I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn
Length: 10 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Minotaur Books on February 7th 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Cat Gould
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In Tracee de Hahn's magnetic debut, Swiss police detective Agnes Luthi finds herself trapped in a chateau during the blizzard of the century when she's called out on her first homicide.
Detective Agnes Luthi, a Swiss-American police officer in Lausanne, Switzerland, has just switched over to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes in an effort to shed all reminders of her old life after her husband's death. Now, on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries, Agnes has been called out on her very first homicide case. On the lawn of the grand Chateau Vallotton, along the edge of Lake Geneva, a young woman has been found stabbed to death. The woman worked for an art auction house in London, and had been taking inventory at the Chateau Vallotton, which is 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 chateau, even the American history student studying at the Vallotton castle's library. As the storm rages on, roads become impassible, the power goes out around Lake Geneva, 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.
Here is what I thought
First in the Agnes Luthi mystery series. Agnes a Swiss-American police officer working in Switzerland, and is still trying to get over the death of her husband. She transfers from financial crimes to violent crimes and her first case happens during a blizzard.
The crime happens on the lawn of the Chateau Vallotton and once she gets there she ends up getting trapped in the blizzard with someone there being a killer. She finds everyone to be very tight lipped about everything and nobody wants to talk about the dead woman. Being snowed in might leave her with a killer in the mist but it also leaves the killer with no way out. None of the suspects can go to far from her inquiry. Little by little she learns things that helps her find out what happened.
Agnes is really still trying to get over her husbands death and while on this case she learns something about her husband that has really thrown her for a loop. She has a hard time concentrating at time because her thoughts always go back to George and how things went so horribly wrong. With all the obsticles laid before her she does a great job of getting some information out of some of the staff and finding who the killer was and why he/she did it.
I did enjoy the mystery but I found it to be confusing at times and I had a hard time following it some but I think it was because I listened too it. I think it might be better to read or to listen too when your not doing other things. (that usually doesn’t bother me).
Recommend if you like
Crime novels, cold climates, and series read.
Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries published by St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. The first in the series, Swiss Vendetta, was inspired by the 2005 ice storm that ravaged Geneva. Tracee was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and spent most of her youth in Kentucky. After receiving degrees in Architecture and European history from the University of Kentucky she moved to Switzerland with her husband. Currently they and their two Jack Russell terriers live in Virginia.
This is my second time with Cat Gould and she did a good job with this one.
Audio rating: 4