5.0 out of 5 stars
Superlative Murder Mystery Set in Provence, July 9 2013
Death in the Vines is a superlative trip to Aix en Provence and its surrounding villages, vineyards and olive groves. Besides providing a great murder mystery plot, the narrative keeps one reading with anticipation. The multiple clever plots develop in an intriguing way, keeping the reader in suspense until the final chapter. Insights into Judge Antoine Verlaque are divulged, about which hints have been made in the author's two previous novels in this series.
The author, Mary Lou Longworth, although born and raised in Toronto the Kitchener-Waterloo area, obviously has done her homework. She has a prolific understanding of the food, wine, cigars, literature and history of Provence. She has a keen sense of the savoir faire of French culture and aptly uses humour amidst the three complex murders and theft of a valuable wine collection.
This novel makes one eagerly anticipate the next novel in the "Verlaque & Bonnet Provencal Mystery" series, when no doubt more secrets of the multifaceted characters will be disclosed. As well, the relationship between Verlaque and his girlfriend Dr. Marine Bonnet will have some new developments. This book is the best to date in the series and a perfect curl-up summer read.