Author: Bluette Matthey
Publisher: Blue Shutter Publishing
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.
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