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Monday, May 8, 2017

Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn- Feature and Review


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.



Swiss Vendetta (Agnes Luthi Mysteries #1)Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn is a 2017 Minotaur publication.

I love a good ‘whodunit’, and am thankful anytime I find one with a fresh approach, with a nice spin on a classic formula. The very slight Gothic tones didn’t hurt, either.

As a debut novel, the author did a wonderful job with the plot, atmosphere, and characterizations, making a very nice impression!

Anyone who loves mysteries will enjoy this novel!
4 stars

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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. 
Find out more about Tracee and the Agnes Lüthi Mysteries on her official website: Traceedehahn.com, on Facebook at TraceedeHahnwriter, on Twitter @LuthiMysteries, on Pinterest at The Agnes Lüthi Mysteries and on Instagram at TraceedeHahn.

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