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  • Location: Basel, Alsace

The Murder of Anton Livius

The Murder of Anton Livius

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2022: Inspector Hunkeler is summoned back to Basel to unravel a gruesome killing

  • ISBN: 978-1913394875
  • Translator: Astrid Freuler
  • Genre: Crime, Translated Fictioin

What you need to know before your trail

For Inspector Hunkeler the New Year begins with a most unwelcome phone call. He is summoned back to Basel from his holiday to unravel a gruesome killing in a gardening allotment on the city’s outskirts. An old man known as Anton Flückiger has been shot in the head and found hanging from a butcher’s hook from the roof of his garden shed – like butchers hang the carcasses of dead animals. Hunkeler must deal not only with the quarrelsome tenants of the allotment but with the challenges of investigating a murder that has taken place outside his jurisdiction, across the French border in Alsace. The clues lead to the Emmental in Berne, and then events from the last weeks of the Second World War in Alsace come to light, the wounds of which have never healed in the region.

Travel Guide

Basel to Berne and Alsace

Quite a unique mix of locations in this novel. A cross border crime with complicted jurisidiction for those involved.

The Emmental

This is a valley in west central Switzerland, forming part of the canton of Bern. It is a hilly landscape comprising the basins of the rivers Emme and Ilfis. The region is mostly devoted to farming, particularly dairy farming. The principal settlements are the town of Burgdorf and the village of Langnau.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Murder of Anton Livius

Destination: Basel, Berne, Alsace  Author/guide: Hansjörg Schneider Departure Time: 2022

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