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Murder in the South of France: A fast-paced thriller mystery with a female sleuth set in Cannes
Murder in the South of France: A fast-paced thriller mystery with a female sleuth set in Cannes

Murder in the South of France: A fast-paced thriller mystery with a female sleuth set in Cannes


3.80 (3 ratings)

What happens when the magic of the south of France collides with romance…and murder?

When Maggie Newberry’s sister is murdered on the French Riviera, Maggie flies to the south of France to bring home her body. When she arrives in France she makes the shocking discovery that her sister had a child that no one in the family knew about—and finds a mystery that’s much bigger and more insidious than one dead American. As Maggie digs deeper for the answers to what really happened to her sister she runs up against a danger that not only threatens her own life and that of the child's and even the lives of her family back home in the States.

This book is a clean read: no graphic violence, sex or strong language
Genre: light culinary cozy mystery, women amateur sleuth

Murder in the South of France (Book 1)
Murder a la Carte (Book 2)
Murder in Provence (Book 3)
Murder in Paris (Book 4)
Murder in Aix (Book 5)
Murder in Nice (Book 6)
Murder in the Latin Quarter (Book 7)
Murder in the Abbey (Book 8)
Murder in the Bistro (Book 9)
Murder in Cannes (Book 10)
Murder in Grenoble (Book 11)
Murder in the Vineyard (Book 12)


Cutesy southern journalist turned sleuth

A family's sorrow with stunning backdrops of sexy French venues and a bunny Frenchman who knows how to turn your no into trades. Just enough sizzle to make it pop. Tighten your seatbelt for the ride!

Recommended for those who like just a touch of sexiness in their mystery.

Joy P

Enjoyed every page and totally surprised at the end! Look forward to reading more in the series as well as other books by this author.

Carmen D. Pou
Loved it

Good read

M. C.
Many suspects

Murder in the South of France is a good read. I couldn't get any feeling for the heroine, one way or the other. The heroine seemed too naïve in some situations. She's curious and determined to find who the murderer is but sometimes she's curious to the point of foolishness. I found the heroine's father's character to be a bit vague, his motives weren't very clear. The killer's motive seemed a bit weak.
Her lover is interesting and mysterious. The action was pretty fast moving.

Don't waste your time

My comments contain spoilers. Read at your own risk if you foolishly decide to read this book despite the numerous bad reviews. I beg you to reconsider. This book is not worth your time.

I really don't think there is one likeable character in this book, except for the poor, little four-year-old girl. And she has been burdened by the author with emotional problems that will not be addressed because of the heroine's deception.
The heroine is an entitled, gullible, ugly American, who has no qualms about breaking the law. Her love interest is a lying, misogynistic con man, which is apparently all right because he is good in bed. They are not great at communicating. Maggie even admires the fact that Laurent doesn't talk much. She also maintains the relationship despite the fact that she does not know what he does for a living, or much of anything else about his life. He is always going out for cigarettes at night and staying gone for two or more hours with no explanation. There are so many red flags in this relationship, that it was ridiculous. Run the other way, girl. But, when she catches him in some massive lies, she forgives him. He says he will give up his life of crime for her. AND SHE BELIEVES HIM!! In Maggie-world, I guess that is a natural thing.
Despite claiming that, in Atlanta, she doesn't go to her car after work alone without Mace, in France she constantly goes to bad neighborhoods despite everyone, from Laurent to the Uber driver, telling her not to. No Mace in sight. I could go on and on, but I hope you get the drift. Run, do not walk, the other way from this book.

It really is a shame. I love France. I love to read about it. Unfortunately, this is not the book, or, I would venture to guess, the series (since I am not masochistic enough to read another one) anyone should read. I apologize to France and the French people for this series.

Loved it

Loved it

Judith B. Dunn
....perfect in Provence

Having lived in France and traveling many times to Provence I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the book. The characters and plot were well done. Nice soft ending.

Marilyn M. Thomas
Nope, not for me

Read the first book in the series of 19. Sure hope they got better. Writing is so so, but then I'm a Louise Penny fan where character depth and development is a given.