A master of mystery and suspense, Frank Tallis brings back Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt and Dr. Max Liebermann in an eBook short story exclusive—a new, riveting turn-of-the-century tale in the “captivating historical series” (The New York Times Book Review) that is beloved around the world.
Haunted by the sudden death of her grown son, Countess Zigana Nadazdy-Hauke is as unhappy as she is elegant. But is she miserable enough to drown herself in the bath? That’s the conventional wisdom in Vienna. But Rheinhardt and Liebermann have another idea after meeting the poor soul’s much younger widower: Oktav Hauke is handsome and dashing, but also callous to the point of pathology, admittedly abusive, in debt up to his ears, and a serial surviving spouse: He’s lost two other rich older wives to premature deaths. Now he’s the obvious suspect. But can this solution be too simple, as well?
After the shocking ending, catch a preview of Frank Tallis’ thrilling new novel in the series, Death and the Maiden!
About Frank Tallis
Frank Tallis is a writer and practicing clinical psychologist. He is the author of two previous Dr. Max Liebermann novels: Vienna Blood and Mortal Mischief.
PRAISE FOR FRANK TALLIS’S VIENNA THRILLERS
“A most enjoyable read and, as usual, Vienna sparkles with atmosphere.”—The Times (London),on Vienna Twilight
“Rich in historical detail . . . chock-full of tantalizing elements.”—The Austin Chronicle, on Vienna Secrets
“Immensely satisfying . . . delights us with rich, often gorgeous prose . . . If you’re looking for the best in popular fiction, it’s well worth seeking out.”—The Washington Post, on Fatal Lies
The Melancholy Countess (Short Story) by Frank Tallis