Release date: February 6, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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 Vallatton, is at the same trade show―and he’s looking for Agnes. Julien Vallatton 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 next mystery, A Well-Timed Murder, is another magnetic mystery that will engross readers from the opening page to the stunning conclusion.
A Well Timed-Murder is the second book in a series that follows Agnes, a Swiss police officer. I regrettably haven’t read the first installment but I had no problem beginning the book here as the author did a fine job of providing the relevant background information that I missed. Having said that, I do wish I had the time to start at the beginning because what is mentioned about the past sounds dang good, so start with book one if you like the sound of this one.
I haven’t read many books set in Switzerland so this provided a unique and fresh point of view that I throughly enjoyed. I had NO idea that the Swiss watchmaking industry was so secretive, cutthroat and and surprisingly interesting, but it was truly fascinating. Agnes is a likable lead with a compassionate side that endeared her to me and I would love to see more of her character. I would recommend this for fans of classic murder mysteries that also like rich atmospheres and complex plots.
A Well-Timed Murder in three words: Notable, Engaging and Refined.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my review copy.