Meanwhile, Maggie, an author from Atlanta, is now living with her husband Laurent, and baby Jem, on a Vineyard in the South of France. She loves her life in France but does need a boost in book sales. She also worries that Laurent may be hiding financial difficulties from her. Her connection to the murdered Lainie (old school friends) causes her to leave her life in the village to search for the killer.
While the mystery is interesting and fun to solve along with Maggie, the real strength in Murder in Nice lies in Susan Kiernan-Lewis' wonderful descriptions of the countryside ( "a platoon of olive and fig trees lined a pebbled path from the terrace leading to the fields"), the food ("warm goat cheese cake on a bed of greens" with a "Rosemary balsamic reduction") and the people. She makes us want to be friends with Maggie, get to know "hunky" Laurent and spend time with all of the surrounding characters.
This is the first book of this series that I have read, and I am off to find #1.
Publisher - San Marco Press
Date of Publication - September 30, 2014