Often when an author attempts a trilogy like this, you can find the story start to dip by the second book, or worse you can find the author repeating him or herself. This is absolutely not the case with Gruppenfuhrer's Mistress. If anything, the second book was more enjoyable, more interesting and harder to put down than the first book and that's saying something because reader's of my reviews will know how much I raved about Standartenfuhrer's Wife.
At the end of the first book, we were left wondering where this strange relationship between Jewish girl Annalise and Gruppenfuhrer Kaltenbrunner was going to head. Wonder no more, all is explained and wonderfully exposed in the second book.
I have always been a big fan of historical fiction and when I find a new author who fulfills that need, I am excited. This year has been one of those years where I have truly been spoilt for choice by great "Indie" authors writing fantastic historical fiction. In my mind, Jana Petken and Christoph Fischer are two of the very best in this genre. I can happily say that Ellie Midwood can join them as a triumvirate.
In conclusion, let me say I was impressed by her knowledge and research of the period and location covered by the book. I'm no expert, but I certainly didn't spot any mistakes in her setting. This is a suspenseful, at times thrilling and nail-biting twist through Nazi Germany. I was on the edge of my seat reading it at times.
Will I be buying A War Criminal's Widow? - you bet your sweet caboose I will be and so should you too, although I strongly suggest you read this series in order as one book does flow naturally into the other. I note the author has created a three-book package, which clearly makes that a lot easier to do. Well done her!
No question - 5-Stars and beyond to The Girl From Berlin; Gruppenfuhrer's Mistress from the uber talented Ellie Midwood.