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Murder on the Ile Sordou (A Provençal Mystery) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Praise for Murder on the Île Sordou
“Charming.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Thoroughly delightful . . . Longworth deftly handles what is in effect a locked-room mystery, but the book’s real strength lies in the backstories she creates for each of the distinctive characters. The puzzle’s answer, buried in the past, is well prepared by what has come before.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Longworth once again immerses readers in French culture with this whodunit, which will delight Francophiles and fans of Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri. The setting will also appeal to readers who enjoy trapped-on-the-island mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.” —Library Journal
“Longworth’s novels, set in the south of France, are mysteries for foodies, with the plot providing a table upon which the enchanting meals and accompanying wines are served.” —Booklist
“[A] charming read with a well-crafted mystery and characters as rich and full-bodied as a Bordeaux.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“A splendid read.” —Mystery Scene
“The best thing about each novel in this series is that they are as much about lifestyle in the south of France as they are about a legal tangle, a disappearance or a murder. . . . By this third [novel] in the series, Longworth, shows the reader why those who love Donna Leon’s Brunetti and Martin Walker’s Bruno take up her novels with enthusiasm.” —Kings River Life Magazine
“Longworth’s maritime version of a country-house cozy offers genuine pleasures.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Death in the Vines
“Judge Antoine Verlaque, the sleuth in this civilized series, discharges his professional duties with discretion. But we’re here to taste the wines, which are discussed by experts like Hippolyte Thebaud, a former wine thief, and served in beautiful settings like a 300-year-old stone farmhouse. So many bottles, so many lovely views. A reader might be forgiven for feeling woozy.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“Though the plot is hair-raising, what keeps you glued to this mystery is its vivid portrait of everyday life in Aix, which deftly juxtaposes the elegance of the city . . . with quotidian woes and pleasures.” —Oprah.com
“As much as the mystery intrigues—in this case some intertwined crimes involving a local winery, a missing elderly woman, and a rich man’s suspicious construction project—what really makes Longworth’s books enjoyable are the atmosphere and details that she includes of the South of France.” —The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“What follows is a lovely, almost cozy police procedural that deserves to be read with a glass of wine in hand. Longworth paints such a loving picture of Provence that it’s likely you’ll start planning a vacation trip to France the moment you set the book down.” —The Denver Post
“This is an intelligently written police procedural with the warm comfort of a baguette with banon cheese.” —Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
“Enjoyable . . . the book’s real strength is its evocation of place.” —Publishers Weekly
About 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 (London), the Independent(London), and Bon Appétit. She is the author 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.
Top customer reviews
And this last one is no exception.
I enjoyed this last in the series tremendously, although I have to admit that it was very different from the other books in style and story. The murder mystery was interesting although the solution was a little ...too quick and too easy.
The remote island added mystery and charm and I wanted to pack up and go there for a vacation although I am not sure I will be able to live on a fish diet for a whole week!
The characters, as usual, were very interesting. This book would make a great movie.
storyline. I have enjoyed the other books in this series and anxiously await future editions.