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Swiss Vendetta In Tracee de Hahn's magnetic debut Swiss police detective Agnes Luthi finds herself trapped in a chateau during the blizzard of the century when she's called out on her first homicideDetective Agnes Luthi a Swiss American police officer in Lausanne Switzerland has just switched over to the Violent Crimes unit from Financial Crimes in an effort to shed all reminders of her old life after her husband's death Now on the eve of the worst blizzard Lausanne has seen in centuries Agnes has been called out on her very first homicide case On the lawn of the grand Chateau Vallotton along the edge of Lake Geneva a young woman has been found stabbed to death The woman worked for an art auction house in London and had been taking inventory at the Chateau Vallotton which is dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasuresAgnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone—the tight lipped Swiss family living in the chateau the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighboring chateau even the American history student studying at the Vallotton castle's library As the storm rages on roads become impassible the power goes out around Lake Geneva and Agnes finds herself trapped in the candlelit halls of the chateau with all the players of the mystery out of her depth in her first murder case and still struggling to stay afloat after the death of her husband


10 thoughts on “Swiss Vendetta

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    35 Agnes who has recently suffered a devastating tragedy in her own life newly transferred to Violent crimes receives her first case A young woman working to an auction house sent to catalog the family treasure is found murders on a bench outside the chateau The chateau belong to the Vallotons an aristocratic family the chateau itself situated on a lake in SwitzerlandAlthough resembling a country house mystery there is also a strong element of the locked room mystery The blizzard of the century has struck soon power is out telephone lines down and cell phones are unable to get a signal Very atmospheric the cold the intense ice and snow closed in feelings depending on candles and torches fireplaces and extra clothes for heat and of course a limited range of suspects The chateau itself magnificent so many rooms cellars ice houses and the characters varied and holding on to their pasts their own secrets There is much going on then first appears and as Agnes investigates much is uncovered not just in this family but the connection to the chateau across the way and the Family's pastA very good start to a new series plus I think this is the first mystery I have read set in SwitzerlandWell written tightly plotted steady pacing and I loved how Agnes managing her own grief still manages to stay on track and interpret the clues I actually finished this a few days back when it was snowing here and for that kind of weather it was a perfect readARC from Netgalley


  2. Linda Linda says:

    I received a copy of Swiss Vendetta through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Minotaur Books and to Tracee de Hahn for the opportunitySwiss Vendetta reads like a fine tuned Agatha Christie novel with all the trimmingswell defined characters a breath taking Lausanne setting and a storyline that has screeching tires hugging the winding roads of the French AlpsDetective Agnes Luthi has just been transferred to the Violent Crimes Division of the Surete She had previously spent many a year in the Financial Crimes Unit A recent widow and the mother of three young sons Agnes answers her cell phone That simple action will change her life forever Agnes finds herself on a treacherous icy road in a relentless blizzard battling her way to the Chateau Vallontton on the shores of Lac Leman The murder of a young woman found on the chateau grounds awaits her Unprepared in lighter clothing and unprepared in confronting a frozen body Agnes must draw out stoic resilience from within What in the world was this woman doing outdoors in a snowstorm? She was young and the young always have their secretsAnd there are secrets served up here on a solid sterling silver tray compliments of the opulent lifestyle at the chateau The cast of affluent characters enter along with the dutiful staff No one is leaving and no one new is entering Hostage taking by the likes of a vicious storm Tracee de Hahn serves up one delicious mystery here with plots and subplots boiling in this tasty stew We come to find a backstory into the life of Agnes as well which is uite unexpected and throws a giant snowball curve into the storyline There's also plenty hiding in the tapestries of this chateau dwellingMe thinks that an Agnes Luthi series may well be in the making If that's the case it will be welcomed by many a fan of this book Ready and excited for a little Swiss fondue Tracee de HahnAnd with a side of chocolates please


  3. Julie Julie says:

    Swiss Vendetta by Tracee de Hahn is a 2017 Minotaur publication I love a good ‘whodunit’ and am thankful anytime I find one with a fresh approach with a nice spin on a classic formula The very slight Gothic tones didn’t hurt eitherAs a debut novel the author did a wonderful job with the plot atmosphere and characterizations making a very nice impressionAnyone who loves mysteries will enjoy this novel4 starsThis review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews To read the full review click on this link


