In Janet Hannah's third Alex Kertész mystery, her dashing scientist and charismatic sleuth returns with a beautiful German colleague to solve two mysteries: the murder of an American professor and the connection between an old watch and past time. The Wish to Kill analyzes the possibility that thoughts have the power to kill. Murder with a French Accent, the second book in the series, takes Alex to Toulouse, where a biotech company has run into trouble trying to produce a genetically engineered strain of bacteria that he created.
Synopsis: Alex Kertész, returns and sets is on the trail of two parallel mysteries: how did an American professor die and how is it possible to "see" into the past?
In a para-psychological adventure that starts in Prague and ends in Heidelberg, Hungarian born Alex Kertész and his German colleague, Professor Hildegard Kraus, settle into their seats at a scientific congress one evening to listen to an American microbiologist begin his lecture. The man gets up on the stage, but instead of speaking, he drops dead.
While Alex and Hildegard are wondering if one of the other scientists assembled in the hall is the killer, Hildegard discovers her watch, a treasured family keepsake with an intriguing history, has been taken. They conjecture that the murderer is also the thief, and so begins their suspense filled attempt to solve this double mystery.
About the Author: Janet Hannah was born in Toronto and earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Rutgers University. She currently lives in Jerusalem.
Review: The story of the professor's death and the history of an old watch are interwoven successfully into the story, in alternating chapters. I have not read either of the 2 previous mysteries, but the book does stand alone. However, I think if you had read the other books, it would have helped a little more with back story. I learned a lot about Budapest and Hungary from the book, which was a plus! While you might guess who the suspect in the death is, the story of the watch to me was more interesting, especially how the shadows of it reached into current day. My only 'problem', is that I think the book ended oddly, but it could have been a set up for a fourth book. But all in all, it's a decent read.
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