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Calligrapher to the Bishop

817 AD: The proud city of Turin is threatened by the Saracens; however, the outlawed Germunt sees it as a sanctuary from the pursuers demanding his blood. Claudius, a Visigoth who is as belligerent as he is learned, has been dispatched as the city's new Bishop. He also happens to champion the heretical view that divine images should be banned. Claudius invites Germunt to be part of his court and educates him in the seven liberal arts. Germunt falls under the spell of writing, as if in thrall to a lover, and advances deeply into the secrets of calligraphy. Then the day comes when he must use his mastery of this art to save his own life.

New revised edition, published in April 2016 by Heyne/Random House, Munich, 416 pages.
The first edition was published as »Der Kalligraph des Bischofs« in 2002 by Aufbau Verlag, Berlin.
Rights sold to: Greece (Kedros)

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Day X

After her scientist father is forced to go and live in distant Russia, Nelly finds it increasingly difficult to adapt to her East Berlin surroundings. She joins a church youth organization and is expelled from school shortly before taking her final exams in the spring of 1953. Perhaps she will find solace in the young watchmaker Wolf Uhlitz, who has fallen in love with her. He wants to help her, and because of her he even falls out with his father, steals state documents and ends up in jail.

Wolf has but a vague inkling of the truth: Young Nelly has mysterious ties with a Russian spy working for the new man in charge in Moscow – Beria, Stalin’s successor. What is the secret that connects them? Like Wolf, this stranger also seems to dream of a life with Nelly. But longing and jealousy are suddenly swept away. In Berlin and Halle, the people’s dissatisfaction with the regime culminates in mass demonstrations, and the ruling powers’ bitter response is not long in coming.

2017 published as »Der Tag X« by Blessing/Random House, Munich, 400 pages.

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Berlin, Land of Fire

Berlin, 1848: Hannes Böhm lives in the industrial quarter of Berlin generally known by local people as the Land of Fire because of all the factory chimneys there giving off clouds of smoke. As a kind of self-styled tour guide he earns a pittance showing curious people the poverty and destitution in the back streets of the city. While on one such tour he meets Alice, who, as the daughter of the castellan, lives in the Berlin city palace, the spring residence of the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Alice is shocked at the extent of the misery – and at the same time deeply impressed by Hannes, who seems to be full of ambition and imagination.

But when unrest breaks out in March of 1848, when the conflict between the Prussian king and the revolutionaries comes to a head and the more moderate factions go unheard, it seems there is no future for the feelings Alice and Hannes are developing for each other.

In his new novel, Titus Müller has painted a wide panorama of the revolutionary events of 1848 and at the same time written a wonderful love story.

HOMER AWARD 2016

2015 published as »Berlin Feuerland« by Blessing/Random House, Munich, 480 pages.

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Nighteye

For the past three years, the British security service MI5 has been on the hunt for »Nighteye«. A German spy hides behind this code name; a woman who destroys rail lines and bridges and has been known to kill her pursuers in cold blood. The greatest coup of her career is within her grasp, if she can discover the next targets of the British Air Force. In a move that could decide the war, they are preparing to bomb the largest dams in German-occupied territory. Their first target: the reservoir in the Möhne valley.

More than a thousand Ukrainian women work under degrading conditions at an ammunition factory located downstream of the Möhne reservoir. Their encampment is run by Georg Hartmann, who is under scrutiny from his superiors amid rumors that he does not completely support the party line. In actuality, the women fear him less than they do the brutal men who serve as factory security. Does Hartmann suspect that some of the women, among them the friendly Nadjeschka, are planning a spectacular escape attempt?

A love story, based on historical documents, and also a thrilling spy novel about a key moment in German history.

2013 published as »Nachtauge« by Blessing/Random House, Munich, 480 pages.

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The Enemy’s Kiss

Kappadokia, around the year 800: More than ten thousand people live in the secret subterranean city of Korma. They are Christians. Here they have found refuge from the Arabs who conquered the land. Arif, son of an Arab captain, spys the Christian girl Savina on a ramble and falls in love with her head over heels. Unnoticed he follows her and thus finds the secret access to the Christian's cave system. Actually Arif would have to report to his father that he has found the city of the Christians ... A wonderful historical novel, which makes past times come alive as well as a plea for tolerance and humanity.

2012 published as »Der Kuss des Feindes« by Fischer Schatzinsel, Frankfurt/Main, 288 pages.

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Dance beneath the Stars

Matheus Singvogel is a hypochondriac minister living in Berlin, whose marriage is on the rocks. He books a crossing on the Titanic. His wife is the daughter of a millionaire and has long missed the luxury of the station in which she grew to adulthood. Matheus, the minister, hopes that he can regain her heart and salvage their marriage while traveling on the greatest ship in the world. Unknown to Matheus, however, his wife's lover will also be on board. Lyman Tundale is an agent in the British Secret Service and hopes to use the journey, far from her native land, to complete his conquest of Cecilia’s heart and convince her to serve as a spy: knowledge about Germany's war financing, in which her father actively participates, is his ultimate goal. The British agent will force both Cecilia and Matheus between the mill wheels of international politics on their voyage.

