Sons and Brothers

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

The second mystery in the Polizei Bern series will be out on April 18, 2023 and can already be pre-ordered.

Seventh Street Books, ISBN 9781645060581 Paperback $17.95, Kindle $9.99

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. New York Times bestselling mystery author Deborah Crombie called it “a standout debut for 2022!”

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Walking his dog along Bern’s icy Aare river, a surgeon in his seventies drowns. When his bruised corpse is found, his watch is missing. A mugging gone wrong? The more Swiss police detective Giuliana Linder and her assistant Renzo Donatelli learn about Johann Karl Gurtner, the more convinced they are that he was no random victim.

Talking to Gurtner’s family raises as many questions as it answers, but one thing becomes clear: the surgeon’s middle son, Markus, a photographer with a history of violence and substance abuse, has been a disappointment to his father all his life, and he is an increasingly plausible suspect for Gurtner’s murder. Other information leads Giuliana and Renzo back to the village where Gurtner was born, and, spending so much time together, they again have to deal with their attraction to one another and their ambivalence about having an affair.

Alongside their investigation another story unfolds.  During the year leading up to Gurtner’s death, his son Markus becomes friends with Jakob Amsler, a long-ago classmate of the surgeon’s. In contrast to the privileged young Gurtner, Jakob was a contract child, removed from his family by the authorities at nine and placed on a farm to work in terrible conditions.  From Jakob, Markus learns that his father’s life contains some ugly secrets. 

As Giuliana and Renzo discover more about Gurtner’s past, these secrets threaten to surface.  Did Gurtner’s killer want to keep them hidden—or to force them out into the open at any cost?

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