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In Engadine Aerie, Hardy Durkin is in Switzerland helping his friend, Abbey, with a new skiing business adventure. Everything seems normal until Hardy and Princess Maryam find a murdered body on the ski trail. With attempts on his life, Isis, and terrorist on his trail, Hardy's in for a rip-roaring time. Add in the beautiful falcons and scenery, well you guessed it, Hardy's solving another case.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
From the start of Engadine Aerie, the reader's enmeshed in the beauty and history of Europe, past and present. With great attention to detail, Matthey, gives insight to the past and present politics, as well as, wonderful history lessons on the Knights Templar. The action begins almost immediately and continues to roll to the end of the novel. With twists and turns, plots and sub plots, villains and possible villains, the action's kept at high peak.
The plotting's smooth and steady as Matthey unfolds her story-line. With many threads to weave together, Matthey skillfully wove a masterful tale creating a worthy suspense thriller. The story developed slowly, as Matthey had many plot lines and characters to bring together. Matthey's descriptions of the areas in her story were so vivid I could see them in my mind's eye. With traitors, conspirators, political maneuvering, jealousy, degenerate princes, and villains a plenty, this is an action packed novel.
Finally, in concluding my review of suspense novel, Engadine Aerie, I found a well-written story-line with well-developed characters. Also, Matthey research seemed in-depth and thorough.
ENGADINE AERIE RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4
What a multi-national story, filled with action, twists and turns. I found this book suitable for anyone who enjoys an action packed story relevant to today.
FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE:
Additionally, I received a copy of this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest reviews for suspense novel, Engadine Aerie. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. In addition, no one influenced my voluntary reviews for suspense novel, Engadine Aerie.
ENGADINE AERIE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
PROVIDED BY: Bluette Matthey
Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss-American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe.
Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as those in the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats. Bluette can often be seen hiking in the Jura Mountains along the Swiss-French frontier. For more information, please visit Bluette’s web site. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Niume.
Hardy is a persistent, curious, and cautious man who has dealt with uncovering crime in the past. Having read one of the previous installments of this series, I kind of knew what to expect from this book. Beautiful descriptions, well-rounded explanations and information, and of course, surprises around every corner. Even though the history gets a little dense, Bluette Matthey gives readers everything they need to know it order to understand the story line and enjoy the adventure. As Hardy seems to be a natural born leader, readers will follow his line of thinking and understand his motivations. Though Hardy's character really does seem to always find himself in heaps of trouble, it gives the book a fun though serious aura. Even though it seems unlikely that a trek leader would find himself in the middle of an arms deal, murder plot, and terrorist attack in the same vacation... I guess crazier things have happened.
Overall, Hardy is a likeable character. He's friendly, supportive, and intrigued by anything mysterious, which keeps the book a little bit spicy. There were a couple of disturbing parts of the book including the twins who take their relationship to an illegal level as well as the brother-sister villains who pretend to be each other. Even with these uncomfortable caveats, I did enjoy reading the book. I think I would have liked it more had the plot felt more connected. I could see the web that Matthey was creating and it works but something felt disjointed, perhaps even forced. I think there were too many factors and too many moving pieces to believe that Hardy could just stumble into the plot and figure it all out as easily as he did. Not that it's completely over, and not that I wouldn't read the next installment. The intrigue and adventure is there to pull the reader in, even when the lack of connection is causing issues. My favorite part about the book is the fact that Matthey actually visits all of these places in order to write more honestly about the location. I think that really shines through in this novel. The descriptions are very enjoyable and that helps build the setting that houses so much chaos around this ski trip.
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