I’ll be honest! Murder in the South of France seemed like a cheesy or too obvious title to me. But I downloaded it anyway and now I am glad I did. This book surpassed my expectations and kept me on the edge. Need I say I read this almost cover to cover. The book is the first installment in a series that promises to be high on action and thrills, not to mention fancy locales like the French Riviera. Some plot elements might seem fantastic or unlikable, but it is after all fiction.
The story begins with Maggie Newberry, a young American identifying the body of her sister who has been missing for three years. Maggie is in France to collect and smuggle her niece to Atlanta. In the very beginning, it seems a bit fantastic that a rich Southern family believes a total stranger on another continent, and sends their daughter off to commit a crime. After some high bucks exchange hands, Maggie is back home with her niece. But the game has just begun!
The Newberry family walked into a classic blackmail situation. Their daughter’s junkie husband demands more cash and deposits a surprise bundle in their laps. A sexy Frenchman Maggie met in France turns up after six months and makes himself at home. Maggie’s coworker and friend is about to have a meltdown and is all set to leave the country and emigrate to the other end of the world. Things get violent with a serial killer on the loose.
Maggie uses some amateur sleuthing to get to the bottom of the crime. She goes back to France and learns many more things about her sister. And realizes that more lives are about to be lost. Will Maggie be able to get back to save a life?
Some things seem weird like statements that the parents turn a blind eye toward their daughter when she learn she is a drug addict. And in spite of losing one daughter, they are ready to put the other in the lion’s den. Maggie’s boyfriend is definitely hiding something, or maybe it’s just a culture thing?
Murder in the South of France weaves a fast paced story. The characters have shades of good and bad. Maggie Newberry is very smart and also dumb in some aspects. I am sure you will have a strong reaction to this book, whether you like it or not. This is certainly not one to be ignored!
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