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May 11, 2024

Murder on the French Riviera by Helena Dixon ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

A grand old hotel, fresh coffee on the balcony, a perfect view of the sparkling ocean and… surely not another murder? Thank heavens Kitty Underhay is on the case!

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book cover of historical cozy mystery Murder on the French Riviera by Helena Dixon
May 2024; Bookouture; 9781837900596
ebook (245 pages); cozy mystery

Murder on the French Riviera
is book 16 in the Miss Underhay mystery series. While I have been reading this series since book 4, you can pick up this book without reading the previous books. And as this one is not set in their home town it might actually be easier to pick up than some of the others. 

Kitty and her husband Matt are asked to travel to Nice to make contact with an agent who needs to pass important information to England about military movements in Italy. As you can imagine England isn't the only country after the information.

This series is set in the mid-1930s but there has been very little mention of the wider world events though in the last couple of books, there have been a few passing comments. This book though brought it to the forefront. 

The mystery was a bit different given the higher stakes and the book had more of an espionage vibe to it. I enjoyed seeing Kitty and Matt out of their comfort zone so to speak. They didn't have friends and family to rely on for information and assistance. They really had to rely on each other and Matt is showing that he has complete faith in Kitty's abilities. Because the regular cast isn't present we also got to see a lot more of Matt and Kitty interacting with each other.

The other guests at the hotel (who are also interested in getting the information) are great. They are suspicious but you don't know who all is involved in the espionage plot.

Kitty and Matt lounging on the terrace made me want to go on vacation and the French Riviera would be a pretty nice place to visit - as long as I wasn't stumbling over dead bodies!

If you have some lounging on a terrace or just your front porch in your future, then you should pick up this book to enjoy while doing that.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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