The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies
A German Cozy Mystery
(The Homeswappers) by Adriana Licio
About The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies
1st in Series
Publisher: The Hometravellers Press (September 1, 2020)
Digital ASIN: B08DD8C46D
A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies.
Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.
When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?
Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?
◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆
About Adriana Licio
She loves loads of things: traveling, reading, walking, good food, small villages, and home swapping. She runs her family perfumery, and between a dark patchouli and a musky rose, she reads and writes cozy mysteries.
She resisted writing as long as she could. But one day she found an alluring blank page and the words flowed in that weird English she'd learned in Glasgow...
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The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies by Adriana Licio has Dora and Etta arriving in Rothenburg, Germany for a monthlong stay. They have swapped homes with the Baumann family. They take the Night Watchman Tour of Rothenburg that evening which ends with them finding the tour guide murdered. Dora had bonded with the watchman’s dog, Leon who is distraught at the loss of his master. Dora insists on taking Leon home over Etta’s objections. When their neighbor’s son becomes the prime suspect, Dora and Etta work to find the real killer. The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies is the first full-length novel in The Homeswappers series. It can be enjoyed without having read the prequel, Castelmezzano, The Witch is Dead. I thought The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies was well-written with lively, developed characters. Dora and Etta are retired teachers who get a very small pension. They share a house and car in Italy which allows them to travel if they participate in homeswapping. Rothenburg, Germany is their first homeswapping vacation. Rothenburg is a picturesque village with cobblestones, narrow streets, friendly residents, and charming shops. I loved the descriptions of the village which made me feel I was there with the ladies. The story moved along quickly as Dora, Etta, and Leon worked to find the killer. The mystery had a couple of suspects and good clues to help readers solve the crime. The instrument used to kill the watchman was unique. Leon was a great addition. He is quite the little sleuth. It was interesting learning about shame masks and the various pastries native to the area. The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies takes readers abroad to Germany where there is a calculated killer, appetizing pastries, a cute canine, tension among the tour guides, charming Christmas shops, and snoopy senior sleuths.
The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies is available from Amazon. It is available through Kindle Unlimited. The prequel to The Homeswappers is Castelmezzano, The Witch is Dead. The next two novels in The Homeswappers are A Wedding and A Funeral in Mecklenburg which will be out November 1 and An Aero Island Christmas Mystery which publishes on December 15. Adriana Licio is the author of The Italian Village Mystery series. Would you like to win a digital copy of The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies? Leave me a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) for a chance to win. I would love it if you follow my blog as well (button on the right at the top). Contest ends on September 23 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good Luck! For more chances to win, visit the other stops on the tour (schedule below). The images I included today are from Rothenburg and the Night Watchman Tour. Thank you for stopping in today. I will be back tomorrow with The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox. I hope that you have an lucky day. Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!
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