Murder a la Carte by Susan Kiernan-Lewis, July 2011, San Marco Press
Genre: cozy mystery set in France
Source: Amazon Unlimited ebookMaggie accompanies her French chef boyfriend, Laurent, to France to look at a house and vineyard he has inherited in a tiny village there. She discovers that the property has a gory history, and that previous foreign owners had been shot at the house and a local man imprisoned for the crime.
When another foreigner, an American, is killed during a harvest party at the house, Maggie questions whether she wants to stay or not in France and try to get along with very secretive and close-knit villagers.
The setting in a small town in rural France, with village life, customs, and food is very much an integral part of this interesting mystery novel.
Submitted for the
European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader
Death at High Tide by Hannah Dennison, #1 in the Island Sisters Mystery series
Publication: August 18, 2020; Minotaur Books
Genre: cozy mystery set on Scilly Islands, off the coast of Cornwall, England
Source: Amazon Unlimited ebook
Evie and her sister Margot believe that Evie has inherited a house on an island off of Cornwall, and travel there to scout it out. They have to deal with the current owner/residents, however, who have no idea that the property may now belong to one of the sisters. Murder and mayhem follow, with Evie as a suspect.
I'm enjoying this so far - with the rocky island setting as a big draw, as much as the unpredictable story line and well drawn characters.
I'm on a cozy binge this winter!
Memes: The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer. Also, It's Monday: What Are You Reading, and Sunday Salon