Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Love & Death in Burgundy by Susan C. Shea
"After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task.
When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town's secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine's quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer."
I really enjoyed my time reading this book! It is always delightful when a book just transports you to another place. Reading this book made me feel like I was there in the French countryside with Katherine and her husband. I've never had the chance to visit France but I could certainly picture what it must be like with this book. The descriptions of the food, the countryside....I just couldn't get enough of all of it! This was a quiet read that I just took my time with. I loved Katherine's character so much. The descriptions of the different items she would find at the market and the little thrift shop finds she had come across just fit in so perfectly with the atmosphere of the book. I really can't say enough good things about just the feel of this book. Although there was a murder mystery happening, what I enjoyed most about this book was everything else. Don't get me wrong, I found the mystery portion interesting but it was the other parts that made this cozy mystery stand out for me!
Another thing that I really enjoyed about this book was all of the other characters. There were a variety of characters in this book each different from the other. It made the book fun to read as you never knew what some of the characters were getting up to. I liked the chances that we had to get to know some of these characters as it also helped to make me feel like I was really there within the story. As to the mystery itself, I guessed parts of it but was incorrect as to the reasons why. In fact, I really missed a good portion of the whodunnit completely which made the ending more intense than I had expected. I seriously felt like I was questioning what was going on right until the author decided to share the truth with the reader. It was a solid read and I'm eager to visit this quiet French village again!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am hoping that this is the beginning to a cozy mystery series. It would be really great to have the chance to visit with these characters (and especially Katherine) again! I loved my time in this world that the author created - I almost wasn't ready to leave by the time the story ended. I really think that those readers who like a quieter mystery should give this one a shot as I'm sure that they will enjoy it as much as I did! Highly recommended!
Bottom Line: A book whose atmosphere just pulled me into the world that the author created. I loved every minute of it!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.