  4. Cindy Burnett Cindy Burnett says:

    45 starsTracee de Hahn’s debut novel Swiss Vendetta is a must read for mystery lovers The mystery itself is highly entertaining and the resolution believable to me this is where a lot of mysteries fail but my very favorite part of the novel is the Swiss setting particularly the Chateau Vallotton As the book opens Agnes Luthi a Swiss police detective has recently switched from Financial Crimes to Violent Crimes following the death of her husband Lausanne Switzerland is in the midst of the snow storm of the century when Luthi gets called to the Chateau Vallotton to investigate the murder of a young woman Felicity Cowell who was stabbed on the Chateau’s lawn The wealthy Vallotton family had hired Felicity to inventory the family’s priceless art collection and other valuable treasures Two weeks into her inventory project she is found stabbed on the lawn of Chateau Vallotton in the height of the horrific storm The blizzard has knocked the power out across the entire region and the roads are nearly impassable by the time Luthi gets to the Chateau Luthi and her team are tasked with solving the crime before someone else is killedSwiss Vendetta contains a fabulous cast of characters each with their own agendas and secrets My favorite character is Luthi who feels guilty about being apart from her children during the blizzard but finds peace in focusing on something other than her husband’s suicide Count Arsov who lives in the neighboring mansion has his own mysterious past and meticulously kept home The Vallottons are an insular group who are not used to sharing their home with the myriad of visitors brought there by the murder and seem concerned with their own lives than who murdered Felicity There are numerous other carefully created characters that play significant roles in this very entertaining mysteryDe Hahn’s vivid thoughtful descriptions of the Chateau and the eeriness created by the lack of electricity create a somber spooky setting for Swiss Vendetta The candlelight in the Chateau’s cavernous rooms cast shadows in corners and leave large areas in the dark adding to the mood De Hahn capitalizes on this mysterious atmosphere and the various odd rooms that ancient chateaus might have such as dungeons long dank tunnels and hidden rooms to create the perfect setting Her eually fabulous depiction of the bitterly cold weather Luthi and her crew endure made me feel like I was right in the midst of the stormI highly recommend Swiss Vendetta and cannot wait to read the next installment in the series Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review


  5. Mara Mara says:

    35 stars I would probably describe this as a literary country house whodunnit The writing character work in this mystery was really lovely and I was also enchanted by the setting Swiss chateaux in the middle of snow storm I do think the plot pacing suffered a bit for the emphasis on the writing character work but overall this was a highly enjoyable police procedural


  6. Kathy Kathy says:

    Swiss Vendetta is Tracee de Hahn's debut mystery novel and that's a fact that many readers will find hard to believe When an author comes out of the gate writing this well and telling a story this fascinating it's deeply satisfying to the reader who knows that a special storyteller has arrived I was expecting a nice read a good story but I received a thrilling read an exceptional story Swiss Vendetta is a locked room style mystery and a police procedural where the lead investigator is on her first murder case De Hahn skillfully ensconces the reader into a world where snow and ice have isolated the players in the drama You will feel the cold and take the trip with Inspector Agnes Luthi in a meticulous examination of past and present clues You will get to know characters that are complex with secrets that run deep You will be enchanted with the setting of Lausanne Switzerland You will enter this locked room of frozen stillness and be taken on a suspenseful journey of the best intrigueInspector Agnes Luthi has made a focus switch in her police work from financial crimes to violent crimes to make a fresh start after the sudden death of her husband three months prior She is readying to go home from her beginning day when she takes a call about a woman found dead on the grounds of Chateau Vallotton With a nasty ice and snow storm in the makings a prediction of the storm of the century category Agnes must choose whether to brave the elements to investigate She accepts the challenge and soon finds herself in a closed world of wealth and secrecy cut off from the rest of civilization by the unyielding weather with no electricity She and two other police officers along with those officers' guide were the last to get through to Chateau Vallotton The woman who was found dead in the snow and frozen to the ground is determined to be a murder victim stabbed in the back The dead woman's clothes are the first puzzle as she is in a gown from the Napoleon era with a man's coat over it and boots that are too large for her What was she doing out in such weather so ill prepared for the elements so oddly clothed? Inspector Luthi faces a family not open with outsiders and scant evidence in trying to solve who among the family and friends had reason to kill Felicity Cowell an appraiser for a London auction house working on the Vallotton art pieces The chateau provides the perfect metaphor for the case with its endless secret tunnels and hidden doors and staircases Having discovered one secret door another one pops up to distract from the right path While searching for answers in the past lives of the Chateau's residents Agnes is still searching for her own answers in her own recent past concerning the death of her husband The inspector has much to prove in solving this murder to herself and those with whom she works Even though Agnes struggles with her personal life she doesn't let it interfere with the job she has been assigned This character is troubled but strong with a strength that must be admired and is The whole cast of characters that de Hahn creates are each interesting with their own back stories that are deftly worked into the story line I am always delighted to get in on the ground floor of an exceptional mystery series but the price to pay is that there is a wait for the next novel I look forward to from Tracee de Hahn in this new solid series


