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  • Humorous, Twisty and Unputdownable!

    This book is pure fun! My first book by Jean-Luc Bannalec is such a find and has me addicted. Already. Reading the first five in the series (this is the sixth) is now priority. The synopsis sounded quite interesting but this book is more than that...it's wonderful, a happy escape. It is a light read yet is enveloped in intrigue and contains amazing bonus informative facts, beautiful scenery descriptions and a fabulous plot! I began reading it last evening and couldn't put it down. Before I knew it, midnight had passed...oh, well. Inspector Dupin and his girlfriend, Claire, a cardiologist, are practically forced to take time off their hectic jobs to go away for two weeks. So, they find themselves booked in a lovely room with a sea view in Brittany. Not only that but they are almost ensconced by fifty shades of pink granite. The backdrop sounds amazing. Dupin doesn't appreciate deliberately lying on a beach as his girlfriend apparently does so finds reasons to poke around town. Local residents regale him with stories of murder and theft and is entranced. Then he becomes entangled. Deliberately. He has difficulty leaving work behind as he is passionate about it. Claire, meanwhile, continues to lie on the beach, in the same spot, on the same towel, day after day, with the occasional foray, separate from Dupin. What I like most is the humorous avoidance of the elephant in the room. The twists and turns and mouthwatering food details really add, as do the scenic descriptions as mentioned above. The locals are interesting characters, too. Some go to great lengths to "help" Dupin, others less so. Mystery readers should not miss this adventure. To me one of the telltale signs of a great book is its put down ability. I couldn't. It was enjoyable from the beginning to the end and I did not wish to miss a word. Such a treat lies ahead, knowing there are more by this author for me to discover! My sincere thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this delightful book. Much appreciated.

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  • Good read!

    Brittany, beach-resort, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation, rivalry, situational-humor, relationships***** Oh, ho! Do you want to know all about Bretons and the beauty of Brittany and the pink granite? It's all here. Do you like sly situational humor about two workaholics on a forced vacation at the beach in summer? Got that in spades. And then there are the mysteries, murders, and co-conspirators who want Commissaire Dupin to get involved in these local issues while the local law is adamantly against his *interfering*. Dupin can't just shut off his brain, and he really hates the irritation of sand, but Clare is insistent. His superior back home is also adamant that he keep his nose out of a territory not his own. But. The due diligence is exceptional and uncovers a web of deceit and more. I absolutely loved it and had more than a few good snickers (we workaholics do, indeed, understand each other). I requested and received a free ebook copy from St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Many thanks!

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  • Granite coast murders

    Another excellent book by this talented writer. Hope for many more

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