A Noël Killing
M L Longworth
Examining Magistrate Antoine Verlaque isn't a big fan of Christmas. But in Aix-en-Provence, residents are getting reading to celebrate the holidays. Verlaque and his wife Marine have been invited to attend a Christmas carol sing-along at the local Anglican Church. Marine is hoping it will get her husband in the festive spirit. But when an American expat, Cole Hainsby dies at the dinner afterward, Verlaque finds he is back in work mode. Now he is faced with a long list of suspects all members of the local church and community. Was Cole's travel business having money problems, or was it something more complex. That is what Verlaque is determined to find out, hopefully before Christmas day.
Set in Provence, A Noël Killing is like a fine wine, something to be savored. With a cast of entertaining characters preparing for the biggest holiday of the year it's hard not to be envious of their surroundings and their choice of food and drink which Longworth showcases throughout. By the time I finished this book, I felt like I had been transported to a dazzling place full of characters I had come to know and love. There was also a satisfying plot and a little romance on the side.
This review was written by me for City Book Review.