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About the author: I loved to spin a yarn and write it up in good style from my early schooldays on. When I had to change school at the age of eleven, the new teacher would not believe that I had written an essay all by myself. But I had also other ideas. So I earned degrees in engineering, English, mathematics and computer science from Universities in Zürich, Pretoria and Linz. I worked in industrial management and as a lecturer. Also during my working life, writing was always part of my scope. But I had to await my retirement, before I could dedicate myself to my first novel. When young, I would not have had much to tell, anyway.
The characters in my novel are respectable citizens, people like you and me. They have steady jobs or live otherwise their lives in ease and in well-ordered circumstances. Seven or eight families and different single persons are somehow entangled with each other or have contact points at least. Yet there is a murderer among them – or even two? When you read Edelweiss Castle you may get the impression that this is a new kind of murder mystery with three strange stories interwoven into one narrative. From chapter to chapter it is satisfying reading. As the story progresses, twists and turns become more frequent. My detective Etienne Friendly is not a self- important freak with obsessive features. He too is human like you and me. He has even a family and he has a hobby, his amateur theater. What distinguishes him is his training with the Mounties and with the Sûreté du Québec in Canada. His hero is Allan Pinkerton. His strong points are his shrewd and observant intelligence, his eye for detail, his conception of causal relation, his presence of mind, his tact, his obstinacy – and his sweet manners, if need be.
Edelweiss Castle – Death of an Interviewer – is a murder mystery that introduces a collection of original men and women, among whom is a ruthless murderer – or even two? – who is found out in the end by Etienne Friendly with the help of the young princess and the castle administrator’s son. The 500 years old castle on top of the famous blue rock in Goodland is both the starting point and the destination of this sophisticated novel, which features many facets of human behavior and people of several countries and continents. All that talk of the town about the old Duke of Goodland and Edelweiss Castle was a taboo topic within the walls of the castle. But one day the nobleman, who was an advocate of sustainable development, gave an interview which triggered very strange events. Were the sudden death of the interviewer and a murder from years back intertwined? Etienne Friendly, the founder of Home Investigatory Services in London delves into secrets and quagmire and by and by everything appears in altogether different light.