  7. Kristin Kristin says:

    I was excited to read a new European series in a country that I don't read much about particularly as it started off with a traditional locked room mystery However I struggled and struggled to get through it I sort of liked Agnes although I felt like de Hahn focused too much on one aspect of her historypersonality to the detriment of others There were a lot of other characters between the two snowed in houses that seemed awfully flat And then the mystery just got way too over the top There was definite potential but I just wasn't buying it The fine print received ARC from NetGalley


  8. Lynn Horton Lynn Horton says:

    Tracee de Hahn is onto something with Agnes Luthi De Hahn's books are well written She depicts the Switzerland I've visited in terms that ring true Her characters are interesting and I cheer for them as they struggle to face their challenges This book contains some unexpected plot twists regarding Luthi's late husband that I did not see coming and I appreciate the author's clever plottingDe Hahn also writes beautifully which makes the stories enjoyable I have pre ordered her next book


  9. Barb in Maryland Barb in Maryland says:

    35 stars I rather enjoyed this debut mystery It had a lot of good things going for it and a few that didn't work for meRead the blurb it does a very good job of setting the sceneWhat workedThe heroine is great I really liked Agnes She is smart brave and an emotional wreck She is barely coping with her husband's recent death; she misses her three young sons whom she had to leave with her mother in law To add to the stress said MIL doesn't like Agnes So our Agnes comes with a lot of baggageThe setting and secondary cast of characters Oh my it is all very Mary Stewart Remote chateau cut off by the ice storm perfect setting for an gothic sort of mystery We have the titled family the visitors who are trapped at the chateau the policeman doctor and a taciturn guide from the village the staff of the chateau and the dead woman most of these people have secrets But which one is the killer?The mystery itself was nice and twisty the author does a good job with the red herringsWhat didn't uite workI though the author tried to cram one sub plot too many into the story We had the death of Felicity Cowell plot the WWII sub plot the Russian mafia mini plot as well as the sub plot involving the death of Agnes's husband I would have really scaled back on the husband sub plot as it had nothing to do with the murder except for how it was affecting Agnes's state of mindThere was a plot moppet Mimi who was not to me a real child She was on hand to find the body and to be in the right place at the right time to let the reader realize who the killer is One final note I read this during a snowstorm Even though I was sitting nice and warm in a well lit house I kept getting colder and colder The author did a great job of evoking the cold dark chateau and all the ice and windI did like the author's voice I did like Agnes I will definitely read the next


  10. Andrea Larson Andrea Larson says:

    I’m always looking for new mystery authors to read so after noticing positive reviews for this book in trade journals I picked it up It had everything I look for in a mystery a uniue setting a chateau in Switzerland a compelling sleuth and a good puzzle Agnes Luthi is a Swiss American police inspector who is struggling with the recent suicide of her husband Recently transferred from the financial crimes to the violent crimes division she is sent to a grand chateau on Lac Leman just outside Lausanne to investigate a murder Unfortunately for Agnes Switzerland is in the middle of its worst ice storm in decades She barely makes it to the chateau before the power goes out roads are closed and the chateau’s inhabitants are all trapped there Thus begins de Hahn’s variation on the classic locked room mysteryThe murder victim is a young British woman who has been appraising antiues at the castle There is no shortage of possible suspects in residence the wealthy Vallotton family who owns the chateau some foreign guests staying for an extended period or even the mysterious elderly Russian gentleman who lives in the mansion next door As Agnes makes her way through the list of possible killers she learns secrets from the past and some surprising facts about her own husband’s death And the cold both literal and figurative that seeps into the chateau is almost palpableHopefully this book is the start of a series; I’d like to see of Agnes Luthi Swiss Vendetta is a perfect read for a cold winter’s night


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