Astrid Fritz studied Literature in Munich, Avignon and Freiburg. She worked as a technical editor and spent three years with her family in Santiago de Chile. Her historical novels, including The Witch of Freiburg, The Swindler and The Maiden and The Duchess, are consistent bestsellers. Fritz currently lives near Stuttgart. Find out more on www.astrid-fritz.de
WOLVES AT THE GATE
Freiburg, February 1418: the citizens are suffering from the biting cold. Frighteningly close the hungry wolves howl at night and kill the first sheep. Then they find their first human victim – the young miller’s son from the village of Würi, just outside the city. It’s a terrible shock, but then there are also the ghost stories about werewolves. A wolf is hung from the city gates as a deterrent. When the young healer Mia dies, Serafina, the pharmacist for the poor and her husband Achaz, the city’s doctor, begin to doubt whether the animals were responsible for the killings. However, they encounter a wall of silence in Würi.