Swiss Vendetta

Swiss Vendetta

A Mystery

Book - 2017
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Inspector Agnes Luthi, a Swiss-American police officer in Lausanne, Switzerland, has just transferred to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes to try to shed all reminders of her old life following her husband's death. Now, on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries, Agnes has been called to investigate her very first homicide case. On the lawn of the grand Chateau Vallotton, at the edge of Lac Leman, a young woman has been found stabbed to death. The woman, an appraiser for a London auction house, had been taking inventory at the chateau, a medieval fortress dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasures.Agnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone the tight-lipped Swiss family living in the chateau, the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations, the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighboring mansion, even the American history student studying at the Vallotton chateau's library. As the storm rages on, roads become impassible, the power goes out around Lausanne, and Agnes finds herself trapped in the candlelit halls of the chateau with all the players of the mystery, out of her depth in her first murder case and still struggling to stay afloat after the death of her husband. Swiss Vendetta, Tracee de Hahn's mesmerizing debut, is an emotionally complex, brilliantly plotted mystery set against the beautiful but harsh backdrop of a Swiss winter.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250109996
Branch Call Number: MYS De Hahn T
Characteristics: viii, 354 pages ; 22 cm

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VE57
Apr 28, 2019

This was an absolute adventure. I loved every moment of this book. Namely because I felt like I was there - Switzerland. Not so much as it was a travel guide with a novel; it was more like following along a trail...of a mystery. The story line was layered. The bits and pieces along the way way smart - not too hard and not so simple as to make you loose interest. Its a story about a woman DI (Detective Inspector). A mother, returning to work after a terrible tragedy into what is still a man's world - especially at the higher level for men (perhaps for many of us) - as I too have challenge with female detective (just doing the job). By that I mean without the distraction of romance and all that damsel in distress stuff. No damsel in distress in this magnificent snow storm mystery. Also, it is a kind of epic story; without the many, many, many pages to explain what /who/why something that happened in the past might be relevant to the current (case). Its a smart, well-paced, layered mystery story with a smart, well educate, multi-layered woman detective lead in a Swiss town. You'll enjoy it! peace

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TerryAB
Mar 27, 2017

A contemporary mystery written in the true classic way, this is the first in what I hope is a series.

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maipenrai
Feb 09, 2017

(The first book in the Agnes Luthi Mystery series)

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