Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Date: 02/01/2012
Grade: 4+
Details: no. 6 District Heuvelrug

            Free E-Book
            Read in Dutch, the original language

Andre Lourier is looking forward to a quiet Christmas. He has been asked to house-sit for his favourite cousin and her husband, who is not fond of Lourier at all.
Although he has been given strict instructions, Lourier forgets to set the house alarm on the first night and disaster strikes. The house is broken into and the priceless collection of porcelain houses, collected by his cousin's husband, is stolen.
Initially Lourier hopes that the police will solve the case and return the collection before its owners return. But when a triple murder is committed in a nearby town the police have to allocate all their resources there and the theft is firmly placed on the back-burner.
Desperate not to have his negligence exposed, Lourier starts investigating the theft himself and appears to be on the right track.
Unfortunately he has no idea how much danger he has been in, a danger that is still lurking, waiting for a second chance...

This is the sixth book in the "District Heuvelrug" series. I haven't read any of the previous books, but that didn't interfere with my enjoyment of this novella at all.
This was a well plotted mystery. While the reader knows that the theft and the tripple murder almost certainly have to be connected, there is no way they are going to figure out how or why until the moment the author decides to reveal the solution. And even when everything has been made clear, the danger for our main character has not yet been averted.
I received a free e-book copy of this book and was happily surprised when I read it. I really enjoyed reading this story and will probably try to get my hands on other books in this series when I'm next visiting The Netherlands.

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