Sons and Brothers

Sons and Brothers is a must-read.

—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

Read the sequel to Pesticide!

Sons and Brothers: “Two members of the Bern, Switzerland, police force navigate their mutual attraction as they investigate the death of a dysfunctional family’s patriarch in Hays’s second series mystery. Hays makes sure that the historical aspects of the story are as compelling as the murder mystery at its heart. The family drama—and it’s a big family with a lot of drama—is consistently engaging and…[t]he author’s descriptions are often unexpected….A smart Swiss procedural that keeps its mystery ticking.—Kirkus Reviews   

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

 —James Ziskin,  author of BOMBAY MONSOON and the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries

The second outing of Linder and Donatelli is as crisp and skilled as the first . . . Brisk plot, depth of character, great setting—what’s not to love?

 —Laurie R. King, Edgar Award-winning author of thirty novels, including the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series

Kim Hays balances winter-keen psychological insight with . . . the beauty of the most charming canton of Switzerland . . . .Giuliana Linder and Renzo Donatelli are compassionate, conflicted, and utterly compelling. Sons and Brothers is a must-read.

—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author 

KIM HAYS has made her home in Bern since she married a Swiss. Pesticide, the first novel in the Polizei Bern series, 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!” Kirkus Reviews says Sons and Brothers, the second book in the series, is “a smart Swiss procedural that keeps its mystery ticking.”

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More about Polizei Bern’s Sons and Brothers:

A surgeon in his seventies doesn’t come home from walking his dog along Bern’s river and is found drowned; it’s clear his death was no accident. As Swiss police detective Giuliana Linder and her assistant Renzo Donatelli investigate the dead man’s background and family, suspicion falls on his middle son, Markus. A photographer with a history of violence and substance abuse, Markus was always a disappointment to his father.

During the year before his father’s death, Markus gets to know Jakob Amsler, a long-ago schoolmate of the surgeon’s in the village where they both lived as boys. From Jacob, Markus learns that his father’s life contained some ugly secrets. Now Giuliana and Renzo are circling in on those secrets, all the while dealing with their attraction to each other and their ambivalence about having an affair.

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