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Death and Croissants: The most hilarious murder mystery since Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club (A Follet Valley Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Richard is a middle-aged Englishman who runs a B&B in the fictional Val de Follet in the Loire Valley. Nothing ever happens to Richard, and really that’s the way he likes it.
One day, however, one of his older guests disappears, leaving behind a bloody handprint on the wallpaper. Another guest, the exotic Valérie, persuades a reluctant Richard to join her in investigating the disappearance.
Richard remains a dazed passenger in the case until things become really serious and someone murders Ava Gardner, one of his beloved hens... and you don’t mess with a fellow’s hens!
Unputdownable mystery set in rural France, by TV/radio regular and bestselling author Ian Moore – perfect for fans of Richard Osman's The Thursday Murder Club
'A joyous read!' ALAN CARR
'A writer of immense wit and charm.' PAUL SINHA
'A very funny page-turner. Fantastique!' ADAM KAY
'Ian is one of my favourite writers; this is hilarious and a great mystery too' JANEY GODLEY
'Good food and a laugh-out-loud mystery. What more could anyone want in these dark times' MARK BILLINGHAM
'Like going on a joyous romp through the Loire valley with Agatha Christie, PG Woodhouse and Mc Beaton. A delight.' C. K. MCDONNELL
'Ian Moore is a brilliant, funny writer who perfectly captures the foibles of rural France but judging by this book I will never be visiting his bed and breakfast’ JOSH WIDDICOMBE
'Beautifully done. Very funny indeed. I can’t imagine how one plots something like that. Tremendous work' MILES JUPP
'I'm so punchdrunk from the sheer entertainment of it I've got a sore jaw. Encore!' MATT FORDE
'This is like two great books in one, a tricksy whodunnit, and a really, really funny story' JASON MANFORD
'Such a brilliant read, smart, funny and his sharp writing captures the nuances of “Anglo-French” relations beautifully' ZOE LYONS
'This book is a fun and funny read and I’m very much looking forward to the next one' IAN STONE
'Funny, pacey and very entertaining.' ROBIN INCE--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Ian Moore is a leading stand-up comedian, known for his sharp, entertaining punditry, who regularly headlines at London’s world-famous Comedy Store. A TV/radio regular, he stars in Dave’s satirical TV show Unspun and Channel 5’s topical comedy Big Mouths. Ian lives in rural France and commutes back to the UK every week. In his spare time, he makes mean chutneys and jams.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08W46KZRP
- Publisher : Farrago (1 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 915 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1788423844
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,100 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'd say that the second half of the book is 4* but the first half 2* so on average 3*. The first half drags and I almost gave up. About half way through things accelerated a little both in terms of laughs and mystery. While the grammar - both French and English - is good, the book needs some serious editing to make things happen more quickly. I felt the first half was padded to hit some target word count. Too many extraneous plot items, for example the maybe-soon-to-be-ex wife, although her arrival was one of the funnier moments in the book. I would have preferred him to be recently divorced which would have enabled the funny moments with his daughter but cut lots of tedious self flagelation that took up too many words. Those words would have been better budgetted for the ending of the case which was all rather deus ex machina and sudden. I did like the very end though.
Can't help feeling that the the Femme Fatale character was rather too much wishful thinking, although it was positive that she seems to be about the same age as the main character rather than someone much too young.
Having lived in a French village I can say that the author has managed to capture the atmosphere correctly despite the faint echos of "A Year (in which nothing interesting happens) in Provence" to which another review refers. Having lived in Provence (not the Loire) more happened in one of my weekends than in the entire of that tedious work.
It is poorly written and quite frankly an insult to intelligence of the reader. Certainly not one for amazon to recommend.