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Thursday, 1 October 2015

BOOK TOUR & REVIEW - Black Forest Reckoning by Bluette Matthey

Title: Black Forest Reckoning
Author: Bluette Matthey
Publisher: Blue Shutter Publishing
Pages: 299
Genre: Travel Mystery

Outfitter Hardy Durkin and company are visiting the Black Forest area of Germany, staying in the guest wing of a local castle, Schloss Haeflin. In the midst of hiking the Black Forest, enjoying all things Swabian, and spending a day in Baden-Baden, the hikers find themselves at ground zero for coeds disappearing from the nearby University of Freiburg and foul play is suspected. Unresolved personal issues of several members of the group threaten the tour’s cohesion, and Hardy discovers the Baron, who owns the schloss, has stolen someone’s identity as well as his fortune. Ever the sleuth, Hardy untangles the web of deceit, madness, and murder in ‘The Black Forest Reckoning’.  

4 out of 5 (very good)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I have one problem, that it wasn't longer!! It is written in the true crime style of Agatha Christie, that I find unputdownable. The story unfolds in a way that slowly leads you along, equally horrifying and fascinating.

The young girl in the story who really seems to kick the story off, has an amazing character, loved how she could be a heroine, and almost a victim is so enthralling and ethereal you are willing her on all the time. No, I won't give any spoilers.

I loved the way the general relationships between the characters twist, turn, and in some cases twist right back again. From starting with a pure unadulterated dislike of Chuck, I ended up with a grudging respect for him. Only grudgingly because I misread him, to a degree!! I enjoyed the characters of Hardy and his mother, who is a regular Miss Marple.

What an awesome read. This is one author to keep reading, and lots of. Thanks for a great read.

I received this book from Pump Up Your Book in return for a fair and honest review. 

Bluette Matthey is a third generation Swiss American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery with her to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe. Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, faithful dog, and band of loving cats. You can visit Bluette’s website at

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