The book is a mystery. It introduces Inspector Georg Büchner who is investigating the murder of one of the residents of the retirement home.
When I first started reading it I thought I had messed up. It seemed really slow and there didn’t really seem to be much story there.
By the time I got to the end of the second chapter though I was getting hooked and by the end of the third I was pretty much caught up into it.
I’m not really sure exactly why. The book is very slow paced and not much really excitng happens. There are no chase scenes and no fights…just normal people being people.
They turned out to be really interesting people though. Mostly old people who have chocsen to move into what is really a very fancy retirement/nursing home. One for people with money.
Some of them can still mostly take care of themselves. Others need more help. And quite a few of them have secrets.
Which I suppose isn’t really surprising considering that all old people were once young…and maybe not so smart.
The ending surprised me too. I ended up really liking this book. It was a nice change from the more action packed books I usually read.
From The Back Cover:
Eleanor and Franz Fabian arrive from New York to spend Christmas with Franz’s mother in her sedate retirement home in the Vienna Woods. Their expectations are low: at best, boredom, at worst, run-of-the-mill family friction. But when the wealthy, charming Herr Graf is found dead in his apartment with an ugly head wound, the Fabians are thrust into a homicide investigation. Some residents and staff have surprising connections to the dead man, but who would have wanted to kill him? Inspector Büchner tracks down the murderer against a backdrop of Viennese history from the Nazi years to the present day. Witty, suspenseful, lyrical, this is a literary whodunit that will keep you guessing till the last page.
About The Author :
Dorothy James was born in Wales and grew up in the South Wales Valleys. Writer, editor, and translator, she has published short stories as well as books and articles on German and Austrian literature. She has taught at universities in the U.S., England, and Germany, makes her home now in Brooklyn and often spends time in Vienna and Berlin. She wrote A Place to Die in her attic apartment on the edge of the Vienna Woods. She has travelled far from Wales, but has not lost the Welsh love of playing with language; she writes poems for pleasure as does Chief Inspector Büchner, the whimsical Viennese detective who unravels the first mystery in this new series of novels.