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A Noël Killing

(Verlaque and Bonnet #8)

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Christmastime in the south of France is as beautiful as ever, but when a shady local businessman drops dead in the middle of the festivities, Verlaque and Bonnet must solve the case while keeping the holiday spirit alive

Antoine Verlaque, examining magistrate for the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence, doesn't like Christmas. The decorations appear in the shops far too
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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Penguin Books
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The Lit Bitch
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Verlaque and Bonnet series is one that I came into a little late, but have always enjoyed the mysteries. They have a sophisticated feel to them but they still manage to maintain their charm.

I think one of the things that always keeps this series in the forefront of my mind is the covers. The covers are incredible and eye catching. Every time I see one I instantly think, ‘oh yes another Verlaque and Bonnet mystery!‘. The covers are so recognizable and admittedly why I picked up the series in
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Kathy
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the first seven books and now I am wondering what happened. Is it just me? Is it too much Christmas after all the crowded trains, sidewalks and stores filled with Christmas shoppers? Or did this book press into a more conventional, cosy-style mystery series where everything is broadcast in lights before it happens?
I am truly surprised that I was simply bored reading this latest book of the series. I think I was the first to pick it up at my library and had been looking forward to it. The
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Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
Another excellent story in M.L. Longworth's Verlaque and Bonnet series. Fans will certainly enjoy another tale of life and crime in lovely Aix-en-Provence. An investigation into a crime at an annual Christmas carol service at the local Cathedral Saint Sauveur brings an especially interesting perspective for this season in Provence. It is a family affair to figure this out for the team.
The author has created two wonderfully complicated, pleasing characters in M. Verlaque and Marine Bonnet. In
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Marilyn
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it

It was a nice day that my daughter introduced me to this series because of our mutual enjoyment of other French mysteries. I like a series that evolves book by book. I like mysteries set in France, and enjoy the romance and gourmet food and wine which French novels often have. I would give it a 3 1/2. Although still very enjoyable, it didn't quite reach the level of the first seven books for me. The Christmas theme was not central to the plot and seemed a bit like a gimmick. The characters were
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Susan
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-europe
Marine Bonnet insists that her reluctant husband Antoine Verlaque attend the Anglo Protestant church's carol ceremony and the dinner after it. When one of the others in attendance falls downdead, the doctor hints to Antoine, who is the examining magistrate of lovely Aix-en-Provence, that it doesn't look like a heart attack to him. Sure enough, poison is found during the autopsy, and Antoine and his friend Bruno, the police chief, must investigate the dead man's life. A second murder attempt ...more
Homerun2
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Another pleasant addition to this series set in Provence and featuring magistrate Antoine Verlaque, and his wife, writer and professor Marine Bonnet.

Verlaque is not a fan of Christmas, and he is grumbling about the early onset of the retail season and the rush of tourists. While at a musical community event, an American operating a tour business is poisoned and dies. The investigation leads in a lot of different directions: the victim had recently borrowed money from some organized
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Deon Stonehouse
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect mystery for the season! Antoine Veralaque, magistrate of the picturesque French town of Aix-en-Provance, is a bit bah humbug about the holiday season. His wife, Marine Bonnet, contrives to have him accompany her to the Cathedral for the carol singing by the choir, an event her mother is involved in promoting. After the concert, there is an international dinner with vendors from the market bringing an array of dishes representing many countries. Thus Veralaque is right on hand when a ...more
Kathleen Gray
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh those pesky Americans! Magistrate Verlaque already dislikes Christmas, no matter how much more atmospheric it makes Aix-en-Provence, but the murder of an expat (no matter how obnoxious and rude) doesn't make things better. Luckily, his partner and wife Marine Bonnet, is a cheerier sort. Of course, there are lots of suspects and Verlaque and Bonnet have to work their way through the list in order to solve things before Christmas. There's good atmospherics (the food!) and nice byplay between ...more
Darius Ostrowski
Another French mystery with Veralaque and Bonnet, set in Aix-en-Provence, this time at Christmas. A Christmas market brings an international cast of characters to town, with a murder (or two) to follow. Veralaque is crankier than usual, not a big fan of the holidays. And Bonnet seems to play a minor role is this one, until the end.

I guess I just haven't warmed up to the main characters much - unlike other European mysteries (Donna Leon's series, Bruno chief of police, etc.), Veralaque seems
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Elizabeth Berger
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The coziest book ever!

This was my first Verlaque and Bonnet mystery, and while you don't have to read them all to jump into any of them, I now want to go back and read the previous 7. They're all set in the South of France with plenty of details about French food and wine peppered throughout the classic whodunnit plot. And this one had the bonus of being set during Christmastime!

Highly recommend if you're looking for something quick to read this December. Just make sure to pair it with a glass
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Susan Cabaniss
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I read this series more for the Provençal living, the food and wine, and the relationships between Verlaque and his two partners (wife and coworker). The mysteries are secondary, and in this instance, not all that interesting. Doesn’t matter, I’m happy to just read about these characters in this setting. Two nitpicking items: his wife’s new avocation as a writer should be fleshed out, and I don’t like the dangling thread of what Marine taped.
Annarella
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm more than happy I got this ARC because I discovered a new to me amazing series.
It's an engrossing and entertaining read that kept me hooked till the end.
I loved the setting that made me crave to be there, the likeable and well written cast of characters, and the solid mystery that kept me guessing.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Strongly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Elissa
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the eighth book in the Verlaque and Bonnet series, it works well as a stand alone.
This is an enjoyable mystery set in the South of France during the Christmas season. M.L. Longworth describes the town of Aix-en-Provence wonderfully and the descriptions of the food are mouth watering.
I felt the book started slowly but in the second half of the book i realized that the beginning was necessary for the characters to be developed. The mystery kept me guessing until the end.
Pamela Murray
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great Book, Bad Editing

I love this series. I do not want to sound like a fuss budget, but when did book editors stop understanding the difference between discrete (separate) and discreet (subtle and without fanfare)? All over the place in this book, and a bit distracting,
Claudia Silk
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love M.L. Longworth!! When you read one of her mysteries you feel like you have just taken a little trip to Aix in France. She lovingly describes the wine, the food and the scenery. The mystery is just a bonus!
Diane Peters
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent addition to the series
Christina
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful descriptions of food, wine while feeling like I'm on a little vacation in France with a mystery as a bonus. Lovely read.
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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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