A compelling crime story and a literary style reminiscent of Martin Walker.
After retiring from the Parisian police force, Delphine Gueron returns to her roots. Once a week, she meets up with her old friend Aurelié for tea at the Hôtel Atlantique. But one day, Aurelié doesn’t show up. She’s found dead, evidently fallen from the balcony of her suite. The police treats her death as an accident, but Delphine’s sixth sense tells her there’s more to this tragedy than meets the eye. She begins investigating, unhampered by frustratingly tight rules and regulations. She’s helped by Karim, who had the stupid idea of breaking into Delphine’s home. Since the attempted break-in, Delphine comes up with some fitting punishment by getting him to do some menial jobs around the house and in the garden. The two characters soon form a friendship, of sorts. Their investigation strengthens their bond further, and leads them far into the dark reaches of Franco-German history…