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Murder on the Italian Riviera

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another great mystery story, absolutely loved the setting on the French Riviera and the twists and turns of the story. a really good read for the beach this summer

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Just loved this one!

But then I have to admit to enjoying everyone in this series.

It's another well-thought-through plot, with interesting characters. A developing personal story that's highly relatable. In a beautiful part of the world. The author pulls all these elements together to create an entertaining and cozy murder mystery.

The relationship between Dan and his labby, Oscar, is awesome and they do get involved in very different situations each time. Once again, Dan works with the local authorities. He's not a maverick but an experienced eye and so is much appreciated. This time thee crime takes place in a nudist colony. It was very tastefully dealt with and, added a little dash of humour.

Well done TA Williams and Boldwood Books. I highly recommend this episode and the series if you like a gentle, flowing interesting story. and look forward to the further escapades of Dan and Oscar.

It's five out of five for me

With thanks to Netgalley, Boldwood Books and the author for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Another brilliant read from this author and I always enjoy his books they are such a variety and an easy read. A twisty read and plenty of red herrings in this one. My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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Armstrong and his trusty four legged side kick Oscar are back in the beautiful Tuscan countryside .
Dan is approached by Bianca Moretti an intelligent woman who has been in prison thanks to Dan .
Her father runs a luxury retreat and one of the guests had been found dead , the police ruled it accidental but both ambiance and her father believe it to be murder and want Dan to investigate.
All is not has it seems at the retreat and the dead man was also hiding a secret so the case is not an easy one to find the answers.
This series gets better and better the descriptive writing of the Italian countryside transports the reader there and really enhances the stories .
A great series and a great read!
Eagerly awaiting their next case .
Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books .

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This is such a great series and each story shows the wonderful partnership of the two of them on solving these mysteries. As always, the setting of these stories is beautiful and we really get the sense of the area food and people. Their are lots of suspects and red herrings to keep you guessing as always with this series. Another great addition to the series. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Private Investigator Dan Armstrong gets a lot more than he bargained for when he takes on a new case on the Italian Riviera. Bianca Moretti comes to him for help, even though he had her put away when he was still at Scotland Yard. She’s convinced a man has been murdered at her father’s luxury nudist retreat - even though the local police have decided it was an accident. When Dan arrives to investigate he soon realises he’ll have to go with the flow. And that means stripping off too. With the help of his faithful companion Oscar, he delves into the mystery, hoping to solve the case before anyone else dies.

The beautiful Italian Riviera is just as much a character in this story as any of the people. The sunny, laid-back lifestyle draws the holidaymakers to the resort - but not everyone is there simply for a holiday. The author describes the area in such magnificent detail, making me feel as if I am wallowing in the sunshine too. But we must always remember, no matter how sunny and beautiful it is, something sinister lies beneath the surface. 

Dan’s investigative style is quiet and friendly, disarming the suspects as he goes along. His unassuming manner gets more of a result than any confrontational style existed by police. And having his adorable dog Oscar by his side helps him break down barriers.

The story was well written, with an eminently likeable main character. A great mystery.

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Murder on the Italian Riviera by T.A. Williams is an entertaining cozy mystery, with grips and twists until the very end.

This series combines all the winning elements of the genre, a clever mystery, a sympathetic main character, a gentle humour, dramatic and eye-catching locations (a new one in each book), wonderful descriptions of local cuisine, colourful supporting characters and much more.

And Oscar is truly a shining star of each instalment in the series.

There are many cosy mysteries with a token dog/cat/mouse, "helping" with the investigation, but Oscar has become a truly integral part of the series. He has a great personality, and his interactions with Dan and people he meets are a joy to observe.

Murder on the Italian Riviera is an intriguing puzzle with plenty of twists, red herrings and false leads. I've enjoyed all the books in the series, Dan and Oscar have become my friends, and I'm looking forward to each new mystery with great anticipation.

