Fiction Review: Le French Book – “Monmartre Mysteries”

A new Winemaker Detective Series book!

Good series keep things fresh and interesting with each book. GREAT series leave the reader clamoring for the next installment upon completion of the last. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is a great series!

Monmartre Mysteries is a step away from what readers have experienced in previous works, as Benjamin and Virgile solve the mystery, but they are not the main sleuths on the case. They come upon the crime by happenstance, as they were only in the area in answer to a call for the expert winemaker’s consultation. In fact, the initial crime isn’t even really the central theme of the book – it is more about understanding Benjamin’s friend Arthur, Arthur’s turbulent past, and why he was attacked.

As the plot focuses on Arthur’s past, we get a lot of musing from the characters on their own histories, so the book has a very reflective tone. There is a greater focus on the individual people in this work than previously in the series. I found all of this to be an interesting way to tell the tale, and thought the way the authors wrapped up the story, with an epilogue that briefly covered what became of each character, to be a very cool ending.

I’ve read my fair share of “small-town kid in the big city” works written here in the U.S. While they may be set in different locale across the world, they all had similar flavor to them. In another broadening of my world-view, until now I had never thought about that trope showing up in works written by authors in other countries, as we often tend to think of other cultures as one homogeneous label of “French” or “German”, etc. It was a highlight to me to see firsthand how, even across distance and culture, we still share the same stories, ideas, and nuances, with our own unique cultural twists.

I really enjoyed this book, and I know you will as well!

I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley.

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