Murder in Provence

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The third installment in the Maggie Newberry mysteries, this book takes the reader further into the sleepy little French town of St-Buvard, where Maggie and Laurent discover not one but four murders to spice up their tenure in Provence. The wine, the food, the scenery and that sexy Frenchman, Laurent, make the journey a very palatable one indeed!
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Overview

The third installment in the Maggie Newberry mysteries, this book takes the reader further into the sleepy little French town of St-Buvard, where Maggie and Laurent discover not one but four murders to spice up their tenure in Provence. The wine, the food, the scenery and that sexy Frenchman, Laurent, make the journey a very palatable one indeed!
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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Sherry Ward
This is one of the best cozy mysteries I have read in a while. It has suspense and I did not have a clue who was the murderer until the author revealed it. This plot is full of twists and keeps you guessing until the end. I loved Maggie and feel I know her and the descriptions of France makes you feel you are there and it is as if I can smell the lavender, the foods and it feels as if you are in the middle of a great story unfolding. I highly recommend this book and any book by this author
Goodreads - Susan Bennett
Wow, what an intense ending,I couldn't put the book down.I found myself hoping for a good resolution to Maggie and Laurent's marriage, just the right amount of intrigue with the detective and enough suspects just enough suspects so it wasn't an easy mystery. I definitely have to read the first 2 Maggie novels as the hints of what happened previously left me wanting to know.
G - Quetzi Fernald
I found the book highly entertaining & the characters who are well developed & plot make you feel right at home. I was instantly transported to Provence & felt like I was working right alongside Maggie. I found this book to be very addictive & now all I can think about is when I can get my hands on the other books in this series. I'm desperate for a Maggie fix! You won't be able to put this book down until you finish it! It kept me guessing whodunit all the way to the very ending.
Goodreads - Kathy Church
Just finished reading and this was a very good book. I am going to have to read the first two now to see what I have missed. This book grabs hold of you from the first chapter.
Goodreads - Gail Demaree
It is a nice cozy mystery. A good beach read. it had lots of twists and turns and I didn't know who the murderer was until the end of the book. I usually know before that. Maggie is trying to write a french cookbook but knows nothing about cooking and is hoping her chef husband Laurent will help her. Maggie decides to help solve a murder with her best friend Grace. A very interesting read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781492828761
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/26/2013
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Kiernan-Lewis spent her childhood in France and the love affair never quit. A freelance writer in Atlanta, Georgia, she writes mysteries and romance thrillers.
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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    French countryside, French food, and a sexy French husband are n

    French countryside, French food, and a sexy French husband are not quit
    fulfilling American transplant, Maggie Newberg's life in her French
    country vineyard. Plus, her best friend is returning to the
    states.  Though Maggie is trying to fill her time writing a French
    cookbook with a twist, she's just finding that to be one more annoying
    part of her dull and duller days. Besides that,  she can't cook and her
    chef husband isn't cooperating or collaborating as she had wished .
    Then people start dying all around her.  When one of these is the
    daughter of a friend who is convinced her daughter's philandering
    cheating husband beat her to death, Maggie finds her calling--again. The
    hunky French policeman is missing many clues and really does not seem to
    have his heart in his work.  Maggie finds herself wondering if she would
    like his heart to be drawn to her.  But they eventually decide to
    compare notes when there is another attempted murder.   This is a fun
    mystery with many twists and turns.  The setting, food and scattered
    French phrases made me feel like I was taking one of those mystery
    vacation packages in Provence!!  The clues and solutions may fool you
    into following the wrong suspect, and the life threatening tension at
    the end of the book will make you glad it's a book instead of a real
    life mystery.  Great vacation beach read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    Laurent and Maggie are having problems communicating without fig

    Laurent and Maggie are having problems communicating without fighting. Maggie's not sure what the problem is but she finds herself on the end of temptation with sexy detective Roger Bedard who is investigating the murders of women who have a connection with the local hospital. Who is murdering these women and why?

