Murder in the South of France

Murder in the South of France

by Susan Kiernan-lewis

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When her long missing sister ends up dead, Atlanta copywriter Maggie Newberry finds herself flying to the south of France to find the little niece that up until then no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome Laurent Dernier, a sexy if nefarious Frenchman who it's not clear is there to help or hinder Maggie's search for the girl. Meanwhile, her sister's murderer sets his sights on the little girl--and Maggie.

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BN ID: 2940148518501
Publisher: San Marco Press
Publication date: 09/22/2012
Series: Maggie Newberry Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 315
Sales rank: 1,270
File size: 548 KB

About the Author

Susan Kiernan-Lewis lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida, and is the author of the bestselling Maggie Newberry Mysteries, the post-apocalyptic thriller series The Irish End Games, and The Stranded in Provence Mysteries.

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Murder in the South of France 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading all of the posted reviews, I would have to say that I agree with almost all of them but--- I would like to lnow where the person who foind this book too vulgar was reading. After reading the entire book, page by page and word by word, I wonder from where the vulgarity came. Sure there where some romantic scenes, but I really did not find them explicite. The language was not all that strong either. As a matter of fact, I thought that this novel was surprisingly refreshing. It was well written, kept you wondering until the end "who done it", explained what needed to be explained and left to your imagination that which is more intetesting when fully imagined. I will definitely read hey other novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. I enjoyed the French phrases in it, all of which were translated into English. The protagonist and her friends are very likable. I enjoyed the French flavor of the book and descriptions of the surrounding area. I also enjoyed the wine and food references. I have read all the books in this series and enjoyed each one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading this author and I enjoyed it. This book takes place partly in Atlanta and partly in Paris and other parts of France. You could probably consider it a cozy, but with a little bit of international flare. Maggie Newberry is the main character. She goes to France to find her sister's daughter and bring her back to Atlanta. The plot has a lot going on and I don't want to give anything away, but between the pages there are a lot of twists and turns and some unexpected events. There are 2 more books in this series and I plan to read them both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, can't believe that this received 5 star ratings by some readers. I was looking for another series of mysteries set in France and hoped this would be it. How disappointing! I wanted to like it but I agree with some of the other reviewers that it was very messy and disjointed. I think the idea might have worked but  the story didn't seem to progress logically or in a logical time frame (Maggie is desperate to know who killed her sister but waits 6 months to go back to France?) The French was frequently incorrect, incorrect verb tense, etc. If you're going to put something like that in your book, make sure you get it right! Who was the editor on this thing, maybe if the editing had been better, it would have had a prayer... Sorry, but I won't be buying any other books from this series. If you want a well plotted mystery set in France, check out the Aimee LeDuc series by Cara Black.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. Mystery, adventure and vicarious travel. I liked it enough to buy the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the heroine irritating but the story was interesting. I am looking forward to reading more of the series.
BlaineZaid More than 1 year ago
This is a "light" murder mystery with a female protagonist that I found entertaining and easy to read.   There is mention of many things French and use of some French language, which Francophiles might also enjoy.  The main character is  likable and believable.  The thing I enjoyed the most, is that  the story focuses on relationships and human character rather than a lot of heavily researched political nonsense used as filler in so many of the "best sellers" these days.  Criticism of the book would be   occasional too flowery language, and a few stereotyped characters,  but it's forgivable.   Overall a very pleasant  and interesting non-action murder novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who dates a guy and moves him in and doesn't ask about his life or his family? Doesnt know a thing about the guy. And she goes to his native land and he is worried but doesn't go with her. Doesn't have a job for months. Dumb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So far I have read over 250 books this year and this is easily the worst one i have read yet. It is not easy to follow, the characters aren't developed, and there is a lot of French in it with no translation. I have read the reviews for the other books in the series and they are more favorable, but not enough for me to purchase them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to finish this book. I tried over and over. I could not get past page 100. From there on I gave it a rapid scan, here and there, just to see what happened. It simply did not hold my interest. Unlike a few other reviewers, I never did feel as if it were vulgar. The mentions of sex were not explicit. Not a lot of cursing. It was rather tame in fact, unless it became worse after page 100, and I missed the vularity. Dog gone it. My main problem with this book was all the French words and moving about. Perhaps you will like it more. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character was somewhat annoying with her decisions. Interesting plot. Enjoyed the story. Will definitely check out other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read 3 in this series and want to read them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Um...where do I start? First of all the characters are totally unbelievable. The main character makes so many stupid decisions you just want to slap her. What kind of person would let a man so utterly deceive them but then justify continuing the relationship? Really? Does this author want to make women seem so stupid and vacuous that it takes us back to the Stone Age? I just don't get it. Love does not cover lies and deceit. At least not in my book. Another totally unlikable character was Roger. His contempt of American people comes across loud and clear. The author made sure of that. Why people need to think all Europeans feel this way is beyond me. I have lived in Germany (mother German dad military) and have relatives still there that I visit yearly as well as have traveled extensively in other countries and for the most part have been treated with respect and even kindness. Never been made to feel as if I was an insect on the bottom of a shoe. Why Maggie took his you know what and still liked him is beyond me. This is really how a professional woman acts? Secondly....since when does it take seven hours to drive from Atlanta to Savannah? Obviously this author has never made the drive. I have driven it in as little as three and a half but on average it is about four hours tops. Just google it if you don't know. Details are important. They can give validity to a story or break it. Little things like this as well as spelling, grammar, etc...matter. Just my two cents. I will not read the other Maggie Newberry mysteries. Before going I would like to say I did not find the novel to be vulgar in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although it is unbelievable that she stays with Laurent - I would have castrated the bastard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm amazed that this book receives so many positive reviews. The plot is implausible and the writing juvenile. I feel sorry for the reviewer who found it" fun to learn some French along the way." As a former French teacher, I wanted to hurl this book at the wall as hundred times. The love interest who is supposed to be a Frenchman uses poor grammar with almost every sentence he utters. The editing is horrendous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mistakes galore. Story line is what held my attention. However, there are so many unrealistic aspects. I still liked it but it could be better with work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read in spite of all of the ERRORS. I really enjoyed that there was a death immediately followed by other deaths or Murders! It kept my mind wondering, oops that dead woman wass not who she should be, to the wrong dead woman is alive so who is that dead woman! The author successfully put all of the wondering to rest, my questions answered and I did enjoy the mystery, not real crazy about deception in the love category SDCexy
GmaStock More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed immensely! I read some of the reviews AFTER I read the book, and wondered what book THEY read. I saw very little profanity, or explicit sex scenes, and I thought the surprise ending was exciting, and surprising! I love that in a mystery-- to be surprised. I stumbled over the French used, but thought it was kinda' fun to learn some French along the way. Over all, I liked this book, and will read more of this author. I'm anxious to see just how Maggie and Laurent continue their relationship.
Christine1944 More than 1 year ago
I would have liked to have seen the characters a little more fleshed out. And the plot towards the end seemed rather contrived. And she stayed with her boyfriend? I can only think she stuck with the lying ass because there's a sequel in the making.
Anonymous 8 days ago
An unusual story and characters.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very descriptive of so many things I found myself speed reading pages to move through it more quickly.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Lots of twist. Great mystery.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read with surprise ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the twists and turns of this book better than #1. Easy to read. Some people who have read this series think Maggie is an idiot. I do not. She has questions, so she looks for the answers. I like the new characters she has introduced.