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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1985607441
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 26, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0786X4ZLT
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Murder in Grenoble: A French Ski Village Best Friends Mystery (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 11) Kindle Edition
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I am finding too many inconsistencies in the series-for instances, Marie, Jen-Luc's dog is killed by an automobile in one book, and in another book she died of old age. Later, (spoiler) Maggie's parents are living in Aix, and Nicole is spending the summer with friends in Atlanta. Almost at Thanksgiving, she is coming to France with Ben. Huh? Who is the child living with? Can she really be 17 already? where is she going to school? Is she going to live in France with everyone else in a three bedroom house, always filled with extra people, or go back to Atlanta and live with-who?
And in one book, there is a lot of info about Laurent's younger brother, Gerard, pictures, etc. In a later book, someone close to Laurent was described as the brother Laurent never had. Did he or did he not have a brother?
Another time, in the three bedroom house, live Maggie and Laurent, who undoubtedly share a room, their two children in another, Maggies parents, who have been there since Christmas, and Grace and her nasty child. Did the house grow extra rooms?
There are too many inconsistencies, which leads me to wonder who actually writes these books, and who edits them? Or is ok to have so many variations. It is hard to believe one author would change so many facts from book to book.
The story starts off convoluted, then gets more convoluted. There is action happening at the vineyard and there is action happening at the ski lodge. The chapters alternate between vineyard issues and ski lodge issues. Then, out of nowhere, there’s a dream sequence with the friend’s husband who seems to want her dead. One character makes a 10 year old get out of the car and walk a mile alone home.
I never felt a connection to any of the characters and page-flipped through a lot of the book. I also found the writing to be odd at times. It has the feel of having been translated into English, and some of the translations are clumsy. For example, there’s this sentence: “I am being afraid of this.” There’s also this: “Laurent knew Elspeth was, as the Americans say, spit-balling.” Bluffing might be what an American would say in that circumstance.
I didn’t find this to be a fun, thrilling, or enjoyable read.
(1) you were seriously angry with your “former” best friend to the point where the two of you were not speaking
(2) she suggested a ski trip to Grenoble in an attempt to smooth the troubled waters and rekindle the friendship you have enjoyed for many years
(3) there is an avalanche that buries the resort ,trapping you, your friend and ten others under a mountain of snow
(4) you discover that one of the other ten is a ruthless killer who is systematically eliminating the guests
Now the question is: will the rescuers sent to dig you out arrive before (1) your oxygen runs out or (2) the murderer does you in. Will Maggie Newberry and her often intrusive and obnoxious friend Grace survive long enough to mend fences?
All is revealed in Susan Kiernan-Lewis’s MURDER IN GRENOBLE, a charming cozy that provides a vicarious trip to France as it takes a look at what things in life are truly important. This is a good addition to your cozy TBR stack if you’re looking for a quick read sans sex and foul language to fill a couple of hours.
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The time Maggie and Grace spent in the resort was dragged out somewhat with the murders and odd characters. At least there was a happy ending though.