by Bluette Matthey
February 6 - March 3, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
The bottom line: murder and intrigue follow Hardy Durkin like a shadow, even in the sunny, laid-back South of France, but this time his wheel of fortune veers uncomfortably off the rails in Homicide Hérault.
What an interesting mystery that is firmly enveloped in the culture and food of this area of France. There is a great deal of historical information and descriptions of places included. I learned about saints and Cathars and Knights Templar. And the food descriptions. I got hungry just reading about the meals.
The historical emphasis of this mystery was compelling reading. I appreciated the context of the Algerian war for independence and acts then with possible ramifications for current political parties. It is yet another indication that government secrets from the past can have devastating consequences for contemporary leaders. An added subplot is human trafficking, providing more excitement and some suspense near the end. The resolution at the very end was a little too convenient but other than that, a well done novel.
Hardy is a good hero and I like his character. While this is a novel well into the series, I felt it read well on its own. This is a good novel for readers who like plots deeply immersed in the setting.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Published by: Blue Shutter Publishing
Publication Date: December 2022
Number of Pages: 199
Series: Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery Series Book 6 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
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Read an excerpt:
There was a brief lull in the questions, then Delia asked what everyone else was thinking. “Who are you, Hardy Durkin? You’ve got this Clotiers guy on speed dial. You’re not in the least bit flustered about finding two dead soldiers on a god-forsaken riverbank in the South of France, you seem to be evading the police about it… Just who the hell are you?”
A shocked silence was interrupted by Clive. “I can answer that,” he said. He turned to Hardy almost apologetically. “My cousin was on your trek in the Black Forest.” To his fellow cyclists he explained, “Hardy is exactly who he seems to be. He has a trek business for points in Europe.” He paused, then added, “He also has an unusual skill set from his military training and for reasons unknown to anyone has a knack for wading into mysteries, stumbling upon dead bodies, and bringing criminals to justice.”
Excerpt from Homicide Hérault by Bluette Matthey. Copyright 2022 by Lucinda Guthrie. Reproduced with permission from Bluette Matthey. All rights reserved.
Bluette is the author of the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series, author and developer of the South-of-France travel app, Potty Poche, and her latest mystery, Two Murders Too Many. She lives in Béziers in the South of France, with her husband and trio of loving cats.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
Very nice review! Sounds like a fun read!
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