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 Vendetta
Swiss-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.
I appreciate a novel that takes me to a new location and offers information on a new topic. The author introduced me to the secretive world of high end watch making in Switzerland. I found out that a watchmaker might make only one watch a year. Some watches contain microscopic parts, sky charts, or elaborately engraved cases. These watches might cost the same as an automobile.
There was more to the novel than watches, however. Some of the action takes place at a boarding school for boys. That raised the issue of what being at such a school might indicate about the boy's family dynamics. I was also reminded of the differences in various cultures and society levels of the world. Sometimes personal actions are seen very differently by people, depending upon cultural norms.
The plot of this novel is personality driven and has little suspense until the very end. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a thoughtful investigator that methodically works through interviews to deduce the murderer as well as being immersed in an intriguing part of Swiss manufacturing. This is the second novel featuring Agnes Luthi but the first I have read. While I enjoyed this one, I feel I would have understood her more had I read the first in the series. Agnes is a detective I appreciate and I will be watching for the next in this series.
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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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.