Black Forest Reckoning
By Bluette Matthey
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’.
It is my pleasure to read and review Black Forest Reckoning by Bluette Matthey. This is the third book of the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series but is easily read as a standalone novel.
This is an engaging mystery novel, but also serves as a wonderful travel guide to the Black Forest area of Germany and it’s many wonders. Ms. Matthey has done a painstaking amount of research of the area. Her knowledge of the area adds a great deal to the pleasure of reading Black Forest Reckoning.
The mystery unravels in the midst of Hardy Durkin’s tour through the area and provide the perfect amount of suspense throughout the novel. Ms. Matthey’s mastery of the whodunit is incomparable and reminds me of another of my favorites, Agatha Christie! I am definitely heading to my favorite etailer to pick up the previous two books in this series and look forward to future series offerings!
I highly recommend Black Forest Reckoning by Bluette Matthey and give it five cozy cups of Room With Books coffee (to go, of course).
©November 11, 2015
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 www.bluettematthey.com
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