Death at the Chateau Bremont: A Verlaque and Bonnet Mystery

M L Longworth, Author
M.L. Longworth. Penguin, $14 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-143-11952-4
Reviewed on: 06/06/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Hardcover - 420 pages - 978-1-4104-4038-9
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When filmmaker Étienne de Bremont takes a fatal fall out of a window of his Aix-en-Province chateau at the start of Longworth's disappointing debut, his lawyer cousins, Charles and Eric Brey, ask for an inquest, despite the conviction of Étienne's widow, Isabelle, that it was an accident. Antoine Verlaque, the examining magistrate, enlists his former lover, law professor Marine Bonnet, in the investigation, as Marine was a childhood friend of Étienne and his younger brother, the gambler and polo player François, and is acquainted with the family, staff, and their circle. Soon François turns up dead, a cache of documents goes missing, and shady dealings involving the brothers come to light. Despite the appeal of the intelligent Marine and her refreshingly opinionated friend, Sylvie, the arrogant Verlaque, contrived plot elements clumsily introduced, contradictory descriptions, and a talky conclusion that fails to use the process of detection will irritate the seasoned mystery reader. (July)
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