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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Review: Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from St Martin's Press, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Rounding out our 'killing it' day, is this new French series!


Commissaire Georges Dupin, a Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from the glamour of Paris to the remote (if picturesque) Breton coast, is not happy when he is dragged from his morning croissant and coffee to the scene of a curious murder. The local village of Pont-Aven-a sleepy community by the sea where everyone knows one other and nothing much seems to happen-is in shock. The legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier Pierre-Louis Pennec, owner of the Central Hotel, has been found dead.
A picture-perfect seaside village which played host to Gaugin in the 19th century, Pont-Aven is at the height of its tourist season and is immediately thrown into uproar. Dupin and his team identify five principal suspects, including a rising political star, a longtime friend of the victim, and a wealthy art historian. An obstinate detective whose unconventional methods include good food, good wine, and taking in plenty of sea air, Dupin finds his case further complicated when ongoing incidents compound the mystery. As Dupin delves further into the lives of the victim and the suspects, he uncovers a web of secrecy and silence that belies the village's quaint image. A delectable read, Death in Brittany transports readers to the French coast where you can practically smell the sea air and taste the perfectly cooked steak frites in an expertly crafted, page-turning mystery.


If you don't know much about Brittany, you WILL by the end of the book! And I say that in a good way! My grandmother's family descended from the Brittany area, so for me it was a very interesting look at the region, as well as explaining some of those 'odd' family quirks! LOL The mystery itself starts slowly like a good stew and then suddenly it over whelms the senses and drags you in, turning pages quicker than before til suddenly the end has come and you almost feel disappointed that for all its twists and turns, fate was the key player!  If you love foreign police procedurals, you will LOVE this book!

About the Author:

JEAN-LUC BANNALEC is a pseudonym. The author divides his time between Germany and coastal Brittany, France. Death in Brittany, the first case for Commissaire Dupin, was published in German in March 2012 and sold 600,000 copies there, spending many months on the bestseller list. It has been sold into 13 countries.

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