The book launched at the Mysterious Bookshop at 58 Warren Street in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday, April 19.

Giuliana Linder and Renzo Donatelli make for one of the sharpest, most compelling police duos you’ll ever read.

–James Ziskin,  author of the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries

First mystery in the Polizei Bern series

Seventh Street Books, ISBN 9781645060468

Paperback $17.95, Kindle edition $9.99; 356 pages

KIM HAYS has made her home in Bern since she married a Swiss. Pesticide, her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2020 Debut Dagger award by the Crime Writers’ Association.

Ask your local bookstore and your public library to order Pesticide. It’s available through the distributor, Simon and Schuster:

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More about Pesticide:

Bern, Switzerland—known for its narrow cobblestone streets, decorative fountains, and  striking towers. Yet dark currents run through this charming medieval city and beyond, to the idyllic farmlands that surround it.

After a rave on a hot summer’s night erupts into violent riots, a young man is found the next morning bludgeoned to death with a policeman’s club. Later that day, an elderly organic farmer turns up dead and drenched with pesticide.

Seasoned detective Giuliana Linder is assigned to the first death, while her younger colleague Renzo Donatelli heads out to the countryside to investigate the second. Giuliana’s disappointment that they won’t be working together is tinged with relief. Her life is complicated enough without having to deal with the distractingly attractive Renzo.

But when an unexpected discovery ties the two victims into a single case, Giuliana and Renzo are thrown together closer than ever before. Their investigation takes them down a dangerous path, threatening not only Giuliana’s marriage but also her assumptions about the police. To prevent the murderer from killing again, she’ll have to put her life on the line—and her principles.

This debut mystery in the Polizei Bern series is a suspenseful detective story laced with romance. An inventive tale with a fascinating Swiss setting, it’s packed with enough surprises to keep you guessing till the end.

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