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The Third Girl by Nell Goddin
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really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, murder-mystery, female-protagonist, france, cozy

First in the Molly Sutton murder mystery series, the Nell Goddin's The Third Girl starts as American Molly, newly divorced, starts her new life in a new country. Evocatively portraying the French countryside and people, author Nell Goddin even manages to imply the switches between languages semi-seamlessly, gradually adding to Molly’s halting vocabulary, and steadily inviting her, together with the reader, into the small-town community of Castillac. Natural conversations balance cultures perfectly with cleverly surprising turns of phrase and a pleasingly French allure. The local bar and boulangerie provide calories, characters and theories aplenty once murder adds to the menu. The local cops bounce from bumbling to sure, with deep self-doubts well-balanced against well-trained certainties. Intuition plays its undeniable part. And America may not be the only place where violent death mars the peace.

Rather like Miss Marple in France, with a pleasing touch and possibility of romance, Nell Goddin’s the Third Girl offers great scenery, great characters, intriguing mystery, and plenty of reason to return for more.

Disclosure: I can’t remember why, but this and book two were a gift, and I really enjoyed them. Just sorry I didn’t read them sooner!
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Started Reading
November 26, 2018 – Shelved
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: murder-mystery
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: female-protagonist
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: france
November 26, 2018 – Shelved as: cozy
November 26, 2018 – Finished Reading

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