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When someone he sent to prison years gone by
Asks Dan to investigate a death, he wornders why.
The police believe it was an accident but Bianca isn't so sure
She wants Dan to see if he can discover more.

She invites him to stay at her father's retreat
He agrees, thinking it could be something neat
However he hadn't realised this isn't like a dream
Or why the resort security is as tight as it would seem!

It may well be a murder mystery, it is true,
But it had me giggling most of the way through!
The idea of Dan and Oscar at a naturist resort
Had me laughing at the thought!

He's having to bare all to join the folks at the resort
His tensions are high just at the thought!
Just where to do you keep your phone and notebook?
How to you keep Oscar's nose from taking an unwanted look?

Another brilliant case for this duo to solve once more
A fantastic addition to this series I admit I adore!
For my copy of this book, I say thank you
As I share with you this, my honest review.

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Dan and Oscar's working trip to the Italian Riviera takes them to a surprising resort and an investigation with many twists and suspects. The author creates a believable detective in Dan, who once again struggles with his love life in a wholly relatable way. I like the humour and the well-thought-out investigation, which involves the reader interactively. I like the vivid descriptions of the Italian Riviera, the vibrant characters, and the humorous moments, often provided by Oscar, the dog, which balance the crimes. It is an enjoyable book with its easy-to-read, immersive writing style.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

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I think this is the best in this lovely series as there’s a lot of humorous moments, a very solid mystery full of surprises, and a cast of intriguing and well-developed characters.
There’s also some heartache, memories, a wonderful setting.
The descriptions of the place were excellent and it made me visualize the resort and the view of the sea and the mountain.
I read it in one sitting as it’s a page turner, one of those book that keeps you turning pages.
Oscar is the start of the novel and I love this dog and his healthy appetite (he makes me think of one of my cats who never stops eating).
It’s better to read the series in order even if can be enjoyed as a stand alone
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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Be prepared to be whisked away to the beautiful Italian riviera in this latest Dan Armstrong mystery. After a guest is fund dead in her father's hotel pool, Bianca seeks Dan's help, convinced that the police are wrong. Somewhat wary of her motives as it was Dan who helped to put Bianca in prison several years ago in London, he accepts the challenge.
In an Agatha Christie style denouement, all the suspects are ordered to remain at the hotel, which is in fact a nudist retreat, as one by one Dan and his faithful lab interrogate them. The only problem, any one of them could have a motive, leaving Dan suspecting everyone.
The ending is cleverly done and I didn't see it coming. A great mystery and a great read.

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Ah, picking up a new Dan and Oscar mystery is just like meeting up with an old friend. Only this time, there's nudity involved, including, Dan's! Don't worry though, it's the same style we've come to expect from this wonderful series and I couldn't wait to get mu hands upon it.
A blast from Dan's past turns up and soon, Dan's on his way tothe Italian Riviera, though he;s a little shocked to find the location of a possible murder is a naturist resort and if Dan wants answers to his questions, he'll have to strip off. Together with a well-constructed main story, Dan also has to contend with worrying about his private life as an ill thought through reply to an important question posed to him by his girlfriend Anna, threatens to send his own happiness off the rails.
This is cosy mystery at its best and the author really plays with our emotions as the story concludes. More, please!
Thank you to Boldwood Books and Netglley for the reading copy.

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I’ve loved being back in Italy with Dan and Oscar. This is such a great series and each story shows the wonderful partnership of the two of them on solving these mysteries.
This one in a naturist retreat is fun-filled and clever, and I thought the new working relationship with Luca was an interesting one, although Dan is always able to pull on his contacts from his Chief Inspector days to aid with his investigations.
As always, the setting of these stories is beautiful and we really get the sense of the Italian community including the wonderful food.
Lots of suspects and red herrings are spread throughout the book and I was never sure who had done what til the end.

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Another fabulous foray into the Italian countryside with Dan and his sidekick, Oscar the labrador!

