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.
About the Author
The protagonist in the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series is German-American Hardy Durkin. Trained in Sigint and a crack marksman, Hardy has placed at the highest levels in the modern and military pentathlon. He is also fluent in four languages ... a man with an interesting set of subskills. He worked for a research and development start-up in New Hampshire using his decoding and intelligence skills, but it wasn't a good fit. Ten plus hours a day in a work space divided up like a rabbit warren was incentive to start Durkin Tours, an outfitter company with hikes in Europe. A trouble magnet, mayhem, murder, and madness have a habit of following Hardy wherever he goes.
Follow Hardy on his treks and adventures in: "Corsican Justice," "Abruzzo Intrigue," "Black Forest Reckoning," and "Dalmatian Traffick.'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There’s nothing better than a really good mystery that also serves as a quasi-travel guide. After reading the latest book in the Hardy Durkin series, I would love to visit Switzerland to see this beautiful country. As for the mystery, it’s believable, the characters are well-developed, and it’s so refreshing to read a novel that isn’t laden with profanity. This is a book you could give to your teenager to read, after you’ve read it yourself of course. Matthey’s descriptive writing style puts you in the middle of the action and you just can’t help but love the kind-hearted, well-meaning, Hardy Durkin. As our author works her way through the alphabet, I’m eager to see what she has in store for Hardy’s next adventure – this time in France
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. Thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.