Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: A Noel Killing

A Noël Killing (Verlaque and Bonnet, #8)

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.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Review: Been There, Married That

Been There, Married That

Been There, Married That
Gigi Levangie

Agnes Murphy Nash is a Hollywood wife, married to movie producer Trevor Nash. She should be happy. She's just published a new book. But, Trevor is having second thoughts about their marriage, catching Agnes by surprise. The divorce that follows is chaotic and threatens to separate Agnes from her daughter Pep if she doesn't pull herself together and take control of the situation.

I was expecting, Been There, Married That to be a funny novel, if not hilarious, and while there were interesting and entertaining bits that I enjoyed, it just somehow wasn't what I'd expected. Maybe I didn't connect enough with the characters. It is still a fast-paced, easy read that fans of the author may enjoy. I found myself wondering if this one might be better on screen than on the page. For me, it was one of those books that I didn't love but, I also didn't hate it. I was somewhere in the middle on this one.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.