- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Château Bremont introduces readers to Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his on-again, off- again love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet. When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family château, the town is abuzz with rumors. Verlaque suspects...
Set in charming and historic Aix-en-Provence, France, Death at the Château Bremont introduces readers to Antoine Verlaque, the handsome and seductive chief magistrate of Aix, and his on-again, off- again love interest, law professor Marine Bonnet. When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family château, the town is abuzz with rumors. Verlaque suspects foul play and must turn to Marine for help when he discovers that she had been a close friend of the Bremonts. This is a lively whodunit steeped in the rich, enticing, and romantic atmosphere of southern France.
The death of a cash-poor count offers problems and opportunities for an examining magistrate in Provence.
Aix has grown since the TGV high-speed rail line made the town more accessible. Rents have increased, and trendy shops line thecours Mirabeauin the center of town. But townspeople still greet each other with friendlybiseson each cheek when they meet in one of the town's innumerable cafes. Aixoises love their cafes, none more than Marine Bonnet, who calls Le Mazarin her office, since her law school offers on-campus space only to the most senior professors. It's on Le Mazarin's terrace that she and best friend Sylvie console each other over their affairs, most recently Marine's breakup with Antoine Verlaque. Not exactly handsome, and certainly not kind, Antoine still haunts Marine's dreams even when she lies in the arms of her young lover Arthur. So Marine has big butterflies in her stomach as she climbs the stairs tojuge d'instructionVerlaque's apartment to help him in his latest case: the death of Étienne de Bremont, who supposedly fell from the window of his family's chateau. Marine, a childhood friend of Etienne and his brother François, confirms that a fall by the sure-footed young count is unlikely. But why should the good brother, who worked hard as a filmmaker to support his large family, be lying dead in Saint-Antonin while François runs up gambling debts and plays polo with Russian mobsters on the Côte d'Azur? Verlaque and Bonnet want answers—but is that all they want?
A promising debut for Longworth, who shows there's more to France than Paris and more to mystery than Maigret.
Posted June 22, 2013
I chose this book because the mystery takes place in Aix-en-Provence and the environs - where I was about to travel. Some mysteries have a strong sense of place while others almost could take place anywhere. This was definitely one of the former. Great read, especially if you plan to travel to Provence.
While to its credit, the novel focuses not just on the investigation and eventual solution to the mystery at hand, it also takes time to explicate and develop the personal relationship between the two main characters - Verlaque and Bonnet. That having been said, I felt that at times the novel bogged down in spending too much time on the relationship between the hero and his amour.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.