Murder and the Missing Dog

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Book 2 of A Château in Burgundy Mystery
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 29 Feb 2024

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"The quirky village residents make this an appealing series debut" Library Journal on Murder Visits a French Village

Ariel Shepard has spent the last year renovating her beautiful French ch�teau, while also ingratiating herself into the lives and hearts of the quirky locals of Noyers-sur-Serein. The shocking business of the murder of the local historian is behind her and she is finally feeling at home.

However, it's not long before murder and mystery once again seek Ariel out, when she and her friend Katherine find the body of the elderly Madame Toussaint in the doorway of Katherine's flea market shop.

Who would want to harm this lonely soul? Where is the bag the woman never leaves home without? And more importantly, where is her loyal, loving dog who never leaves her side? Could Raoul, Ariel's stoic gardener, really have something to do with it? And could Madame Toussaint have been mixed up with the robberies increasing around the idyllic villages of France?

Despite warnings from the rather handsome Brigadier Allard, Ariel, with help from Katherine and Pippa, once again dons her sleuthing hat . . .

"The quirky village residents make this an appealing series debut" Library Journal on Murder Visits a French Village

Ariel Shepard has spent the last year renovating her beautiful French ch�teau...

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In Susan C. Shea's second A Chateau in Burgundy mystery, Ariel Shepard is an American woman who is still in the process of renovating the old French chateau that her husband bought for her--without her knowledge-- prior to his unexpected death She hopes to turn it into a B&B full of local color and culture, but it's a bigger, more expensive project than she expected.

Just as she and her American and British friends are recovering from a murder (detailed in the previous book), Ariel comes upon a very elderly woman lying dead in the doorway of Katherine's shop, the victim of a murder. Mrs. Toussaint was a mysterious figure, leaving her home only to offer some items for sale at the shop. The motive for her murder is unclear, and the whereabouts of her beloved canine companion, without whom she is rarely seen, is uncertain. The mystery is an intriguing one, as Ariel and her friends try to unravel it, feeling a responsibility to bring justice for Mrs. Toussaint. They conduct their own investigation quietly and methodically, although sometimes ignoring the law, Was the woman somehow involved with the theft of valuable goods, or is there a much deeper and more significant reason for her murder?

I enjoyed the engaging characters, and I found the resolution of the case very gratifying. But even more satisfying is the author's detailed description of the chateau's renovation, as well as the beauty of this region of France and the culture of a particular small town. There is a hint of potential romance, which will hopefully continue in future series entries.

My thanks to Severn House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

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Don't worry if you, like me, missed the first book- this entertaining mystery will be fine as a standalone. Ariel, an American widow, is rebuilding her life, and her chateau in a small French village. And then, an elderly member of the community is found dead on her friend Katherine's doorstep- and the woman's dog is missing. These two intrepid outsiders solve the mystery and, well, no spoilers from me. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A fun cozy read.

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new-series, France, widow, inheritance, pet-dog, cozy-mystery, cultural-differences, cultural-exploration, hospitality-industry, friendship, frustration, friends, family, verbal-humor, situational-humor, suspense, suspicion, small-town, small-business*****

Recently widowed American Ariel Shepard is working to renovate the old French chateau that her husband bought shortly before his death when he planned for them to do this together and to make it a vacation destination. Her best friends are British expat Katherine who is also a shop owner and Pippa. Together they try to fit in with the villagers, are motivated to find a murderer, and irritate the Brigadier. It's a fun story with quite a bit of situational humor, misunderstandings, red herrings, and amazing plot twists all held together by suspense. Loved it!
I requested and received an EARC from Severn House via NetGalley. Thanks!
Book 2 of A Château in Burgundy Mystery

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this was a great sequel in the Château in Burgundy Mystery series, I thought it worked with the overall story that I wanted from the genre. The characters worked well and worked with the mystery element overall. Susan C. Shea has a great writing style and thought it was a wonderfully done mystery. I enjoyed how everything worked in this universe and how the characters worked in this universe. I hope to read more in this series and from the author.

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