Thursday, July 01, 2021

Death and Croissants by Ian Moore

 

First Line: Is there anything in this world quite as joyless as muesli?
 
Nothing ever happens to Richard Ainsworth, and that's the way he likes it. Running a B&B in the Loire Valley and dealing with Madame Tablier, his terror of a cleaning lady, is more than enough for him. There's nothing he likes better than a glass of wine and watching an old movie in the evening. That is, until the morning one of his guests disappears, leaving a bloody handprint on the wallpaper, and another guest, the glamorous Valérie d'Orçay, insists that he help her find the missing man. Then his world is turned upside down.
 
At first, Richard is merely a passenger in the investigation until someone murders Eva Gardner. This leaves Lana Turner and Joan Crawford alone in the chicken coop. Determined to find out who murdered his hen, this former film historian won't rest until the killer is captured. 

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This first Follet Valley mystery written by standup comic Ian Moore is competent and amusing. The mystery is a good one although some of the threads do meander from time to time. If you're a fan of a certain mystery series and the words "Loire Valley" and "France" made your eyes light up, you need to settle down a bit. Death and Croissants is not Bruno Chief of Police: Northern France. Far from it. This book is played almost entirely for laughs, and the ex-pat experience far outweighs the French factor.

Everything is seen through the eyes of Richard Ainsworth, former film historian, who has the tendency to utter a movie quote that makes Valérie d'Orçay put two and two together and solve another piece of the mystery. Anyone who remembers a television series called Remington Steele may find this sounding a bit familiar. It's a miracle that Richard can make a go of his B&B due to his attitude and the terrifying presence of Madame Tablier the cleaning lady who would be perfectly cast sitting at the foot of a guillotine with her knitting. It's a good thing this mystery came along to shake things up.

If you're in the mood for something light and fun that will keep a smile on your face as you turn the pages, pick up a copy of Death and Croissants. It may be just what the doctor ordered.

Death and Croissants by Ian Moore
eISBN: 9781788423571
Farrago Books © 2021
eBook, 202 pages

Amateur Sleuth, #1 Follet Valley mystery
Rating: B-
Source: Net Galley

12 comments:

  1. I can see how this might be a fun read, Cathy. And, of course, there's the unbeatable setting and context. It definitely sounds like it's for one of those times when you want something light and comic, and not a deep, thought-provoking book. And that's not a bad thing.

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  2. I will agree with that opening quote. Sounds like a fun read.

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  3. I love that first line. Very much. I love the sound of the story too. I may get this one from the library.

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  4. Oh, oh...when I see a book described as "competent," I tend to back off. I don't remember ever myself using that word as a positive compliment. LOL

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    1. You have to cut the guy some slack here. It's his first book, and it's not bad. I will admit that it didn't really light my fire, but I enjoyed the sense of humor.

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  5. Sounds entertaining! Thanks for letting us know what to expect 🙂

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  6. I haven't read many humorous mysteries lately, so this one may fill the void. I had forgotten about Remington Steele's movie references - thanks for the memory!

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    1. You're welcome. I remember drooling over the young Pierce Brosnan myself...

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