseful enough to keep you up until the late hours (or is it early hours)? The third book in the series, The Ice Queen, was just released in January of this year.

The drink I paired with the book is my own version of a Little Red Riding Hood. Hint hint, the bad wolf in the book is a reference to the fairy tale. Here is how I made my drink:

¾ oz Amaretto Disaranno
¾ oz Blackberry Liqueur
¾ oz Vodka

Add first 3 ingredients together in a champagne flute. Stir once and top with Perrier. It’s a sweet drink to sip, and very fruity.


  1. This is a new author to me but the book and series sounds great. And of course the drink does as well

  2. Yum, my next after dinner drink.