Queer crime thrillers
Reading by author Helmi Schausberger from her two books “Mord auf Irisch” and “Für ihr Land”.
Both books have queer protagonists. The action takes place in Ireland.
The plot of “Murder in Irish” goes like this: Gerda urgently needs distance from her problems and everyday life in Salzburg, so she decides to visit her empathetic, older chat friend Karen in Galway, Ireland. But at the address given she finds not Karen, but a male corpse. The unsettled Gerda seeks refuge in the bed & breakfast of Irishwoman Alex, and more than just friendship develops between the two women. But Alex’s best friend Declan, of all people, is the policeman in charge. And for him, Gerda is soon the main suspect in a case that is becoming more and more mysterious. After another dead body finally incriminates Gerda, a fast-paced chase for the two women through the beautiful Irish countryside begins.
“For Her Country” is also set in Ireland in Dublin in 1916. Eileen is a member of a nationalist women’s organisation, Josie comes from a unionist family. When the Easter Uprising keeps the city in suspense, the two young women find themselves in the middle of it and become best friends for a few hours.
The uprising is quickly put down, but the war that will push the whole country and both of them to their limits has only just begun. And there soon seems to be no room for friendship or even more during the fight for Ireland’s freedom.
For the first time, the story of the women’s organisation Cumann na mBan is told in an exciting and detailed way, in which dangers and contradictions become more than clear.
(Texts from www.querverlag.de/index/)
And to make the evening Irish round, Sarah Kling sings Irish songs and plays the harp.
Wed, 22.3.23 | 19:00 Uhr