Nele, a chorus girl, has suffered a break down at the Wintergarten Revue. She then quarrels with her mother, who is supporting Nele’s lifestyle, much to Mrs. Stern’s dismay, since she considers Nele to be nothing more than a floozy. Nele steals from her mother and flees to America, booking a crossing on the Titanic as her first step toward a new, more successful life.

2011 published as »Tanz unter Sternen« by Blessing/Random House, Munich, 400 pages.

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The Jesuits of Lisbon

Antero Moreira de Mendonça, a young natural scientist, has long hated the Jesuits. In 1755, an earthquake of biblical proportions strikes Lisbon and the Jesuits use the destruction as an opportunity to preach about the wrath of God. The quake also provides Antero with a chance for avenging himself on the Order. But Gabriel Malagrida, the Jesuit leader revered as a prophet, proves to be a powerful enemy. With help from Leonor, a German merchant’s daughter, Antero succeeds in escaping from the dungeon and the hangman. But what Antero doesn’t know is that Leonor is among Malagrida’s followers. Who holds the keys to Leonor’s heart – Antero or her vicious fellow believers?

2010 published as »Die Jesuitin von Lissabon« by Rütten & Loening, Berlin, 450 pages.
Rights sold to: Netherlands (De Fontein), Portugal (Casa das Letras), Spain (Bóveda)

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The Mystery

Munich 1336. Nemo is a master of disguise. He has every reason to conceal his true identity because he bears a dangerous secret: the legacy of the Cathars. However, Nemo’s past catches up with him when Amiel of Ax comes to Munich. Amiel is the charismatic head of a secret church spreading through Munich's underground. Now the Inquisition and William of Ockham, the renowned English Franciscan friar and confidant of the German emperor, are willing to join forces to destroy Amiel. Nemo is caught between the two fronts, thus initiating a dramatic fight about the sacred legacy. The Mystery is not only a gripping read, but also a journey into a fascinating past. Titus Müller based his novel on historic persons and facts, skillfully melding them into a story full of suspense.

SIR-WALTER-SCOTT-LITERATURE AWARD 2008

2007 published as »Das Mysterium« by Rütten & Loening, Berlin, 469 pages.
Rights sold to: Netherlands (De Fontein)

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Marked for Death

Basel 1348. Saphira, the daughter of the Jewish moneylender, Simon ben Levi, has fallen in love with Thomas von Baerenfels, a Christian knight. Thomas is a bit reticent, so his best friend, Christian Münch promises to help him overcome his shyness. However, this womanizer and daredevil abuses the trust placed in him and seduces the pretty feather seller. A terrible plot against the city’s Jews falls on fertile soil and takes root. Simon ben Levi is fatally wounded, but before he dies, he extracts a vow from his daughter that has far-reaching consequences.

New revised edition, published in October 2015 by Heyne/Random House, Munich, 416 pages.
The first edition was published as »Die Todgeweihte« in 2005 by Aufbau Verlag, Berlin.

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The Spectacle Maker

In 1387, spectacle making is an extremely difficult task and only a few masters can command this skill. As masters of sight, spectacle makers have power where swords would fail. Courtenay, Archbishop of Canterbury, understands their importance: he wants to use them to crush the secret society of the Cloaked Knights because they are hiding Hereford, the outlawed professor who is illegally translating the bible into English. But Elias Rowe, one of the best spectacle makers, refuses to support Courtenay’s cause. When Elias’ young wife, Catherine, finds him dead in his workshop one morning, she is thrust into the power struggle between the archbishop and the secret society. All she wants to do is to learn her husband’s craft in order to find his murderers, instead, she could end up as collateral in a bloody war.

2005 published as »Die Brillenmacherin« by Rütten & Loening, Berlin, 437 pages.
Rights sold to: Spain/Spanish World Rights (Espasa Calpe), Netherlands (Uitgeverij De Banier)

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The Priest’s Daughter

In the mythical world of the 9th century, where forest spirits, martyrs, warlords, and idols hold sway, Alena fights for a dangerous love. The horse oracle at Rethra has demanded a human sacrifice, and Alena, the beautiful and intelligent daughter of the high priest, has fallen in love with the enemy soldier who is destined for the sacrificial altar. While the Franks and Slavs gird themselves for battle in the forests east of the Elbe, Alena fights for the life of her lover. A miracle occurs: an old god is reborn and a powerful opponent arises to strive against the priest of the oracle.

2003 published as »Die Priestertochter« by Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag, Berlin, 458 pages.

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Calligrapher to the Bishop

817 AD: The proud city of Turin is threatened by the Saracens; however, the outlawed Germunt sees it as a sanctuary from the pursuers demanding his blood. Claudius, a Visigoth who is as belligerent as he is learned, has been dispatched as the city's new Bishop. He also happens to champion the heretical view that divine images should be banned. Claudius invites Germunt to be part of his court and educates him in the seven liberal arts. Germunt falls under the spell of writing, as if in thrall to a lover, and advances deeply into the secrets of calligraphy. Then the day comes when he must use his mastery of this art to save his own life.

New revised edition, published in April 2016 by Heyne/Random House, Munich, 416 pages.
The first edition was published as »Der Kalligraph des Bischofs« in 2002 by Aufbau Verlag, Berlin.
Rights sold to: Greece (Kedros)