26 April 2017

Engadine Aerie


By Bluette Matthey

Paperback 286 pages
Publisher Blue Shutter Publishing (26th April 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1941611111

📕My Review

When a body is discovered laying in the snow in the Engadine Valley, Hardy Durkin becomes embroiled in the hunt for a murderer.

There's a lot going on in this book; a body in the snow, a bombing at the ski-marathon, a terrorist arms deal, an incestuous relationship, poisoning, armed drones firing bullets etc and it's all happening on the ski slopes in Switzerland! Hardy Durkin is a likeable character who, completely by chance, finds himself in the thick of things and agrees to assist the authorities in capturing the culprit(s).

Engadine Aerie is written in a lighthearted fashion so there's nothing too gory or upsetting. It reminded me of the Agatha Christie-style detective novels I read as a teenager where the characters all seem rather jolly and shouldn't be taken too seriously. The setting of the book was inventive and I loved imagining the ski slopes, the celebrities holidaying there, the après-ski entertainment and the glamour. on balance, I thought it was a good read and I'd be interested in discovering what Hardy gets mixed up in next.

My thanks to author Bluette Matthey for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐

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Dalmatian Traffick

📗The Blurb

Hardy Durkin heads to the pristine Engadine Valley in Switzerland with the Skimarathon in mind, but is detoured by a body in the snow and an exotic beauty. While assisting TIGRIS in the hunt for a terrorist arms buyer he narrowly escapes two attempts on his life and meets a new and very deadly nemesis in Engadine Aerie.

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