A Well-Timed Murder
by Tracee de Hahn
on Tour March 1-31, 2018
"A true page turner...I found the plot fascinating, and de Hahn builds the tension and suspense perfectly to a satisfying conclusion. I was left wanting to read more about Agnes, and I am looking forward to her next adventure "-- Charles Todd on Swiss VendettaSwiss-American police officer Agnes Lüthi is on leave in Lausanne, Switzerland, recovering from injuries she sustained in her last case, when an old colleague invites her to the world’s premier watch and jewelry trade show at the grand Messe Basel Exhibition Hall. Little does Agnes know, another friend of hers, Julien Vallotton, is at the same trade show—and he’s looking for Agnes. Julien Vallotton was friends with Guy Chavanon, a master of one of Switzerland’s oldest arts: watchmaking. Chavanon died a week ago, and his daughter doesn’t believe his death was accidental. Shortly before he died, Chavanon boasted that he’d discovered a new technique that would revolutionize the watchmaking industry, and she believes he may have been killed for it. Reluctantly, Agnes agrees to investigate his death. But the world of Swiss watchmaking is guarded and secretive, and before she realizes it, Agnes may be walking straight into the path of a killer.
Tracee de Hahn's mystery, A Well-Timed Murder, is another magnetic mystery that will engross readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: St. Martin's / Minotaur
Publication Date: February 6th 2018
Number of Pages: 340
ISBN: 1250110017 (ISBN13: 9781250110015)
Series: Agnes Luthi Mysteries #2
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It took me a while to get caught up in this book but I am happy I stayed with it. Not having read the previous book was a disadvantage at first but I believe all my questions were eventually answered. At times I felt like this was a book I should read with a whiteboard by my side, helping me figure out relationships and clues.
Agnes Lüthi used to be a detective with Financial Crimes, but since a recent injury and the death of her husband, she has been recruited to the Violent Crimes division. She finds herself at the center of several mysteries before she has officially accepted the position. She is still dealing emotionally with the changes in her life as well as the lives of her young sons. All of this, experience and emotion, comes into play again and again throughout the book.
There is an abundance of descriptive offering which some readers may not appreciate as much as others. I felt there was enough to make this into a screenplay for a well-accepted BBC series. Various settings played as much of a role in solving the murders and understanding the emotional impact as did other clues.
This is not a cozy mystery, both because of the main characters professions and due to the procedural aspects. This is traditional noir and well done.
Tracee de Hahn is author of the Agnes Lüthi mysteries, which were inspired by her years living in Switzerland. Prior to writing full time she practiced architecture and was head of university alumni relations at a major west coast university. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Tracee lived most of her life in Kentucky. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. Currently she and her husband live in southwest Virginia with their Jack Russell Terriers.