Many magical properties are ascribed to rabbit paws. In “Die Hasenpfote” by Christian Oehlschläger, the supposed lucky charms appear as silver jewelry – and that in two copies, the connection of which is a mystery. The author from Großburgwedel, known as the “Krimi-Förster”, was now presented to the Pinkenburger Kreis in Hanover for the first time. Also on stage: Lector Ulrich Hilgefort. With their humorous, reciprocal presentations, the two are a well-rehearsed team. To make sure it doesn’t get boring, a heather forest shines behind them in changing colors.
Investigations under corona conditions
The forests north of Hanover are Oehlschläger’s territory. Up until a year ago he was in charge of the Burgwedel district forester. Retirement gives the 66-year-old nun more time to develop criminalistic scenarios. He found opportunities to write hunting stories earlier. In “Die Hasenpfote” his fans meet old friends. For the seventh time, Robert Mendelski, now close to retirement himself, and his young colleague Maike Schnur from Celle are solving a riddle. This time the conditions are different, as is clear at the beginning: “It was on a day in May of the first Corona year 2020.” Investigators are sunbathing in the home office garden and turn away in shock when a colleague coughs a little .
The case of a human skull that archaeologists are digging up near Meißendorf, however, has a serious background. One trace leads to a former K prisoner from nearby Bergen-Belsen as far as Israel. Another five meters below the heather sand to a badger that is startled out of hibernation and has to find its way first: “Some of the tubes that a slim fox had dug were too narrow for a full-grown badger.” This is an entertaining way Learn interesting facts about the local fauna.
Christian Oehlschläger: Die Hasenpfote, Verlag Neumann-Neudamm, 352 pages, 19.95 euros.
From Gabriele Schulte