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- Print Length: 360 pages
- Publisher: San Marco Press; 2 edition (1 Jan. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GY0Y8S
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- Average Customer Review: 384 customer reviews
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Murder in the South of France (The Maggie Newberry Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But it is more than just spelling that is wrong with this tale. I have mentioned in other reviews an exotic and mythical 51st state - called "Europe" which is the backdrop for some of the indifferent offerings of poor American writers. In this fanciful place the indigenous characters speak and behave just like Americans and the social norms and conventions are exactly like those in the States. And part of this tale is set here. Even with the addition of the occasional "Parlez-vous anglais?" to add local flavour, the author fails dismally to convince that any of the book is in fact in France. Having read several portions of the text supposedly set in France, I was left scratching my head thinking "They don't do that in France!"
At one point, there is even a French Policeman involved who makes the mistake of describing the law there exactly as if it were in America. Now I will readily admit that it has been a few years since I lived in France - and they may have "gotten with the program" since - but the Napoleonic Judicial system is based more on the accused proving their innocence.
This would not have been particularly obscure to research as Christopher Stasheff used the difference to particularly good effect in "The Warlock Inspite of Himself"
Regrettably the problems with this fiction are not restricted to the pitiful portrayal of Europe and Europeans.
There are continuity errors throughout. Even the heroine changed the colour of her eyes in the early part. The descriptive prose is laughably clunky. The characters were very poorly drawn. I failed to find anybody in the book to be believeable - in particular the heroine who seemed to be able to set aside any feeling of grief at the loss of her sister to lead lead the hunky Frenchman into the bedroom! REALLY???
I do like to get to the end of a whodunnit and think to myself, "Well, I didn't see that coming!" We probably all do. But, without ruining the plot for anybody who does want to fight this strangled saga to the bitter end, the climax revealed such an implausable conclusion that I laughed AT it rather than with it!
Poorly written, poorly researched and as far as I can tell, completely unedited - even for a freebie it represents poor value for money. Best avoided!
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