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Love & Death in Burgundy

(French Village Mysteries #1)

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  54 reviews
From critically acclaimed author, Susan C. Shea, comes Love & Death in Burgundy, an atmospheric mystery novel filled with good Chablis, french cheese, and, of course, murder.

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Minotaur Books
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The Lit Bitch
How many amateur detective novels have you read that are set in a quaint English village? Tons, am I right? Now don’t get me wrong, I love my English village mysteries but sometimes it’s nice to have a change of scenery.

The French country side is the perfect setting for this mystery. When I think of France all I think of is Paris, but there is a whole other beautiful countryside that often gets overshadowed by the lights of Paris. I loved how this story brought life to the French countryside. I
Jessica Robbins
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Elizabeth A.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
When artist Katherine Goff and her musician husband, Michael, moved from their California home to Reigny-sur-Canne three years ago, Katherine thought it was finally her chance to live a simple, carefree life among close neighbors in a charming French village. The locals, however, turned out to be resistant to outsiders, particularly foreigners.

In attempt to get in the good graces of Madame Pomfort, an elderly widow who holds sway over the village’s social scene, Katherine persuades the mayor to
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
“Love & Death in Burgundy” earns 5/5 Glasses of Chateauneuf du Pape!

Bonjour! I am a serious Francophile—French wines, soaps and perfume, croissants and cheese…kisses? And now I can add to that list Susan C. Shea’s French Village Mystery series with the first book “Love and Death in Burgundy.” The mystery is very engaging with all the possible scenarios, and I hung on every clue to uncover what happened: accident or murder? Each character is rich and developed from the varied ex-pats to the
Merrilee Gibson
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, we have legions of English village mysteries; now it’s time for something refreshingly different: a FRENCH village mystery.

The author prefaces her book with a touching summary of her thoughts and feelings about the setting and the people in it. I was predisposed to like the book because of that, before I started Chapter 1.

Susan Shea uses the voices of two characters to tell her story. The principal one is Katherine Goff, who with her husband Michael is doing her best to become an accepted
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that's no easy task.

When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Katherine Goff is an American artist and her husband is an ex-musician who live in a small town in France. She's tried hard for three years to be accepted by her chosen country, but hasn't been able to truly become one of them. She does hope that her luncheon on this day will be a help. While she's only invited the local ladies - which include two other Americans and an Englishwoman - trouble begins to brew when the husband of one of the French women arrives to pick her up and a man he hates, ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
American e-pats Katherine and Michael Goff have been residing in Reigny-sur-Canne for three years, but still feel they are treated as outsiders. Agreeing to be in charge of arranging entertainment for the local fête seems to be the best way to insinuate themselves into the community. Gathering the women of the village for luncheon, Katherine hopes to recruit some additional support. However, the delicious food and friendly conversation are interrupted when uninvited Yves shows up to poke his ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.5 stars

LOVE & DEATH IN BURGUNDY is a charming, light mystery that is sure to please fans of the cozy and traditional mystery genre. The French setting is a refreshing change of venue in a genre that is flooded with English and small town American locales.

American artist Katherine and her musician husband Michael have lived in a small village in Burgundy for three years but are still treated as outsiders despite Katherine’s desperate attempts to fit in. She hopes that her role in the
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The book description had me at "A French Village Mystery". I fell in love with mysteries when I read my first Agatha Christie novel at the age of 10. The small, English village mystery and the cozy detective novel have held my attention (whether it be set in England, India, Switzerland or Canada) when I discovered there was a new mystery series set in the French countryside, I couldn't wait to read it. The author does a wonderful job of introducing us to the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne. ...more
Susan C. Shea launches the French Village Mystery series with Love & Death in Burgundy. Filled
with descriptions of a charming village, eccentric characters, and humorous conversations, readers who miss Rhys Bowen's Evan Evans mysteries might want to check it out.

Katherine Goff and her musician husband, Michael, have lived in Reigny-sur-Canne in the Burgundy region for three years now. Despite her French language skills, Katherine still feels isolated. And, the insecure artist is desperate to
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Katherine is an artist and her husband, Michael, is a musician and they live in a small quiet French village. All Katherine wants to do is fit in with the people of this little village. They have been living there for 3 years and she is still struggling. Michael, on the other hand, just wants to play music. Fortunately for Michael semi-famous country singer Betty Lou Holliday and her producer husband, J.B. move into town for the summer. Michael spends a lot of time working with them in hopes of ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

Katherine and her husband Michael are Americans who now live in a small village in France. Katherine desperately wants to fit in with her neighbors, but as an American, they just don't accept her. But when the elderly owner of the historic chateau is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, Katherine is determined to solve the mystery and prove her
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars
This mystery has an unbeatable setting: a small French village, where Americans Katherine Goff and her husband Michael live. The small town setting has its share of feuds and ancient grumblings, and this only becomes worse when an elderly resident is found dead at the foot of the stairs. Was it murder or a simple accident?

