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Murder in Provence: Book 3 of the Maggie Newberry Mysteries (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series) by [Kiernan-Lewis, Susan]
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  • File Size: 1319 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: San Marco Press (August 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H41EM2
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Oh boy, these books aren't getting any better. I'm really beginning to dislike this main character. She's a bored American stuck in France with her con-man (now) husband who has suddenly decided that he really enjoys growing grapes. What's a girl to do? I know, write cook book. Never mind, she doesn't cook. And her new bestie is moving back to the states, so it's time to look for a replacement. Unfortunately, her number one candidate ends up raped and murdered. Forget the cookbook, it's time to solve another murder. It goes downhill from here. Out of nowhere, her husband announces he wants to go hunting. Big argument ensues, and she orders the gun out of the house. Hmm . . . is she going to regret this decision? And the detective investigating the case jumps from refusing to give her any information about the case, to professing his love for her on her front porch in the middle of a dinner party (with his kid in the car - couldn't get a sitter, I guess.) I'm not sure how much more ridiculous you can get but afraid I'll soon find out. I just started book #4.
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The plot did have some interesting moments, but too many of the names of the female characters started with the letter M. It took me a while to get the characters straight. That is a mistake an amateur makes.I almost stopped reading it. In the Kindle edition, the dog's name was written as something like "(dog's name)". By the time a book is published, the author should know the dog's name! There were the usual typos.
I've often wondered if there is any editing done anymore. Authors can do better as can editors.
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For recreational reading, murder mysteries are my favorite genre because I like to try and figure out the mystery before the end of the book. For that, Susan Kiernan-Lewis is great! There's always a little twist at the end, so it's difficult to nail the ending until the end! However, after reading 3 of these Maggie Newberry mysteries, I'm getting a little peeved at the main character. She's kind of a spoiled brat, and there are times in these stories when I just wish she would grow up! She's too self centered by half, so I hope in the next 3 books Ms. Kiernan-Lewis has her grow up a little and stop behaving as though she was the center of the universe. Other than that, I really like the characters, the settings are especially wonderful, and the plots have just enough intrigue to keep you going until the end.
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... the editing is getting progressively sloppy. Mistakes in French, missing words, inconsistent capitalization, time sequences incorrect. A shame really because she has some good characters.
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This story is about an unlikely American sleuth in a small town in France. Maggie has a rather uneventful life and takes on the project of writing a cookbook of American tastes in France. She drives her husband, the owner of a vineyard and excellent cook, to distraction. He often shoos away her inquiries driving Maggie to seek entertainment/answers for her cookbook elsewhere. Maggie has few friends and one of her friends Grace is moving back to the US, and Maggie goes in search of a replacement friend. When she meets Brigitte, it seems the balance in her world will be righted. Much to Maggie's horror Brigitte is murdered and sets her on a quest to solve the mystery the bumbling police are unable to.

I usually enjoy murder mysteries, but unfortunately Murder in Provence fell flat for me. The pace in the beginning was slow and finally picked up halfway through the book where the story acknowledges movement to the murder committed in the prologue. It was hard to decipher the voices of the characters, and I confused Maggie and Marie often. The only character that really stuck out was Pijou, the jealous sister. I noticed some quirky uses of character perspectives and use of (dog's name) instead of using a dog's name. I think one more round of editing would polish the story and give it a bit more dimension.

I would recommend this book as a good, soft mystery that has a strong, albeit predictable ending.
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Murder in Provence, A Maggie Newberry Mystery, by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

I read the first book in this series, Murder in the South of France, and to be honest when I started this, I wondered if I had read it before. A woman, married to a French vintner, discovers who murders the daughter of a friend, plus a few other people.

But there are some additional twists in this story. The narrator's own marriage is in jeopardy and she has to decide whether she likes France or America more.

There are too many characters who all seem to be sleeping around, but I like the way food is a subtext. The turns in the plot keep the pages turnning and the ending proves satisfying.

I give the author credit for going into marriage, love, daughters, friends and different nationalities. Would I want more? After a satisfying meal, no one wants anything else (at least until the next one).

-J. Lehman, RosebudBookReviews.com
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All of the books so far that I have read that were written by Susan Kieman-Lewis are very good they keep you guessing and what I like the most is she uses the same people in her books so as you read them it is like you know them. I hope she continues. Her books have kept my interest where I do not want to put them done. If you like mystery you will enjoy her books.
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