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  • Location: Hamburg

Hotel Cartagena

Hotel Cartagena

Why a Booktrail?

2000s: A hotel overlooking the Hamburg docks has a BIG secret inside

  • Translator: Rachel Ward
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

Twenty floors above the shimmering lights of the Hamburg docks, Public Prosecutor Chastity Riley is celebrating a birthday with friends in a hotel bar when twelve heavily armed men pull out guns, and take everyone hostage. Among the hostages is Konrad Hoogsmart, the hotel owner, who is being targeted by a young man whose life – and family – have been destroyed by Hoogsmart’s actions.

With the police looking on from outside – their colleagues’ lives at stake – and Chastity on the inside, increasingly ill from an unexpected case of sepsis, the stage is set for a dramatic confrontation … and a devastating outcome for the team … all live streamed in a terrifying bid for revenge.

Travel Guide

Visit Hamburg with Hotel Cartagena

St Paulii

The area where the hotel Cartagena is located in the novel. The author lives here herself so knows and loves the area well. She weaves its story and atmosphere into the novel and shows off its many, often colourful, sides. At least this is the fictional view of it!


The Speicherstadt in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on timber-pile foundations. There is a warehouse of interest here in the novel.

There are also flying visits to Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, and Columbia for a drugs related storyline….

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Hotel Cartagena

Destination/location: Hamburg  Author/guide: Simone Buchholz  Departure Time: 2000s

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