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Parlez-Vous Murder?: A French Village Countryside Mystery (The Stranded in Provence Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Five stars! I love cozy mysteries. I hate post apocalyptic drama series that seems like everything is a minute by minute fight for life. Susan Kiernan Lewis has solved this by creating a post apocalyptic mystery cozy in France that still includes great food, handsome men, a few bad guys, and surprises. Hope and acceptance surround these French villagers while the main character, Jules Hooker, an American stuck in France, decides to solve a murder while the police deal with the apocalypse. I loved it. The characters are great, the writing is excellent, and the story moves at a quick pace."
"This is another can't put it down mystery. The heroine is a complex mix of disappointed-in-love "tourist "with a heart of gold in a definitely non-tourist locale outside of Provence. There are many twists and turns and many unforgettable characters. Similar to the Maggie Newberry series with an apocalyptic twist.
I loved reading it (very quick read) and can't wait for the rest of this series. Trying to write a review with "no spoilers" is hard, but you won't be disappointed."
"Fascinating picturing myself in a similar situation of how to survive an apocalypse. Nice twist at the end!"
From the Author
Stranded in Provence Mystery series is the story of Jules Hooker, an American woman on vacation in the south of France when the unthinkable happens. After a dirty bomb explodes over the Mediterranean she finds herself stranded in Aix-en-Provence where daily life is essentially sent reeling back to the 1950s.
On the other hand, the bistros are all still open, the produce and cheese markets still run every morning, bicycles dominate the wide avenues instead of cars, and for a budding amateur sleuth and now permanent ex-pat, any murders she stumbles across will have to be solved the old fashioned way--with brain power and shoe leather.
Oh, and it turns out that romance still works the same as before too.
Each book in the Stranded in Provence Mysteries can be read as a standalone, but they're more fun in order:
Parlez-Vous Murder? (Book 1)
Crimes and Croissants (Book 2)
Accent on Murder (Book 3)
A Bad Éclair Day (Book 4)
- ASIN : B0722M998N
- Publication Date : May 14, 2017
- File Size : 2914 KB
- Print Length : 214 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1545134553
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,293 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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France, on the other hand, is depicted as calm and peaceful with everyone happily working together like the crisis barely exists. The bakeries don't even miss a day of putting out all their fanciest pastries (prepared without electric ovens, refrigeration, electric mixers or other appliances. Mmm Hmm. Must be magic.). I don't doubt the French can weather a crisis as well as the next country. But I have to laugh nevertheless when I think of someone I knew who lived in France for several years. His French buddy was horrified when he mentioned having loaned his lawnmower to a neighbor back in the U.S. The Frenchman told him that would NEVER happen in France. We don't loan such things to our neighbors! That's crazy! You Americans are ridiculously generous and naive!
This 'mainstream media' type of self-loathing American is getting really old. Perhaps those who live in the coastal fringes and urban city centers fit the entitled mold who disparage policing, are used to high crime, expect someone to provide them with all their wants and needs and wreak havoc whenever they feel they aren't getting their fair share of attention, validation and free stuff. But the vast majority of Americans live in 'fly-over' country where we by and large obey the law, go about our business and get along with our neighbors. We also take care of our own in our communities in good times and bad. No big deal. No drama. Individualists? Yes. Violent loner/ rebel/ looters who can't face a crisis without descending into total chaos? Uh. No. That would only be in the drama queen bubble areas where people not only think that they represent America, but also hate that they are American - being perpetually afflicted with the old 'grass is always greener somewhere else' syndrome.
The author could have given us a slice of charming French life without the continual America bashing. But like comedians who spew insults because they aren't capable of being funny she chose to take the low road. Stereotypical, untrue, caricature of America for the sake of . . . (drama?). Cheap. Easy. And anything but "cozy".
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True there's is a dead body in the garden with the first few chapters but there is no investigation until halfway through and then it's far from centre stage for the rest of the book - if fact there's hardly any real investigation at all. In a murder mystery you expect several suspects, red herrings and, when the murderer is ultimately revealled, the reader should be able to look back and see the hidden clues and wonder why they hadn't worked it out earlier. This is a character who barely gets a mention earlier in the story. And the final revelation is a huge leap.
My other gripe is the protagonist's lanuage and dialogue. She uses teen-speak - and pretty dated teenage lanuage at that.