THE ENGADINE AERIE, A Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery by BLUETTE MATTHEY #Action Thriller #Bluette Matthey @HardyDurkin



In Bluette Matthey’s latest book, Engadine Aerie, protagonist Hardy Durkin heads to St. Moritz and the stunning Engadine Valley in Switzerland’s Alps for the annual Skimarathon. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, if you’re Hardy Durkin. Murder, an illicit arms deal, attempted murder, and running aground of a seasoned professional poisoner. Kinky sex is an add-on.



What a super idea for a book which is a sort of mix of Wish You Were Here and 007 and it worked brilliantly for me.

This was my first venture into this series, which I read without any problems as a stand alone book. My only regret is that I want to visit the other destinations and find out what Hardy Durkin got up to in them too. What a super character he is. He is certainly at home rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous but he would fit in with anyone either out with the blokes or someone for the ladies to do a little swooning over.

Poor Hardy lending a hand to a friend and helping with her ski school when an unusual soft bump in the snow is found to be a dead body. A rather nasty shock for the class but a new and intriguing case for this amateur super sleuth.  Now I really loved  his investigating that had the act first think later scenes in it, what a hero. A little swoon here. A bomb, a clever poisoning and a relationship that is a little jaw dropping are only the tip of this rather large ice burg. Plus a very wise bird. I really enjoyed the inclusion of the falcon in the story, what clever birds they are.

There are the most beautiful descriptions of these off the beaten track places in the book that were steeped in history but most of all I liked  that the author actually travels to these places to research them and get a proper feel for the area not just look it up on line. I really felt like I was seeing the towns and ski slopes through her eyes as she had seen them. Super combination of this lady’s talents.

I wish to thank the author for an ARC of this book which I have chosen to review.

Bluette Matthey is a 3rd 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 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 those in the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to real life any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats. For more information, please visit Bluette’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Niume.

Bluette’s protagonist, Hardy Durkin, appears in her Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series, which include: Abruzzo Intrigue, Black Forest Reckoning, Corsican Justice, Dalmatian Traffick, and Engadine Aerie.

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