    I enjoyed Murder in Provence. I thought I had it figured out early in the book but I was so wrong. The murders are not pretty but the mystery is well done. There is just enough information given that I tried to solve the murders but not enough information was given that I could get the right person until the end when it is explained.

    I like Maggie and Laurent. They are still working their way through the early days of marriage. Neither is given to talking about it but Maggie is thinking and coming up with the wrong answers. The secondary characters are good. Marie and Rene and their family give the story the French touch. The police come across as incompetent. I loved how Maggie compared them to American crime shows on TV.

    At times there is a bit of a disconnect between a character and what I thought he would do in the case of Laurent's friend, Jean Luc, when he is out hunting. That scene and his subsequent scene seemed unfinished. Other than that I enjoyed this book and will get the first two so I know how Maggie and Laurent start.I was given this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Too much too farfetched

    This is one of those shorter e-novels that current writers are often required to produce in conjunction with a more standard novel. Specifically, this e-novelette is a sequel to Susan Kiernan-Lewis's book Murder a la Carte (a murder mystery set in Provence, France).

    I enjoyed the former book partly for its setting, partly for its characters and partly for the interesting way the mystery was resolved. Obviously from my rating, I did not care for this book as much.

    While I enjoyed the return of a familiar set of characters, I found too much of this book way too farfetched. Also (and this is true in both books), while Kiernan-Lewis often throws in some French, not all of it is correct. Finally (minor point), the lack of editing and final proof reading showed up at several points in this book. (Apparently, Kiernan-Lewis had been undecided about what the last name of a character should be and in the final rendition, instead of a name, there is a note that a name needs to be inserted.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    highly Recommended- Check it out!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the French flavor of this book, including the French phrases, food, and wine references. The protagonist is an intelligent and modern woman. The description of the area is an important aspect of the plot. I have read all of the books in this series.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    I loved this book! Since the theme was set in Provence & tha

    I loved this book! Since the theme was set in Provence & that is one of my favorite places in the whole world I was dying to read this book! I couldn't put it down until I finished it! The main character, Maggie Newberry, is an ex-pat living in Provence with her French husband, Laurent. She's working on writing a French cookbook whose main ingredient seems to be murder. While the body count is rising, Maggie tries to help the bumbling local French police. I was instantly thrown into the French culture & I found the story & characters highly addictive. This book kept me guessing all the way to the end & that is very unusual for me! MURDER IN PROVENCE is a quick read that keeps you wanting for more. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in this series. It's a must read series!

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    Maggie is an American in the French country-side whose husband w

    Maggie is an American in the French country-side whose husband works his vineyard and does the cooking. She is bored with nothing to do and when a new friend is murdered decides to investigate it herself. It has twists and turns to keep you in suspence and trying to figure out who the killer is. A great read for those who love mysteries. I recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    One More Round

    This story is about an unlikely American sleuth in a small town in France. Maggie has a rather uneventful life and takes on the project of writing a cookbook of American tastes in France. She drives her husband, the owner of a vineyard and excellent cook, to distraction. He often shoos away her inquiries driving Maggie to seek entertainment/answers for her cookbook elsewhere. Maggie has few friends and one of her friends Grace is moving back to the US, and Maggie goes in search of a replacement friend. When she meets Brigitte, it seems the balance in her world will be righted. Much to Maggie’s horror Brigitte is murdered and sets her on a quest to solve the mystery the bumbling police are unable to.
    I usually enjoy murder mysteries, but unfortunately Murder in Provence fell flat for me. The pace in the beginning was slow and finally picked up halfway through the book where the story acknowledges movement to the murder committed in the prologue. It was hard to decipher the voices of the characters, and I confused Maggie and Marie often. The only character that really stuck out was Pijou, the jealous sister. I noticed some quirky uses of character perspectives and use of (dog’s name) instead of using a dog’s name. I think one more round of editing would polish the story and give it a bit more dimension.
    I would recommend this book as a good, soft mystery that has a strong, albeit predictable ending.

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