Bluette Matthey is a third generation Swiss American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery with her to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe. Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, faithful dog, and band of loving cats.
You can visit Bluette’s website at www.bluettematthey.com
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Why did you choose to write novels in the travel mystery genre?
I love the adventure and newness of travel, and I’ve been hooked on mysteries since fourth grade, so writing travel mysteries is the perfect genre for me.
Where is your book set and why did you choose that location?
My third Hardy Durkin travel mystery is set in the Black Forest, an area with an amazing history, great natural beauty, an enchanting culture, and fabulous food. Throw in a serial killer and it makes for an intriguing plot.
I’d like to know more about Black Forest Reckoning. Can you give us a little background into why you wrote the novel?
I had decided on the Black Forest for the setting and there are a plethora of intriguing old castles in the region. I thought, ‘Castles, dungeons, The Cask of Amontillado, chained in a dungeon, serial killer, university town, stolen identity … ‘
I’d like to know more about the main character. Can you tell us more about him/her?
Hardy Durkin owns and is the main guide for a hiking outfitter company specializing in off-the-beaten-path destinations in Europe. He has a background in analysis and decryption from time spent in the US military, and excelled in the pentathlon at college and military levels. He is not super-hero quality, but much more real and just slightly larger than life. I didn’t want him to overshadow the story line. Hardy has a nose for intrigue, and solved the mystery of his father’s murder in my first book, Corsican Justice.
Can you tell us a little about the supporting characters?
They tend to be an odd lot with distinct characteristics, since they are generally whoever he has along on his hiking tour at the moment. People you’ve probably met in your travels. However, Lieutenant-Colonel Alain Clotiers and Luc Buvain, of the French Foreign Legion who we met in Corsican Justice reappear in Dalmatian Traffick, as does a French paramour.
They say all fiction books have pivotal points in the book where the reader just can’t put the book down. What’s one pivotal point in Black Forest Reckoning?
One such point is when Hardy’s mother stops by the schloss for dinner and realizes people are not who they seem.
What’s next on your agenda?
I’m just completing book four of the Hardy Durkin travel series, Dalmatian Traffick, among other things, targets the migrant crisis in the Balkans.. Hardy is working outside the box of travel outfitting when he heads to the Balkans on a surveillance assignment for the French Foreign Legion under the guise of sailing the Adriatic for some R & R. The mission becomes a rescue operation when he is joined by Colonel Alain Clotiers to find and save a fellow Legionnaire who has gone missing. Hardy becomes entangled in the dark world of sex trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal arms sales while trying to find the killer of a Roma beauty in Dalmatian Traffick.
What would you like to say to your readers/fans?
Take a trip somewhere! Savor the culture, history and food; if you can’t travel, read a Hardy Durkin travel mystery!
Author: Bluette Matthey
Publisher: Blue Shutter Publishing
Genre: Travel Mystery
Outfitter Hardy Durkin and company are visiting the Black Forest area of Germany, staying in the guest wing of a local castle, Schloss Haeflin. In the midst of hiking the Black Forest, enjoying all things Swabian, and spending a day in Baden-Baden, the hikers find themselves at ground zero for coeds disappearing from the nearby University of Freiburg and foul play is suspected. Unresolved personal issues of several members of the group threaten the tour’s cohesion, and Hardy discovers the Baron, who owns the schloss, has stolen someone’s identity as well as his fortune. Ever the sleuth, Hardy untangles the web of deceit, madness, and murder in ‘The Black Forest Reckoning’.