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Murder à la Carte (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kiernan-Lewis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When her boyfriend inherits an ancient vineyard in France, Maggie Newberry quits her job in Atlanta to accompany him for a year abroad. They settle in the tiny village of St-Buvard, but murder has gone long before them and follows close behind.
Murder a la Carte brings Atlanta copywriter and southern belle Maggie Newberry to the brink of two connected murders—both committed in her home—and both poised to threaten everything she holds dear. When Maggie agrees to move to France with her boyfriend—a French ex-confidence man who has just inherited a house and vineyard—she doesn’t expect her year of French market shopping and weekend trips to Paris to be interrupted by a vicious murder in her living room. Or that the bloody violence that occurred on their front doorstep sixty years earlier after the end of the Second World War might be connected. If you want to save the price of a ticket to the south of France this year, pick up Murder a la Carte instead. It will give you a delicious escape into the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Provence—all tucked nicely within the framework of a tightly woven mystery that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

If you're looking for a good, fun read to take along to the beach or poolside this summer, you won't find one better than Susan Kiernan-Lewis's debut mystery. This fast-paced novel provides a delicious escape into the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Provence--with a healthy dash of murder thrown in. Kiernan-Lewis writes with meticulous attention to detail, capturing the ambience of a land renowned by lovers and artists for its sensuousness, dazzling light, and windswept horizons. If you've ever dreamed of putting everything in storage and moving to the backwoods of France, this book is for you. Or if you just want to experience France vicariously this summer without the jet lag, this book is for you.

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From the Author

I love France, especially the south of France. Writing "Murder à la Carte" was like taking an extended vacation there. I hope reading it affords the same experience...without all the murders, of course!

Product Details

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477434399
  • Publisher: San Marco Press (July 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FA429K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip this book if you read French. May 24, 2002
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This over-long book is strong on atmosphere and weak--very weak--on writing and character development. Anyone who reads French will be amused (and annoyed) by the frequent errors, the result of authorial or editorial sloppiness ("pastiches" for "pastis," "comme" for "comment," and many, many others). Verb tenses are mangled, and incorrect accents are common ("créme" instead of "crème brulée, for example). Correcting the errors might be a good final examination for someone wishing to earn a degree in French! It's a sad commentary on the book's characters that the most endearing is the poodle puppy Petit Four.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sooo elementary October 30, 2012
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Essestially the story line was cute however the language was so elementry it was pathetic. Also, as a French first language speaker, I would advise the author not to use bad French when speaking in the voice of a Frenchman. I needed to go to my osteopath, to get my jaw realligned after reading the series, from grinding my teeth. The characters were also very stereotipical. Although not an American I could not get my head around a college graduate, Maggie, being so dumb. Come on not being able to handle the language after living in the country for three years!! Why was she presented as so naive when she came from a rather sophesticated family? If a high school student handed in such a poorly written piece I would sit with her and offer some very serious editorial advice or she would have to settle for an F.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing mystery with a French twist May 9, 2001
Ooh la la! What could be more romantic than spending a carefree, rent-free year in the South of France with a tall, hunky Frenchman who loves to cook? If you're Maggie Newberry, you might be hard pressed to find an answer to that question, despite the few inconveniences she discovers upon arriving in Provence to help boyfriend Laurent settle affairs with an inherited vineyard.
It's not enough that several locals are breathing down Laurent's neck and pressuring him to sell his land, but Maggie appears to have her own collection of detractors. Sneering Gaston LaSalle, the spawn of gypsy stock, has made harrassing Maggie a top priority, while local tart Babette (who, appropriately, works in the bakery) is hell-bent on seducing Laurent. It's a sure bet Maggie would tell them what to do with themselves...if only she knew enough French.
Oh, and did I mention the dead body found in the basement of Maggie's house on Thanksgiving? That the house was also the scene of a brutal multiple homicide committed fifty years ago which continues to haunt the village and her residents? Come to think of it, maybe Maggie could think of more romantic things.
If you're looking for something mysterious, a mystery with a French twist, consider a stop in Provence with Susan Kiernan-Lewis's Toujours Dead. Toujours follows Maggie through her adjustment to country living, her friendship with expatriates Grace and Windsor Van Sant, and ultimately the murder of a brash American opportunist which she believes is connected to the half-century-old massacre that happened on her front steps. Lewis paints a desirable picture of Provence and creates in her townsfolk an array of interesting characters one would hope to meet on a European vacation.
Especially Laurent. A gorgeous Frenchman who cooks? If anyone needs me, I'll be at
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up too soon. October 4, 2013
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I did not find it engaging at first, but once I got into it, I found it very entertaining. I especially liked the way she handled some people speaking French and some English.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder a la Carte(The Maggie Newberrry Mystery Series) October 4, 2013
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I really enjoyed this story about the inheritance of a vinyard in France. The jealously of neighbors and the happy ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars liked this author September 14, 2013
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liked this author well enough to look at and read other books in the series. Truly light reading. Chick reading for the summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun October 7, 2013
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In reading her stories, i feel like i am back in France. A travel guide and a mystery combined into one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read October 2, 2013
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It was a good read. Enjoyed the French within the book. I would love to visit France and the French countryside.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Subject Matter and Great Murder Mystery!!!
This second book of the Maggie Newberry series was fun, as it revolves around the wine industry, which is my passion. It is an enjoyable read with a fun story line. Read more
Published 6 days ago by The Italian Opinion
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was a little different but enjoyable.
Published 7 days ago by Peggy Maraszek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love her writing enjoyed all her books
Published 12 days ago by Charlotte
2.0 out of 5 stars her plot was good but gee every thought
her plot was good but gee every thought,taste,sight about everything.a history lesson? not what i read mysteries for.don;t think i can finish the next 1 i ordered.
Published 14 days ago by linda nash
4.0 out of 5 stars good mystery but too much French in dialog for me ...
good mystery but too much French in dialog for me so not quite sure if it has meaning to story plot or just a reminder that they are in 'France and showing the difficulties in... Read more
Published 18 days ago by qve3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Read
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good, but it is sloppy
The book was not edited, for the English or for the French parts. That left me cringing a bit too often. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Claude Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder a la carte
Well developed plots and an engaging story lines. The romance between Laurent and Maggie is delightful a book you won't put down.
Published 28 days ago by Susan Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book
I loved the book. My interest was very high throughout the book. It kept me wondering if it was going to be a good ending or a bad one. I will follow her in her next adventure.
Published 1 month ago by Kay E. Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read'
I liked the plot, but grew weary of French phrases and eventually of France itself. Looking at the next three book titles, it looks like in France we shall stay. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. M. Little
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More About the Author

Best-selling author Susan Kiernan-Lewis is an Air Force Brat who has traveled the world and racked up over 40 addresses in her life (and she's not finished yet.) Her fascination with world travel explains why nearly all her books are set outside of the US. Her apocalyptic women's suspense series, THE IRISH END GAME, is based in Ireland and the first book in that series, FREE FALLING, was a semi-finalist for Best Indie Book of 2012. Her Maggie Newberry Mysteries series (which takes place in France) has won multiple awards. Contact Susan at and follow her at her website:

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