DEATH AT THE CHATEAU BREMONT
This new series disappoints in only one aspect — it will probably be a year before the next book comes out. Longworth lives between Aix-en-Province and Paris, and her love of the area is evident. The main relationship is sophisticated and realistic. Here’s hoping the series lasts for years.
When Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, it is considered an accident until Chief Magistrate Antoine Verlaque finds a number of inconsistencies. Among the suspects are Etienne’s brother, who’s connected to the Russian mob, his sister-in-law, and the gardener and handyman who grew up on the estate. As Antoine and his ex-girlfriend Marine investigate, their attraction grows and ebbs as Marine balances her attraction for Antoine with what she knows about his character. (PENGUIN, Jul., 320 pp., $14.00)