A sixteenth century skeleton, a mysterious and rare strain of plague, an unfaithful wife, a group of overly ambitious academics and the regulars from the Blaue Traube: these are the ingredients of this first-rate crime thriller.
Matthias Spielberger, landlord of the Blaue Traube in Dornbirn, is contacted by his former schoolmate Erasmus von Seitenstetten, a biologist from a family of impoverished aristocrats, who has discovered that one of his forebears fell victim to a mysterious epidemic known as the »English Sweat«. Erasmus is planning—illegally—to exhume his ancestor’s corpse in order to resolve this medical mystery and achieve fame in the process.
But he needs help, which is why Spielberger and his regulars from the Blaue Traube find themselves travelling to the Vienna Woods to pry open the von Seitenstetten ancestral vaults. But in the interim, the bones have attracted the attention of other interested parties and the whole thing is threatening to get seriously out of hand …
Malicious, morbid, and highly entertaining.