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Murder in the Rue Dumas

(Verlaque and Bonnet #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,422 ratings  ·  143 reviews
The second book in the delightful Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series is another page-turning whodunit, this time in set in a small community of theology students and professors at Aix-en-Provence's university.

When the director of the theology department at the university in Aix is found dead, Judge Verlaque is dumbfounded. Professor Moutte was about to announce the recipi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Penguin Books
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Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aix-myst
Due to a review by another reader here on goodreads, I took a chance on checking out several books by Longworth from this series. I honestly chose them from the shelf per condition of books as I don't like older, dirtier books. Thus..I start my adventure with book #2 of the Verlaque/Bonnet series.
I am so delighted after reading this satisfying book I could break out in dance.
I enjoy college settings for murder mysteries and this has the added bonus of wrong doers and victims being part of the Th
Gail Cooke
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it

If you’d like an intriguing mystery story peopled with unique characters, enhanced with descriptions of mouth watering edibles and lush pictures of the Italian and French country side Murder in the Rue Dumas is the book for you.

M. L. Longworth who also penned Death at the Chateau Bremont (2011) has lived in Aix-en-Provence for the past 15 or so years, and has written for major publications regarding this region. One can only assume that she loves her adopted home from the warm descriptions of
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Despite mysteries not being my favorite genre, I read this one right on the heels of the prequel to Luther. The two could not be any more different, but both turned out to be entirely delightful vacation reads, this one especially so. In a rare occurrence, I read this book without first reading the first book in the series. While I would have preferred to read them in order, I will say that my enjoyment of the book was in no way hampered by my lack of kn
Cameron Toney
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Verlaque and Bonnet mystery novels are, now that I think about it, more about Provence and its culture, history and wines than it is about the mystery.
This is clearly an author who loves that region, and wanted to write about it, and invented these characters so they could explore.
Thats all very well and good, but I think the mystery element suffers for it. I spent more time enjoying the discussions of the regions than being even slightly interested in the crime, or who might have done it.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Once again, I was completely delighted by the characters and the setting without even really caring about the mystery. The mystery portion was fine. It tracked well and was believable enough. But I'm so charmed by the culture of this French town and the characters who populate it, that I wouldn't care if it was a mystery, a romance, or a 700-page diary entry on what these people ate and drank all day. Needless to say, I will happily continue this series with book 3 soon. ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I rate it strong 2,5.
I love crime books, but this kind of exhausted me. I probably should read one in original English to see whether the writing is better in the original, although somehow I doubt it. The plot was fairly confusing, the main character totally unlikable (this is not a bad trait all in itself, I just don't understand why everything suggests that we should like him when it's obviously so hard). This book is halfway between a mystery and a romance novel, and I'm not sure whether th
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Suggestion for editors: If a book is based in France, find an audiobook reader who is at least slightly acquainted with the language. This one featured one of the worst fake French accents I have heard in many years, and just when my ears were beginning to adjust to the terrible pronunciations, the protagonist and his girlfriend visited some part of Italy, where the cadences were no more credible! The book itself was mediocre as well. Supposedly people who like Guido Brunetti like this series as ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Satisfying and now to the next title!
First Sentence: The friendship between Yann Falquerho and Thierry Marchive had surprised everyone at the university.

The head of Aix University’s Theology is expected to announce both the winner of the prestigious Dumas fellowship, and, with his retirement, the appointment of his successor—who will acquire his very luxurious apartment. Before any of this occurs, he is found having been murdered in his office. Police commissioner Bruno Paulik, his boss examining magistrate Judge Antoine Verlaque,
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the second in the series about Judge Verlaque in Aix and I liked it better than the first. The writing was smoother and the story more straight forward. The number of suspects and the crime(s), got a bit complicated towards the end, but generally the story went along at a good pace and the main characters continued to be more fleshed out in this their second appearance. I enjoy the little vignettes about food and wine in the various parts of France. And, of course, the complicated roman ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal mystery series is fast becoming one of my favorites for fun, escapist reads. I doubt these would hold up to much literary criticism, but the characters and the atmospheric elements are wonderful, and I always learn something interesting (This time, Galle vases and the dichotomy of the Cistercian vs Cluniac monastic orders). Even the mystery-driven plots in these are better than most among this type of book.
The second book in this series continues to develop the characters of Antoine Verlaques's investigative team and their collegial relationship in Aix-en-Provence, sometimes shining a light on the differences in their upbringing and personal lives. Marine Bonnet, a well respected law professor, pairs her extensive knowledge with his investigative skills once again to solve several murders centered in the university's theology department. Marine is dating Antoine again, but his behavior continues t ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Is an elegant seventeenth century Paris mansion worth murdering for? That seems to be the question for Antoine Verlaque and opera buff Commissioner Bruno Paulik to solve when Georges Moutte, director of theology at the Universite d'Aix, is murdered just as he's about to announce the winner of the prestigious Dumas fellowship which comes with a nice stipend and an apartment in said mansion. Moutte wasn't a particularly well-liked character. He not only played each of the interns off against one a ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Le Judge Antoine Verlaque & law professor Marine Bonnet are progressing quite well in their renewed relationship, when two murders take place at a local theological school, where Marine's distant mother has a connection.

The school's department head, Professor Moutte liked to play his students & professors against each other.

