Regular price: $20.97

Free with 30-day trial Membership
Membership details Membership details
  • 30 days of membership free - plus an audiobook, on us.
  • 1 credit a month after trial - good for any title.
  • Easy exchange. Don't love book? swap it for free.
  • Exchange books you don't like
  • After your free trial, Audible is $14.95 a month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The beautiful medieval architecture of Bruges belies the dark longings of her residents. When the wealthy and powerful Ludovic Degroof’s jewelry store is broken into, nothing is stolen, but the jewels have been dissolved in jars of aqua regia, an acid so strong it can even melt gold. In the empty safe is a scrap of paper on which a strange square has been drawn. At first, Inspector Van In pays little attention to the paper, focusing on the bizarre nature of the burglary. But when Degroof’s offspring also receive letters with this same square, Van In and the beautiful new DA Hannelore Martens find themselves unraveling a complex web of enigmatic Latin phrases, a baroness’ fallen family, and Degroof’s relationship with a hostage grandchild, ransomed for a priceless collection of art.

©2013 Pieter Aspe (P)2013 AudioGO

Critic Reviews

"The Flemish Georges Simenon." (Le Figaro, France)
"A very likable and very politically incorrect group of detectives. Humor is permanent, the plot is well constructed,and the whole story extremely exotic." (L’Express, France)
"To sell a million copies in only ten years! This never happened in Flanders before." (Het Laatste Nieuws, Belgium)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 3.8 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 3.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The narrator tried...

Would you try another book from Pieter Aspe and/or Steven Crossley?

Even Steven Crossley could not make this book interesting. The characters are juvenile and the dialogue sounds like high school. Not worth my credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.