Kim Hays: Pesticide



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Mystery writer Kim Hays discusses her riveting debut novel “Pesticide.” Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, Podbean, or SoundCloud.

Lose yourself in the haunting Swiss city of Bern in this engaging police procedural by debut author, Kim Hays. “Pesticide” follows detectives Guiliana Linder and Renzo Donatelli as they work together to solve two mysterious deaths in the first Linder and Donatelli book.

Bern is known for its narrow cobblestone streets, decorative fountains, and  striking towers. Yet dark currents run through this charming medieval city and beyond, to the idyllic farmlands that surround it.

When a rave on a hot summer night erupts into violent riots, a young man is found the next morning bludgeoned to death with a policeman’s club. Seasoned detective Giuliana Linder is assigned to the case. That same day, an elderly organic farmer turns up dead and drenched with pesticide. Enter Giuliana’s younger colleague Renzo Donatelli to investigate the second murder. Guiliana’s disappointment that they’re on two different cases is tinged with relief—her home life is complicated enough without having to deal with the distractingly attractive Renzo.

But when an unexpected discovery ties the two victims into a single case, Giuliana and Renzo are thrown closer together than ever before. Dangerously close. Will Giuliana be able to handle the threats to her marriage and to her assumptions about the police? If she wants to prevent another murder, she’ll have to put her life on the line—and her principles.

Author Kim Hays lives in Bern with her Swiss husband and is a dual citizen of Switzerland and the US. She grew up in San Juan, Vancouver, and Stockholm, and has lived all over the States. Since her teens, Hays has worked in a variety of jobs, from forewoman in a truck-engine factory to lecturer in sociology to cross-cultural coach for multinational firms. Writing remained in the background until her son left for college, when she decided to try to write a novel.  “Pesticide,” the first mystery in her Polizei Bern series, is the result. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Debut Dagger award by the Crime Writers’ Association. Hays has a BA from Harvard and a PhD from the University of California-Berkeley.

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Author Kim Hays lives in Bern with her Swiss husband and is a dual citizen of Switzerland and the US.

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