- Series: Agnes Luthi Mysteries (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250110017
- ISBN-13: 978-1250110015
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Well-Timed Murder: An Agnes Lüthi Mystery (Agnes Luthi Mysteries) Hardcover – February 6, 2018
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“Secret pasts and hidden motives abound as Inspector Agnes Luthi hunts for a killer in this elegant and suspenseful novel. Tense, atmospheric, and richly detailed, Swiss Vendetta is a gripping, multi layered mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end!”―Ashley Weaver, author of Murder at the Brightwell
"Fans of both contemporary and historical mystery will devour this debut from Tracee de Hahn as her modern-day sleuth wades through secrets and deceptions in a centuries-old chateau."―Alyssa Maxwell, author of The Gilded Newport Mysteries
“Absorbing…De Hahn sets up a locked-room mystery with potential for rich interpersonal tensions. The rarefied, restrictive world of Swiss aristocracy provides a tantalizing backdrop, and Agnes―born to American parents, raised in Switzerland, and a widowed mother of three sons after her husband’s recent suicide―is a strong series lead…Those who like a fireside read on a winter night will be pleased.”―Publishers Weekly
“This clever take on the locked-room mystery―a locked château, if you will―introduces readers to an appealing heroine in an unusual setting in what will hopefully be a long series.”―Library Journal
About the Author
TRACEE DE HAHN completed degrees in architecture and European history at the University of Kentucky and then lived in Europe, including several years in Switzerland. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband, a Swiss architect, and their Jack Russell Terriers. This is her second novel, following Swiss Vendetta.
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This is a low-paved story, complex and full of characters that will keep you glued to the pages till the last moment. Sometimes the plot was a little too slow and I was a little lost with so many characters, but I was delighted with the original plot and all the layers inside!
Agnes' life has not been easy lately, so she could understand grieving and that when someone passes away with strange circumstances the family needs to know the truth. But, while she is trying to discover the truth she will uncover a few secrets... Because every clue Agnes discovers it goes to the private school were the victim passed away... was he the target or some of the students of the private school? And what are the weird lights that move around the forest at night? Do they have anything to do with the killing? So many secrets!
I have to say I missed a little more of background of the main character, Agnes, the book was too focused on the mystery that it felt a little cold, a human touch. This is the second book of the series of the "Agnes Lüthi Mysteries", so maybe I had to read first the "Swiss Vendetta" to fully understand her...
In the main story we will see first sight how competitive a business could be and that sadly, everyone is ready to kill for a good idea!
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As I mentioned in one of my previous reviews, I am enamored with mysteries set in locales with which I am not very familiar: the Georges Dupin series by Jean-Luc Bannalec set in Brittany, the Foreign Affairs series by Nick Wilkshire set in numerous locales, the Detective Kubu series by Michael Stanley set in Botswana, the Baby Ganesh series by Vaseem Khan set in India, and last but certainly not least the Agnes Luthi series. Other than traveling to these various places (which I would love to do some day), there is no better way to learn about them then reading a great mystery. I certainly learned a lot about this region of Switzerland, particularly those towns focused on watchmaking.
I highly recommend this book and the previous one in the series, Swiss Vendetta. I received this book to read and review, All opinions are my own.