Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review on Sleuths By Chance by Katharina Wallenborg and Jane Hone. This was released on the 24th of July 2019.
Sleuths By Chance by Katharina Wallenborg and Jane Hone
Release Date: 24th of July 2019
Print Length: 234 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Self Published
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Rothenburg Ob de Tauber is the medieval German town which captures Patricia Svensson’s heart, here she relocates herself from her native Sweden, finding friendship and romance plus a sprinkling of intrigue. At age fifty plus, she has no qualms about taking on new challenges in life, even if there are risks involved.
Her friend Amy McKenzie travels from Sydney to take a vacation and support Patricia with her move but plans change when the two women meet a German hotelier and a mysterious British gent. A Swede, an Aussie, a German and a Brit? How could these four, from all corners of the world, possibly become entwined together in an investigation?
Rothenburg’s Criminal Inspector Bertolt von Siemens with his sweet tooth and penchant for Schneebãlle shall step in and seek answers. The two ladies cannot help themselves and become involved with their own style of sleuthing, which in turn proves to be quite fruitful.
A ghastly discovery by the aspiring lady detectives before Amy departs for Australia, brings them to a puzzling conclusion. What will their next adventure entail? Will Amy leave Patricia to carry on in Rothenburg solving cases alone, or will she stay and assist with this new mystery? Then what becomes of the German hotelier and the British gent, are they pivitol in Patricia and Amy’s lives?
Every now and then a rare little gem will come your way that you may have not been otherwise exposed to and Sleuths By Chance is just that gem. I was contacted a little while ago by Jane to see if I would like to review this book that she co-authored with her friend Katharina and I am so glad that I did. If you get the chance, give this book a go. You will not be disappointed.
Sleuths By Chance is the debut novel for Katharina and Jane. Set in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany, the story follows two friends Patricia and Amy. What was meant to a nice and relaxing holiday for Amy, who has traveled to this medieval town from Sydney Australia to catch up with her dear friend Patricia, becomes so much more when the pair become unlikely sleuths and are entangled in a mystery that neither of them expected.
I really loved the characters of Patrica and Amy. They work really well together and it is so refreshing to read a story with two 50 something year old women helping to solve a crime as opposed to 30 something year old detectives that is now the norm. Don’t get me wrong I still love these characters, but something different is always welcomed for me. They are both very well developed and shine through the pages. I also loved Ewart Hummel and look forward to seeing how his relationship with Patricia evolves in future books if at all… James was an intriguing character and I am curious to see if he will be a presence going forward.
I liked how the book was structured and how each chapter had a title and a brief little description to accompany it. It has been so long since I have seen this done and it really was a nice touch rather than the standard chapter one etc. I also really enjoyed the ladies writing style. I am not sure who wrote what, but they were definitely in sync with each other and there is something old fashion in their writing which made for a Miss Marple vibe that I throughly enjoyed.
Sleuths By Chance is a quick fun read to get lost in for a couple of hours. With a strong plot and very likeable characters, a picturesque setting that I loved and has made me want to go there, a bit of romance, that is all told through great writing that leads to a thrilling cliffhanger conclusion, I can’t wait to see what awaits Patricia and Amy in the next instalment. I was an absolute pleasure to read and review Sleuths By Chance which I highly recommend and is a contender to be part of my best books for 2020.
Thank you to Katharina Wallenborg and Jane Hone for providing me a copy of Sleuths By Chance which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Katharina and Jane
We are Katharina Wallenborg from Sweden and Jane Hone from Australia co-authoring and self publishing our debut novel SLEUTHS BY CHANCE.
The book was released in mid-July 2019 through Amazon.com and we are both so thrilled about our accomplishment, to the point where we decided to continue on with our writing endeavour. In fact, book number two is currently progressing very well.
A little background story about us. We are close friends despite living in differing hemispheres and met via our shared interest in the beautiful and popular Christmas store, Käthe Wohlfahrt, situated in Rothenburg, Germany. How fitting then, to write a novel set in this quaint and colourful medieval town. With our combined interest in reading cosy mystery novels, but also other kinds of books, we decided to go about co-authoring a novel of our very own.
We were inspired of course from the queen of mystery writing Agatha Christie and then also a more contemporary writer Kerry Greenwood who has in recent years, produced the popular Miss Fisher Murder Mystery series. Still it was not obvious that we should write in this genre. It all started with a first page sent to the other and from there we went, no idea what it would be.
Now, we are certainly not in the same league as those two fine ladies, even if it turned out to be a book about mysteries, but we can at least aspire to be and they are great role models.