The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery (The Homeswappers)

 by Adriana Licio

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The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery
(The Homeswappers) by Adriana Licio

About The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies

The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery (The Homeswappers)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: The Hometravellers Press (September 1, 2020)
~180 pAGES
Digital ASIN: B08DD8C46D

A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies. 

Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.


When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?


Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?

◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆

About Adriana Licio 

She loves loads of things: traveling, reading, walking, good food, small villages, and home swapping. She runs her family perfumery, and between a dark patchouli and a musky rose, she reads and writes cozy mysteries.

She resisted writing as long as she could. But one day she found an alluring blank page and the words flowed in that weird English she’d learned in Glasgow…

> Get a taste of Adriana’s world reading And Then There Were Bones the prequel to her An Italian Village Mystery series, exclusive to the subscribers on her mailing list –

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MY REVIEW! — 5 Stars!

I LOVED ” The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies!”

Ella and Dora, the two elder characters, are so well drawn. They are both separate and unique and very likable in totally different ways. I would have loved to spend time with them as they settled into the house they were staying in (The first of many, I hope, international house swapping.) and toured the attractions and coffee/pastry shops in town.

And Rothenburg with all it’s shops, towers, walls, vineyard, and the lake was easily envisioned in my mind from the author’s wonderful descriptions. (I did have to look up what a halberd was, since it was the murder weapon. Scary thing!!) The mystery – involving an old, gaunt man dressed in black cloak and hat who led midnight tours of the town – was so very well plotted that I didn’t suspect the villain till the end when things came together very quickly. Although on second thoughts, there were those cleverly hidden clues…

I was intrigued by the gnarly Barbarossa gang, and can just picture those big “bisons” as they did a good deed and then went riding off before the police came. And of course…Leon. Napoleon the Basset Hound was really a star too. Such a smart and lovable dog! 

Those “shame” masks were very interesting (and scary!) What a delightful way the author used them to highlight murder!  Well, I liked this book so well, I have already pre-ordered the Mecklenburg and Aero Island books as well. Can’t Wait.


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