Unable to stay in Financial Crimes, Inspector Agnes Lüthi transfers to Violent Crimes to escape memories of her late husband. She thinks her new assignment will start uneventfully, she could not be more wrong.
With a severe blizzard about to strike Lausanne, Lüthi receives orders to investigate the stabbing death of a young woman and London appraiser – Felicity Cowel. She was taking the inventory of and appraising priceless works of art and of historical pieces filling the Château Vallotton.
Tracee de Hahn vividly brings her characters to life not just Lüthi but also the Swiss family living in the Château their servants, the American student working in Vallotton, and the aging World War II survivor who lives next door. The characters are not the only ones de Hahn brings to life, Switzland is brought life too.
de Hahn keeps up the suspense and the pace of the story without ever losing a thread. These include the flash backs to World War II, Cowell’s background, and the events leading to Lüthi’s husband’s death. Finally, I hope after reading such a strong and well written début book, that there are more Inspector Agnes Lüthi stories.
Review of Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn