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M. L. Longworth, Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery

There are times when a person just needs a mental escape from the daily rhythm—this summer read gave me just that. 

It was a lot of fun. Death at Chateau Bremont (New York: Penguin, 2011) offers charming French locales, vivid characters, and an intriguing who-done-it.

The main characters, Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet, are both believable and beguiling. While reading it, don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to get off the couch and pour a glass of wine. It’s all part of the book’s relax-and-take-leave effect.

In a few spots I caught Longworth making clumsy authorial maneuvers. (This is her first novel.) But on the whole, she did a fine job.  I look forward to Longworth’s next book in this series.

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