I have to admit I was a little excited about getting this book. It came the other day and I was so mesmerized by the envelope and the stamps that were on it, if truth be told. Why? Because they came from Israel! I quickly opened the envelope as carefully as I could so I didn't mess it up too much and I have it now in my collector's box. I have never gotten mail from Israel so this was big stuff to me! A little ole woman in Georgia, really gets something from there? So, of course, I had to read the book ASAP! Here is an excerpt and then I will tell you a little bit about it.
An American microbiologist dies on stage as he is about to lecture at a sc a scientific congress in Prague, an apparent victimof local criminals. Professor Hildegard Kraus from Heidelberg and her Hungarian born colleague Alex Kertesz from Jerusalem, who hear his last words, are left wondering whether one of the assembled scientists might be the real killer. Whoever it was has also taken Hildegard's watch, a treasured family keepsake with an extraordinary history.
The book itself is a very slim and quickly read book that has the present day events revolving around what happened in the past from the time the watch was made and all the owner's who have had it thru the years. It is kinda a little bit of a history lesson with some fiction thrown in for good measure.
The storyline about Alex & Hildegard is really a little bit like filler information as the real story has to do with the watch. It does have a long and rich story and it ends up in Hildegard's possession because her late husband's father had given it to him. When her husband, Richard, died, she carried it around to remind herself of him. She is very businesslike and very what I call uptight. There were a couple of books before this one that I did not get to read so I am not privy to all the details, but it seems that Hildegard and Alex have known each other for about 6 years while working on the same project that they want published.
The murder of their fellow scientist is baffling and worse, was that in his death, the robbers made off with Hildegard's watch because the murdered scientist had borrowed it and forgot to give it back. The story revolves around getting this watch back and in the meantime, you get the history lesson about the watch.
It almost looked like Alex & Hildegard might have something going on, but no such luck. He is married and has children and lives in Jerusalem and she lives in Germany. They only meet up occassionally to discuss their joint project. To say the least, it is a little bit of an odd relationship, and it's too bad that Alex had to be married.
For some strange reason, when Hildegard holds the watch, she see's images of either things in the past or things in the future. It scares her and she thinks about selling it when she finally does get it back but instead she asks Alex to hold onto it for a few nights to see if he has any visions. He didn't and she is disappointed because she did not want to think she was losing her mind or reality.
I am not sure if this author will write another book picking up where this one left off, but it seems like the ending has left a possibility. There are 2 books prior to this one and if you want to be able to make sense of the whole thing, I would suggest you read those before reading this one. The first book is called The Wish To Kill (written 10 years ago when Alex was younger) and the second one is Murder With A French Accent (which is about Alex's work). They are all written by Janet Hannah who now lives in Jerusalem.
It was a fun, easy and quick read so if you are limited in your time, then this book will be a good match for you. It only has 241 pages and I was able to read it in one day. (I was able to do that because I wasn't feeling good and could do nothing but lie down, so it was pretty easy to do) At the most, it should take you no more than 2 or 3 days to finish the book. If any of you do decide to get the book and read it, I would love some comments on what you thought about the book and the characters.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monitary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.