This is a quite readable cozy, although Katherine's constant angst over not being fully accepted by the villagers becomes wearying. Her husband had an almost-brilliant
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but it read like a project for a class on writing cozy mysteries. It was so boring and so formulaic and the main character was really snobby and insecure and mean to her husband and Jeanette in the book. There was really no suspense at all with the "mystery" or even a satisfying outcome. The "clues" were so unbelievably obvious that it took the main character literally dismissing what she is told by others to deliberately not figure it out. I still can't believe she ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-europe
Katherine, a middle-aged American artist living with her musician husband in a tiny town in France, is desperate for acceptance by the locals after three years of mostly solitary living. True, there are a few other expats around, but most of them go home for the winter. Katherine (and is it indicative that almost all her friends call her by different names--Kay, Katie, Kathy?) knows that she and Michael are too broke to keep up with the others. When an unpopular elderly man, considered by the ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book for sale at Bouchercon, the annual world mystery conference--the cover caught my eye and the setting in Burgundy sealed the deal. The front loading of characters in the first chapter (with two having names starting with 'P') deterred me somewhat but putting that aside, the narrative developed into a study of life in a French village and the expatriates trying (or not trying) to fit in. I almost gave the book a fifth star when it addressed the issues related to the lingering ...more
Cindy Ladensack
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like it (wine! cheese! bread! France!), but I just didn't really get into this book; both the plot and the characters were super tedious. The French setting was promising, but the mystery was fairly weak in both premise and execution. There was not a lot of substance; I felt like nothing really happened in the book, both with the mystery and the other events (what about the fete that was talked about during the whole book?) Most of the characters were somewhat annoying as well, ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun cozy mystery set in the French countryside where prejudices against Germans still abound despite it being a good generation away from the events of World War II. Both the writing style and the character development were good. I also liked the exploration of how small towns tend to view outsiders in a negative, slightly suspicious manner no matter how long they've lived there; having grown up in a truly small town, I know how true this is to life. Anyway, it was a good although not ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, adult
After a bit of a slow start, this one picked up for me as I was drawn in by the setting and the characters. It is as much a story about being an ex-pat in a small French village as it is a mystery. A quiet story full of the small moments of life and relationships, this did win my heart as I came to really care about Katherine and her struggles to find a new home in a new country.

The mystery moves the story but it is the people and the place that are the real focus. I will definitely read more of
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are many things to like about this new series. Of course, I enjoyed the setting of the French countryside with characters from different places that are living in this remote French country village for different reasons. I liked the historical background about this area's survival against the Nazis during the World War. The characters are very vibrant and hold the reader's interest. The plot line about the recording business also adds vitality to the plot. I also liked the ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book because several of the characters are Americans who have moved to France. It is a hard go of it for them for various reasons. I always enjoy reading about Americans who have settled somewhere else because it sounds like a cool thing to do. I am pretty sure the downsides would outweigh the upsides but the romantic in me would love to try it. Besides, it was an interesting mystery!
3.5. For mystery fans who want less drama than a Louise Penny novel but also details of small-town French life, this one is a good one, with Americans living in France but not quite understanding anything about how to fit in or what to do to make themselves happy. The mystery itself proves disappointing, but the atmosphere of disappointment, regret, attempts, self-recrimination and more is pretty great. Will read more of this series and more from this author.
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. The story flowed very well and was very enjoyable. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
This one wasn't a total loss - I enjoyed it just enough to finish it, but can't say I liked it. The lead character was just too dithering and insecure for me. She and most of the other characters annoyed me throughout the book. Her husband felt too much like a cardboard-cutout to me too. It got a little better about halfway through, and came together at the end. Still not enough to redeem the rest, though, unfortunately.
Ana Manwaring
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Love and death in Burgundy. It's filled with quirky characters that take front stage as the mystery is solved, almost in the background. I felt like I were living in a tiny French hamlet and learning to fit into the society and Pace just as Kathleen and Michael. If you want a character driven mystery set in a rich setting, this might be your next read.
Helen Campbell
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Katherine and Michael are American ex-pats living in a tiny village in France. When an elderly rich gentleman is found dead at the bottom of the staircase in his chateau, gossip and rumors erupt throughout the town, magnifying local prejudices and reviving old animosities. The book is overly wordy and the conclusion is unconvincing.
Kyle Fisher
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This would be 2.5 stars. Katherine is self-centered which was particularly annoying in the first half of the book. The flavor of a small French village didn't come through for me. The death of the aristocrat held promise but there wasn't much explanation as to why the police were involved.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book sounded interesting but it wasn't. Katherine wants to be accept by her neighbors but as an American living in Burgundy that isn't easy. An Elderly Frenchman is found dead and Katherine finds herself drawn into the town's secrets that turn her life upside down.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
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