After Professor Moutte has announced his retirement and has promised each of the candidates they would be the one chosen (the lifetime department head position included a la
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-home-shelf
I enjoyed this book as much as, if not more than, the first in the series. I seem to be in contrast to some of the other reviewers....
- I really like all the descriptions of food, wine, and the French scenery
- I enjoy the added characters who may not add a lot to the plot, but add interest and colour to the story.
- I find the ongoing relationship between Antoine and Marine to be intriguing. He can be obnoxious, but we all have our good and bad sides. I like the fact that this series is devel
John Lee
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the previous book in this series and it was a delight to start this one.

I soon felt at home in Aix with Judge Verlaque and Marine Bonnet thanks to the descriptive writing. My weakness for french cuisine did cause hold ups in the reading as I diverted from the text to look up the recipe of a particular delicious morcel ( in case it had anything to do with the plot - you understand!)

I was going to say that I thought Judge Verlaque as something of a cross between George Simenon's M
Blythe Campbell
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Catherine Woodman
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second book in this series is about a death that takes place in Marine's department. She and Antoine are on better but still hesitant terms, but she is involved because she knows the players. There is a soon to retire professor who's chair comes with a much sought after apartment, where he is killed. He is a collector of glass vases, and one is broken in the break in--but it is a fake--what does that tell us? There is a student competition as well, and two of the applicants have broken into ...more
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a bit slow in the beginning, but picked up speed.

I enjoy the characters of Antoine Verlaque and Bruno Paulik, who work well together as partners. The judicial system in France is different, so we have a judge and a c0mmissaire. These men are very intelligent and experienced.

I always enjoy the food and wine discussions, and in this one there is a lot about art. In particular, glass.

But at its core it is about people, their ambitions, aspirations and frustrations, and what they do to deal
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts with a soirée given by an outgoing doyen of the Theology Dept at Aix University. He is a nasty piece of work and loves to promise positions to people then reneging on his promise. He does that publicly at the soirée and is later found murdered by two student who break into his office to find who has been awared a research post. The story involves blackmail and the sale of historic artifacts. The on off love affair between Verlaque and Bonnet comes along nicely and the description ...more
Mary Hathaway
Why did you ruin a great story?

I was so enjoying this novel, characters being developed, Provence drawing you in, the people, the food, the antiquity, the language. Then the author just has to promote a homosexual “couple” who are mentioned once, have no participation on the plot and no bearing on the story.
There are still Christians who believe the Bible states homosexuality is a sin. No more books by this author.
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myteries
I didn't care for this book as much as the first in the series. Would have liked a bit more of the romance beween Verlaque and Bonnet. Found the plot confusing. Did enjoy the setting in Provence area--some in Italy.

Purchased from Better World Books. Our libraries in NJ did not have this series; my former library in Indiana--St. Joseph County Library--had many in the series. I miss my former library!
Paula Eeds
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd Verlaque and Bonnet mystery I have read and I am looking forward to book #3 waiting for me at home. I agree with another reviewer that the books are a lot about Aix and Provence culture & good food with wine. It is like being back in Provence, so enjoyable. Plus having a mystery to solve rounds out the book nicely. I do recommend this cosy mystery series.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second in the series and the third book I've read by this author. It moves quickly and has all the charm of the other books. This book is probably my favorite of the three as I really liked the characters of the suspects in the crime. I hope some of them become recurring characters in the subsequent books in the series. ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Murder in the Rue Dumas is lovely in terms of its descriptions of Provence, French food, and French wine. However, the mystery is unsatisfactorily resolved. There are multiple crimes investigated in relationship to the murder and the resolutions to them are entirely unsatisfactory.
Sandra Scott
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really love this series.. There is a sense of humor, depth of the characters, subjects that I want to look up to find more information, and talk of wine and food that makes you look at the clock to see if it is time to nibble on something along with a glass of wine.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am really glad I found this series - I enjoy the writing, the mysteries are interesting, and the scenery is delicious. I gave it five stars because it accomplished everything I wanted and expected it to. I was entertained, I like the characters, and it was an easy escape.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Entertaining, much of which I think was due to my recent visit to Aix itself. Style is a little disjointed, and the narrative distance jumps so frequently and so completely that I didn't feel I got to know the main characters at all. ...more
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The second in M. L. Longworth's series set in Aix-en-Provence with Chief Magistrate Antoine Verlaque in charge. Helped again by his law professor friend Marine Bonnet.

A complex series of deaths involving theology students at a college, several vying for a coveted prize, as well as their teachers who are also vying for an even more coveted place as the 'doyen' or head of the school. Mix in trade in counterfeit art glass, difficult relationships among the police and the students and teachers and y
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great mystery. Be prepared to have wine mentioned a lot due to the French locale -- Aix. Marine (mostly referred by her first name) and Verlaque (mostly referred to by his surname) are a good team and lovers. I have the third in the series, which I will start soon.
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M. L . Longworth has written for The Washington Post, The Times (London), The Independent, and Bon Appétit magazine. She divides her time between Aix-en-Provence, where she writes, and Paris, where she teaches writing at New York University's Paris campus.


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Verlaque and Bonnet (9 books)
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  • Death in the Vines (Verlaque and Bonnet, #3)
  • Murder on the Île Sordou (Verlaque and Bonnet, #4)
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