Mortal Mischief : (Liebermann Papers 1), Paperback Book

Mortal Mischief : (Liebermann Papers 1) Paperback

Part of the Liebermann Papers series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


It is Vienna at the beginning of the last century, and Dr Max Liebermann is a young psychoanalyst - and disciple of Freud.

Psychoanalysis is only just developing and viewed with a mixture of excitement and suspicion.

The world of 1900s Vienna is one where philosophy, science and art are at their most exciting and flourishing, with the coffee shops full of men and women debating the latest cultural and political theories.

Liebermann's good friend Oskar Rheinhardt is a Detective Inspector - hard working, but lacking Liebermann's insights and forensic eye and so it is through Rheinhardt that Libermann is called upon to help with police investigations surrounding the death of a beautiful young medium, in what seems at first to be supernatural circumstances.

While Liebermann attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery, he also must decide whether he is to follow his father's advice and marry the beautiful but reserved Clara.


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The story starts as a locked-room mystery, a strange note and a perplexed investigator. The scene is Vienna (with some of my favourite peeves, if your book is basically a translation, peppered original language is annoying. There are also moments that also make me suspect psychology in-jokes and all of these compound to break my suspension of disbelief.It's not a bad story with a lot of twists and turns and I also enjoyed some of the personal interactions, I may try another in this series but I'm not terribly pushed about it.

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The first in the "Liebermann Papers" series, and called "Death in Vienna" in the American edition. Young psychoanalyst Max Liebermann, contemporary of Freud in fin de siecle Vienna, is called upon by his friend Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt to help solve the case of a beautiful young medium. Suspicion and superstition surround her case, as many believe the supernatural is involved. Liebermann sticks to the facts and the psychology of the case.An engrossing read, with likeable characters that kept me guessing until the end. Fascinating period details and period psychology. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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