Intelligent suspense with a classical aproach
Autumn 1946. The ancient owner of an abandoned grand hotel in the Bernese Alps disappears without a trace and is declared dead. His niece Eleanor arrives with her twin sister Violet from Baltimore to claim the inheritance and meets the members of her European family.
Until the opening of the will the small group settles within the empty rooms of the remote hotel palace and dreams of revived grandeur. Eleanor, however, feels increasingly threatened by the strange environment. The mountains as well as the abandoned halls and corridors of the hotel unsettle her. Is the old building really as empty as it seems. When a terrible accident happens and an unexpected snowstorm cuts the hotel off, the situation escalates.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 13 x 21 cm, 443 pages
Cover: Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Eidgenössisches Archiv für Denkmalpflege (EAD): Archiv Photoglob-Wehrli
Publisher: ZYTGLOGGE VERLAG
AWARDED WITH THE LITERARY PRIZE OF BERN'S OFFICE OF CULTURE 2019
«With ‹Bel Veder›, author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic Novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations.»
(…) Mirko Beetschen proves to be a talented narrator who knows how to capture moods accurately and make atmospheres come alive almost physically in his dense language.
Der Bund, 10/18