Murder on the Île Sordou

M. L. 1963- Longworth

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"The fourth book in the series finds Verlaque and Bonnet on vacation on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth's books enchant mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes. In Murder on the Île Sordou, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are hoping to enjoy a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, an opulent hotel that is reopening after decades, but someone has o...ther plans. Maxime Le Bon and his wife have spent their life savings restoring the Locanda, which lies on an archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. The murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone's vacation, and Verlaque and Bonnet are once again called to investigate. But things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?"--

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Longworth, M. L. (Mary Lou), 1963- Verlaque and Bonnet mystery.
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Mystery fiction
Published
New York, New York : Penguin Books 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
303 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN
9780143125549
0143125540
Main Author
M. L. 1963- Longworth (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Longworth's novels, set in the south of France (principally Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) are mysteries for foodies, with the plot providing a table upon which the enchanting meals and accompanying wines are served. In this, the fourth, series hero Judge Antoine Verlaque, the examining magister for Aix (which position allows him to investigate mysteries), and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, vacation at a remote resort in the Mediterranean off the coast of Marseille. In an Agatha Christie–like And Then There Were None setup that doesn't quite come off, we're introduced to the small number of guests visiting the isolated resort, including an American couple, a Parisian couple, a failed poet, and a former film star. We're also given marvelous brief bios of the people who work at the resort and the challenges they face. One of the guests is murdered, of course, and Verlaque investigates, but this murder is only a side dish to Longworth's lovingly rendered descriptions of dining. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In their fourth outing (after Death in the Vines) Judge Antoine Verlaque and his law professor girlfriend Marine Bonnet try to enjoy a holiday off the coast of Marseille at the grand reopening of the Locanda Sordou, an opulent hotel that had been closed for several decades. Marine and Antoine soon discover that beneath the building's elegant facade lies discontent and quarrels among the guests. Their vacation takes a turn for the worse when one guest is murdered and a storm cuts off all contact with the mainland. Can Antoine and Marine catch the killer before another member of their group dies? VERDICT Longworth once again immerses readers in French culture with this whodunit, which will delight Francophiles and fans of Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri. The setting will also appeal to readers who enjoy trapped-on-the-island mysteries in the tradition of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. [Page 64]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Longworth's thoroughly delightful fourth Provençal mystery (after 2013's Death in the Vines), examining magistrate Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet, his law-professor girlfriend, take a vacation on Sordou, a small island off the coast of Marseilles. They stay at the Locanda Sourdou, a newly reopened hotel that retains its 1960s elegance. Fellow guests include Sylvie Grassi, Martine's best friend; Eric Monnier, an elderly poet; Bill and Shirley Hobbs, an American couple; and over-the-hill actor Alain Denis, whose rudeness upsets everyone, especially his sensitive teenage stepson. When one of their company is shot to death, Antoine must move into professional mode. Longworth deftly handles what is in effect a locked-room mystery, but the book's real strength lies the backstories she creates for each of the distinctive characters. The puzzle's answer, buried in the past, is well prepared by what has come before. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The fourth book in the series finds Verlaque and Bonnet on vacation on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth's books enchant mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes. In Murder on the ãIle Sordou, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, are hoping to enjoy a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, an opulent hotel that is reopening after decades, but someone has other plans. MaximeLe Bon and his wife have spent their life savings restoring the Locanda, which lies on an archipelago just off the coast of Marseille. The murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone's vacation, and Verlaque and Bonnet are once again called to investigate. But things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Vacationing at the opulent Locanda Sordou hotel, Verlaque and Bonnet investigate a murder and find things going from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland, trapping them with a killer.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

While vacationing at the opulent Locanda Sordou hotel, Judge Antoine Verlaque and his girlfriend, law professor Marine Bonnet, investigate a murder and find things going from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland, trapping them with a killer. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this decadent installment, Verlaque and Bonnet find themselves hunting a murderer on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean SeaProvençal Mystery Series #4Now a series on BritBox.On-again couple Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet are hoping for a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, but someone has other plans.Hoteliers Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings restoring the hotel, which lies in an archipelago of sun-soaked islands off the coast of Marseille. To celebrate the grand opening, a group of privileged guests joins Verlaque and Bonnet: Marine’s free-spirited best friend; an aging film star, his much-younger wife, and her disgruntled son; a pair of affable American tourists; and a querelous Parisian couple. But the murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone’s vacation, and things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth enchants mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes in this installment of her acclaimed mystery series.“A charming read with a well-crafted mystery and characters as rich and full-bodied as a Bordeaux.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this decadent installment, Verlaque and Bonnet find themselves hunting a murderer on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean SeaProvençal Mystery Series #4On-again couple Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet are hoping for a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, but someone has other plans.Hoteliers Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings restoring the hotel, which lies in an archipelago of sun-soaked islands off the coast of Marseille. To celebrate the grand opening, a group of privileged guests joins Verlaque and Bonnet: Marine’s free-spirited best friend; an aging film star, his much-younger wife, and her disgruntled son; a pair of affable American tourists; and a querelous Parisian couple. But the murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone’s vacation, and things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth enchants mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes in this installment of her acclaimed mystery series.“A charming read with a well-crafted mystery and characters as rich and full-bodied as a Bordeaux.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review by Publisher Summary 6

In this decadent installment, Verlaque and Bonnet find themselves hunting a murderer on a remote island in the glittering Mediterranean SeaThe newest book in the Provençal Mystery series, The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche, is available now from Penguin BooksOn-again couple Antoine Verlaque and Marine Bonnet are hoping for a relaxing holiday at the Locanda Sordou, but someone has other plans.Hoteliers Maxime and Catherine Le Bon have spent their life savings restoring the hotel, which lies in an archipelago of sun-soaked islands off the coast of Marseille. To celebrate the grand opening, a group of privileged guests joins Verlaque and Bonnet: Marine’s free-spirited best friend; an aging film star, his much-younger wife, and her disgruntled son; a pair of affable American tourists; and a querelous Parisian couple. But the murder of one of the guests casts a shadow over everyone’s vacation, and things go from bad to worse when a violent storm cuts off all communication with the mainland. Will the killer strike again?Like Donna Leon and Andrea Camilleri, M. L. Longworth enchants mystery lovers with a taste for good food and gorgeous landscapes in this installment of her acclaimed mystery series.“A charming read with a well-crafted mystery and characters as rich and full-bodied as a Bordeaux.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel