“Swiss Vendetta is a true page turner.” — CHARLES TODD, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE IAN RUTLEDGE AND BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERY SERIES
“Tense, atmospheric, and richly detailed.” — ASHLEY WEAVER, AUTHOR OF MURDER AT THE BRIGHTWELL
“Fans of both contemporary and historical mystery will devour this debut from Tracee de Hahn as her modern-day sleuth wades through secrets and deceptions in a centuries-old chateau.” —ALYSSA MAXWELL, AUTHOR OF THE GILDED NEWPORT MYSTERIES
Detective Agnes Lüthi, 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 Château Vallotton, at the edge of Lac Léman, 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 Château Vallotton, which is dripping in priceless works of art and historical treasures.
Agnes finds it difficult to draw answers out of anyone—the tight-lipped Swiss family living in the château, the servants who have been loyal to the family for generations, the aging WWII survivor who lives in the neighboring mansion, 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 Lausanne, and Agnes finds herself trapped in the candlelit halls of the château 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.