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Murder in the Rue Dumas

(Verlaque and Bonnet #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,080 ratings  ·  119 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
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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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 ...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
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
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
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 ...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary  Mendoza
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, france
Book two in the series set in Provence. Enjoyed it a lot.
Kirsten Braker
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely, cozy read. Longworth describes France in an immersive and captivating way, and of course THE FOOD. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid book by M.L. Longworth. Look forward to reading the next in the series.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Chief magistrate Verlaine investigate murder of head of department of theology at University d'Aix with help of his girlfriend Marine Bonnet and even her mother who has no love for Verlaque.
Liza McArdle
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
This is my third Verlaque/Bonnet Provençal mystery and I must say I am really becoming attached. There’s wine, food, Provence, a handsome “juge” and murder! What could be better?
This was a very light read. It‘s entertaining and not too challenging but still manages to not be cheap or superficial.
Mystic & Noank Library
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"'Murder in the Rue Dumas' is set in Provence, the south of France. The detective, his sidekick, and his girlfriend are wonderfully crisp, intelligent characters. And the mystery does not give itself away. Throughout, the author presents culinary treats feasted on by the characters. And the setting is finely described." -Philip
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I found Murder on the Rue Dumas by M. L. Longworth on my last trip to the library. It's so nice once I have all the challenge-reading out of the way--I can give in to impulse reading and just bring home books that look interesting. I don't have to think about whether it will fit into one of my zillion challenges (and hopefully more than one) or whether I have time to sneak in a non-challenge book.

And Murder on the Rue Dumas was right up my alley--an interesting-sounding academic mystery, this
Jessica Howard
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, mystery
Antoine Verlaque is a powerful magistrate and a cigar connoisseur with a knack for saying just the wrong thing to his girlfriend, the lovely law professor Marine Bonnet. They're enjoying a weekend away when he gets a phone call from Commissioner Bruno Paulik. The head of the local university's theology department, Dr. Georges Moutte, has been found with his head bashed in. Antoine and Marine must head back to Aix-en-Provence in order to catch the killer. Could it be a colleague who wanted ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at the library around 5:20 p.m. I had finished reading it by 9:30 the next morning! Ms. Longworth's writing just flows; I didn't want to put it down. "Murder in the Rue Dumas" is the second in this series. While I would have preferred to read the books in order, it's not necessary and doesn't diminish the understanding of the relationships. I have no regrets about just diving into this series mid-stream and I highly recommend it.

I selected this book because I love most
This is a book that would be receiving a 3-1/2 rating, if there was the possibility of that. Mind you, I don't care to enter into the fray of the star ratings war; life is too short. My review will make feelings clear enough. The best points of Longworth's Murder in the Rue Dumas are her personable protagonists, Verlaque and Bonnet. Even better is the commisaire Paulik. Longworth's minor character posses equal charm. However, with all but Paulik I feel a slight doubt as to their credibility. I ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In Sept. 2011, I first discovered Mary Lou Longworth and her first mystery (Murder at the Chateau Bremont) set in Aix-en-Provence. I have waited, impatiently at times, for her follow up book MURDER IN THE RUE DUMAS ISBN 978-0143121541, trade paperback, $14.00). It was worth the wait.

Professor Moutte, the Doyen of the School of Theology at the University of Aix, is found murdered in his office. The murder occurred just after he announced that he would not be retiring. His announcement affected
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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 (8 books)
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  • Murder on the Île Sordou (Verlaque and Bonnet, #4)
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