Murder in the Rue Dumas (Verlaque and Bonnet Series #2)

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The second book in the delightful Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series is another page-turning whodunit, this time in set in a small community of theology students and professors at Aix-en-Provence's university.
 
When the director of the theology department at the university in Aix is found dead, Judge Verlaque is dumbfounded. Professor Moutte was about to announce the recipient of both a fellowship, and his position as Director—which ...

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Overview

The second book in the delightful Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series is another page-turning whodunit, this time in set in a small community of theology students and professors at Aix-en-Provence's university.
 
When the director of the theology department at the university in Aix is found dead, Judge Verlaque is dumbfounded. Professor Moutte was about to announce the recipient of both a fellowship, and his position as Director—which includes the coveted apartment in a 17th century mansion. The prospective recipients and others close to Moutte make up a long list of suspects, but Verlaque isn’t convinced any of the eager students or desperate teachers are capable of murder, and he must dig deeper. With Marine’s help—and that of her plucky mother—Verlaque uncovers a world that proves more complicated than university politics.

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Publishers Weekly
Longworth’s entertaining second mystery set in Aix-en-Provence (after 2011’s Death at the Château Bremont) plunges magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his law professor girlfriend, Marine Bonnet, into the world of academe following a murder. Someone has battered in the head of Dr. Georges Moutte, the chair of the theology department at the University d’Aix, who was about to retire. The body was found by two students who broke into Moutte’s office to learn if either of them had won a prestigious fellowship, but who left the scene without reporting the murder in order to conceal their own breaking and entering. Apart from probing the rivalries among the university’s faculty, Verlaque also looks into the possibility that the killer was an art thief. Fans of European sleuths with a taste for good food such as Martin Walker’s Bruno (Bruno, Chief of Police) will have fun. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The idyllic French town of Aix-en-Provence is disrupted by a murder on the local university's campus. Apparently, someone couldn't wait any longer for the theology school's aging dean, Dr. Moutte, to retire. Moutte loved to manipulate his professors and students, so motives abound. While Commissioner Bruno Paulik and his boss, Judge Antoine Verlaque, query the parties involved, Verlaque's lover, Marine Bonnet (a law professor at the same college), investigates in her own amateur-sleuth style. They realize that much more than academic promotion is at stake when the value of Moutte's prized Gallé vase collection is revealed. Seeking answers, Antoine and Marine travel further afield into Italy's Umbrian region. VERDICT Longworth's gentle procedural succeeds on several levels, whether it's for academic and literary allusions, police work, or armchair travel. With deftly shifting points of view, Longworth creates a beguiling read that will appeal to Louise Penny and Donna Leon fans. Readers might benefit from reading the first title in the series (Death at the Chateau Bremont) before embarking on this one, but it's not required.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143121541
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Verlaque and Bonnet Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 267,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

M.L. Longworth has lived in Aix-en-Provence since 1997. She has written about the region for The Washington Post, The Times (U.K.), The Independent (U.K.), and Bon Appétit Magazine. She is the author the Verlaque and Bonnet series, as well as of a bilingual collection of essays, Une Américaine en Provence. She divides her time between Aix and Paris, where she teaches writing at NYU's Paris campus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    Stong sense of place

    This is the second of a series of mysteries set in the Provence region of France (chiefly Aix-en-Provence). Excellent for its sense of place. A good balance is struck between developing the mystery and further developing the relationship between the two main characters in the series, Verlaque and Bonnet.

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    Posted January 22, 2013

    To scarlet

    Draws mustache on your face

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    Posted January 21, 2013

    Flynn

    Walks over to the party

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    Posted January 21, 2013

    Allissa

    Both of you calm down and talk it out without killing each other!

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Sydney

    *Unsheathes magical swird and examines it* (she recieved it from the Oracle)

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    Posted January 22, 2013

    Sky

    Angel can be here if she wants

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Courtney

    Arent you playing?

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