Saturday 17 June 2017

Love & Death in Burgundy by Susan C. Shea

Love & Death in Burgundy

From critically acclaimed author, Susan C. Shea, comes Love & Death in Burgundy, an atmospheric mystery novel filled with good Chablis, french cheese, and, of course, murder.

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task.

When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town's secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine's quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.  (Summary via Goodreads)

Katherine is an artist and her husband, Michael, is a musician and they live in a small quiet French village.  All Katherine wants to do is fit in with the people of this little village.  They have been living there for 3 years and she is still struggling.  Michael, on the other hand, just wants to play music.  Fortunately for Michael semi-famous country singer Betty Lou Holliday and her producer husband, J.B. move into town for the summer.  Michael spends a lot of time working with them in hopes of making an album and possibly go out on tour.

Things in this quiet town change when elderly village chateau owner Albert is found dead at the bottom of an old steep outside staircase.  Albert and his wife Adele live in the chateau and provide tours of the grand property.  Everyone is shocked to hear of his death especially when it looks like it might have been murder.  But who would want to hurt an elderly man ?  And why ?

While Katherine does her best to support Michael and his musical dreams she is busy getting paintings ready for her gallery show as well as entertain the residents of the village in hopes of shedding some light on Albert's dead.  

Love and Death in Burgundy by Susan C. Shea takes you to a far away place and you don't even leave your couch.  As she describes the quaint little village, it's people and their lives, you immediately feel like you have known them forever.  Let Shea open up your imagination......

Review by Missi S.

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