Approached by Bianca Moretti about a death at her father's private retreat, Dan is more than a bit suspicious; he sent Bianca to jail previously - can he really trust her? Agreeing to take the case, he is in for a shock when he discover the 'retreat' is a naturists paradise - and he needs to fit right in! Can he find out whether the death was murder or, as the local police declare, accidental?

I adore this series; anyone who knows me is aware that I have two labradors and the inclusion of Oscar (we have one of those) in these novels is the icing on the cake for me. Trevor Williams has a wonderful sense of humour and it shines through in all of his books. Having said that, there is always a well-crafted mystery at the heart and I unfailingly end up suspecting everyone before I get to the crux of the matter. A delightful tale in the most glorious settings, beautifully written, as always. I hope this series continues for a long, long time - it's one of my very favourite cosy mysteries! Highly recommended and well worth all five glowing stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is - as always - my honest, original and unbiased review.

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Bianca Moretti is a face from Dan’s past as a Chief Inspector with the Met, imprisoned for her involvement in a brutal gangland killing – but, on release, she seems to have made a fresh start. And this time she’s looking for Dan’s help – a guest at her father’s holiday resort on the coast has been found dead in the swimming pool, the police have concluded it was an accident, but they both think there’s rather more to it than that. With some fears around the possibility of links with organised crime, Dan is intrigued and takes on the investigation – but there’s no sign of anything untoward on arrival, just a warm welcome from her father.

The ensuing investigation sees Dan going undercover, teasing out the relationships and back stories of the staff and guests – but only after the initial shock of finding it’s a naturist resort, and that he has little option other than shedding his clothes at the door to have any chance of being inconspicuous, leaving him with the need to get over his embarrassment, and a particular challenge in working out exactly how to carry his phone and notebook. As he begins to narrow down the suspects – while keeping a close eye on where Oscar puts his nose, and sometimes fishing him out of the swimming pool – a further death complicates the picture. That brings the police back on the scene, but with a chief investigator who’s more than happy to accept their help and work together. There are layers to this story I really didn’t see coming, and a really clever twist towards the end – but only after different individuals moved in and out of the frame, unexpected secrets were uncovered, and the red herrings multiplied as they invariably do.

The humour in this book was simply wonderful – and Oscar, of course, plays his usual part. His whole character is an absolute joy, with a constant smile on his face, his desire to be part of the action (especially if there’s food or gelato involved), his eye for the ladies, and his ability (with the slightest nod, shake of the head or paw on the knee) to communicate what he’s thinking. Dan’s sometimes a little preoccupied with thoughts about his relationship with girlfriend Anna, with a few nice emotional touches – but it doesn’t take away from the central mystery and its investigation, which is as fascinating and engaging as ever. And, of course, the story has all the usual complex characters with their layers of secrets – and the most wonderful detail around the beautiful Riviera setting, with regular breaks for food that tantalises the tastebuds or a glass or two of something delicious and cool.

This was yet another perfect instalment in a series I’d wholeheartedly recommend to all – the most wonderful entertainment, but with an engaging and compelling story, more than a few dramatic twists and turns, and an intricacy to the plotting that would satisfy any seasoned crime reader. Just wonderful – and I’m already looking forward to the next…

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When Dan is asked to investigate a murder by Bianca, someone he put away years ago, at an Italian resort, he leaps at the chance, although he wonders if she knows more than she is letting on. Unfortunately, he and his girlfriend have fallen out, so he is rather troubled. He and his trusty and cute Labrador Oscar discover that this is a naturist resort, an unusual place for Dan! Tension builds as another murder occurs and he has to check out everyone at the resort, leading him into a murky world of drugs, spies, and the Stasi.

Dan, Oscar, and his girlfriend Anna are like old friends now! Dan draws you in with his wonderful sense of humour and his exciting adventures in Italy. He has to conduct serious investigations but he manages to have a luxurious time and enjoy delicious food!

