Book review: A Noël Killing

A Noel KilllingA Noël Killing,
by  M.L. Longworth
Penguin Random House
11/12/2019

Crime / Mystery
304 pages

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M.L. Longworth recently talked on Criminal Element about mysteries set in small towns. Her latest mystery, A Noël Killing, the eighth volume of her Verlaque and Bonnet series, is set in Aix-en-Provence.

The description of the city, with its famous places, streets, plazas, and restaurants,  and of the food offered there, is nicely done.

VERDICT: If you want to try a Christmas mystery with a Provence setting, you may find A Noël Killing enjoyable.
It was too slow for me, and as I notice the same criticism applied by other readers to the first book in this series, I don’t think I’ll stay in the company of Verlaque and Bonnet. Joyeux Noël ! 

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Book review: A Better Man

A Better ManA Better Man
by  Louise Penny
Macmillan/Minotaur Books
08/27/2019

Mystery/Thriller
448 pages

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A Better Man by Louise Penny is the latest addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling series starring Armand Gamache.

She has done it again. With a vengeance. Take the same backwater in Québec, the same core of main characters, and write fifteen crime stories with that. You will probably end up with predictable plots. But Louise Penny doesn’t. Not ever. A Better Man is here to prove it. Once more.

VERDICT: Louise Penny is a mystery in herself. Once again, for this #15 i the series, she managed to deliver a unique book, with an original plot. And red herrings. And many twists and layers. 

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Book review: The Gomorrah Gambit

Gomorrah GambitThe Gomorrah Gambit
by  Tom Chatfield
Mulholland Boooks
07/23/2019

Mystery/Technothriller
304 pages

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In Tom Chatfield’s breakneck speed techno-thriller, The Gomorrah Gambit, an elite hacker enters the belly of the beast and is caught in the middle of an international conspiracy. If you have no idea what’s going on in the dark underworld of hacking, this is the book to read.

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