Berlin Vertigo novel by Christopher P Jones

Berlin Vertigo: Psychological mystery
set in pre-war Berlin

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What if your best friend was also a killer?

Berlin, 1928. Thomas loves the city of cabaret clubs and neon skylines.

Yet his life is turned upside down when he witnesses a murder. What is worse, he has to decide if his best friend is capable of being the killer.

After the shocking event, he becomes the unwilling participant in a web of mystery and deceit. As a cat-and-mouse game ensues, the story delves into the beating heart of 1920s Berlin, where the search for truth and love reveals the darker anxieties of the modern metropolis. Thomas has to decide whether to speak out and betray his friend, or to stay quiet and risk betraying himself.

And at the centre, a painting by the rising-star of the Berlin art scene, a work of art that may yet prove vital in piecing together the jigsaw of what really happened that fateful day.

Berlin Vertigo is a tale of love and deceit. If you like taut historical mysteries, with a cast of characters drawn with psychological depth, then this could be the book for you.

Read what others are saying about Berlin Vertigo:

“Twists and turns where it became mysterious and intriguing. Couldn’t get to the end quick enough. I am reading it again. Very interesting.” – Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

A historical tale of intrigue and mystery, set in a tumultuous modern metropolis

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I am thrilled to announce the publication of my debut novel, Berlin Vertigo, a story of mystery and intrigue in the historical setting of 1920s Berlin.

It is a story of friendship and love, mystery and deceit.

Portrait of Sylvia Von Harden by Otto Dix
Portrait of Sylvia Von Harden (1927) by Otto Dix

The ‘Weimar’ era of German history was a time of extraordinary social and cultural flux. It is a fascinating time to write about, since within the endless tumult of political uncertainty and economic crises, there was also a blossoming of the arts. It was also a time when mass production, consumerism and advertising entered into the mainstream, and the predicament of ‘modern life’ overturned the old imperial order.

One of my favourite art movements, New Objectivity, occurred during this time, with artists like Otto Dix and George Grosz making some of the most memorable paintings of the twentieth century.

It was with these artists that my interest in the period began, and have since gone on to explore the period in various essays, including one about Otto Dix’s Portrait of Sylvia Von Harden.

I have woven the historical setting of 1920s Berlin with a tale of love and deceit, to create what I hope is a novel that will keep you guessing until the end.