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Murder on the Italian Riviera is the 7th book in the Armstrong and Oscar Cozy Mysteries series and it's a great one! Private Investigator Dan Armstrong receives a call from Bianca Moretti about a murder that happened at her father's holiday resort (which happens to be a nudist resort) and finds himself and his labrador, Oscar, headed to Genoa. He remembers Bianca from a case some years ago, where he helped put her behind bars, and because of this, he questions her innocence. She is 1 of the 14 original suspects, which Dan eventually starts narrowing down after there is another murder at the resort. Thinning out the suspects, Dan finds out secrets and comes to the conclusion, finding the murderers.

Thank you NetGalley, Boldwood Books, and T.A. Williams for this entertaining read!

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4 Stars
One Link: Summer, food, and dead bodies!

When Bianca Moretti, someone Dan sent to prison when he was a policeman, arrived at his Italian private agency to ask for help, he was curious enough to see what the case would be. Bianca’s father runs a naturalist (nudist) resort on the beautiful Italian Riviera, and one of the guests was found dead. The police termed it accidental, but Bianca and her father think it is murder.
Dan goes to the retreat to find out what he can, but turns out he needs to blend in first. That would mean Dan has to join the guests in his birthday suit! Oscar is happy enough to have unlimited access to the pool, but things get complicated when another guest turns into a dead body. Can Dan, clothed or naked, find the killer before it’s too late?
The story comes in Dan’s third-person POV.

My Thoughts:
Well, what can I say? This is one of my top cozy mystery series. It has a beautiful Italian setting, many descriptions of good food, and a super adorable lab, Oscar.
The book should work as a standalone since the personal track is limited to a couple of chapters, and Anna doesn’t have any role in the investigation. Reading one of two previous books will work even better.
The mystery is well done, as always. This time, Dan has to do something he never did – be in his birthday suit when solving a crime! It sure results in a lot of laughs and some awkward situations.
It is fun seeing Dan being a gentleman and keeping his eyes away from where they shouldn’t linger. Also, he has to make sure Oscar doesn’t end up poking his excited nose where he shouldn’t!
The details are revealed in stages, giving us enough time to come up with our own guesses. The information is not deliberately withheld, which is always a plus. Moreover, the inspector on the case is a good guy and happy to work with Dan. I like it when this happens. It shows them as sensible investigators.
Of course, there is good food and yummy gelato in various flavors. Some for Oscar, too! I don’t usually read summer books in summer (why go through with it twice?), but this year, it seems I have to bear summer in real life and in books. Sigh! At least, ice creams are common on both.

To summarize, Murder on the Italian Riviera is a solid addition to the series. The pacing is steady and keeps the narrative flowing. Let’s get ready for the next book!
Thank you, NetGalley and Boldwood Books, for eARC. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book.
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I can hardly believe that Murder on the Riviera is the 7th title in the Armstrong and Oscar cosy mystery series, but it is, and I've read them all.

I really enjoyed the setting for Murder on the Italian Riviera. The thought of Dan entering a naturist retreat was most amusing, especially his concerns about where to keep his phone and notebook and Oscar's nose out of mischief.

As ever, the set-up for the mystery is masterfully created. As ever, we have no idea who could possibly have been responsible for the murder until Dan starts to dig deeper, following his instinct, and starting to piece together the evidence he manages to accumulate.

A firm addition to the series.

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my review copy.

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This is my first experience with T A Williams and his private investigator Dan Armstrong. I was drawn to the title and cover art as well as his home in Florence. And his companion, a black Labrador named Oscar!
In this 7th installment of the series Dan is hired by a woman he helped to convict of drug charges when he worked with the police in London. A man has been murdered at her father’s resort on the Riviera. Dan and Oscar arrive to find that it is a resort for naturists so he takes off his clothes and begins investigating. Many suspects must be interviewed. They are from several different countries and speak several languages. After a second murder is committed in the exact same way, Dan is asked to help by the local police.
It was an entertaining mystery with an intelligent main character. I have already found the first in the series and will read more of T A Williams.

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